Make Mornings Magic
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If you follow me on Insta, perhaps you caught me last week live with my friend and colleague Alicia Luciani as we shared in conversation around morning routines.
If you didn’t see it, Alicia interviewed me podcast style (and did a truly amazing job holding this role), and we dove in beyond the morning routine, and discussed intuition, wellness, modeling self-care for our children, boundaries, and technology.
It was a fun conversation, and if you have about 50 minutes and access to Instagram, I invite you to tune in by going to my page. (if you love this topic and want even more, head over to Alicia’s page as she has been interviewing fabulous women all month around their morning routines).
But today I feel inspired to share with you all my core tenants of what makes mornings special to me. I have felt called to share about this self-care practice for some time, and my convo with Alicia lit that desire inside of me. My hope is you find something in my what I share to inspire how you view mornings.
First, I’d like to start by renaming my “morning routine”. That just sounds so structured and boring and masculine. What do you think of calling it Morning Magic, shall we?
It really does feel magical. I shared with Alicia, this time for me is about “checking in with myself”. Asking myself, “What do I need?” first thing in the morning, and creating sacred space for listening and giving to myself, before I give to anyone or anything else.
I used to be the person who woke up to immediately start responding to texts/emails, checking feeds, catching up on news, reviewing to-do lists, or chatting with my husband about whatever my mind was ruminating on. I would wake up to stress. Maybe you can relate to this?
I went through phases of my life where I would turn this down and take time to do one self-care practice or another. But I mostly did this in response to times of deep chaos in my life (specifically when I worked night shift, and when I went through my postpartum period with Ceanna). But as I felt more at ease, the practices would fall to the back burner. Maybe you can relate to letting go of your self-care when things seem to be going well in life?
I’ve now come to realize the importance of viewing self-care as essential and preventative, instead of reactive. We are so damn reactive in our world today, and research suggests this is a contributing factor to dysregulation of our nervous systems, leaving people feeling more easily triggered and activated.
I’ve noticed this in so many of us when it comes to our relationships with technology. We use our devices as a tool to tell us what we should be doing with our time, or where our thoughts should be.
Simply divorcing ourselves from tech in the morning, and taking intentional time to care for ourselves at the start of our day can mean a world of difference in adapting our nervous systems to be more resilient, allowing us to auto-regulate ourselves.
Okay tech rant over, and on to how I make my Morning Magic:
· Rule 1: No devices or stressful conversations until I intuitively feel my tank is on full. Some days this takes 30 minutes, sometimes it’s the first 2 hours of my day. If I wake up with my to-do list on my mind, I may quickly jot down a short list with pen and paper so I can let it go. If you’re asking “how would I know when the tank is full versus empty?”, know that developing that type of relationship with yourself comes with practice.
· Rule 2: there are no other rules, just start. Take action. Do small things that feel like self-care. I hold myself to this rule, because I often feel pulled to create more structure in my morning routine and have a list of habits to check off, but that ultimately doesn’t feel loving to me. So, I’ve become determined to keep this morning magic time as a space for creativity and following what feels good, which may change day to day.
Here is the full breakdown of what most mornings are looking like for me lately:
· Wake up approximately 5am and ideally before Ceanna
· Take my temperature with an oral thermometer kept by my bed. I log my waking temperature daily to track my menstrual cycle. This helps me know when I’m ovulating, and also supports my desire of feeling connected to my femininity. (let me know if tracking your cycle interests you or you want to learn more!)
· Go to bathroom and scrape my tongue and brush my teeth
· If I feel up for it at this point, I will take a cold shower and perhaps focus in on my breath
· Make bed, put on comfy clothes (no bra), and head out to kitchen
· Prepare warm lemon + ginger water (hydration, detoxification, immune, and cellular health)
· Take my water outside, and walk around in grass (grounding) (often hear birds chirping)
· This is where I start listening to my body and typically ask the question: “what do I need?” I will take time to listen, and see where that leads, letting my body and creativity take over. Sometimes its a flowy/dancy yoga sequence, sometimes its breathwork, visualizations, or sitting in silence. The goal is to stay outside until my lemon water is finished.
· Prepare coffee (currently enjoying blending in collagen and mushroom adaptogens)
· At this point Ceanna is normally up and ready for me to spend some time with her, I’ll sit close by to wherever she is playing and journal for as long as she’ll allow, or as long as my words flow
· Review day’s calendar as well as personal and biz to-do lists and intentions/desires for the day
· Eat something small (normally fruit) and start getting dressed and ready for my workout
· Workout (either in garage or head to a CrossFit class)
· Make a bigger breakfast (typically eggs and a smoothie with protein and fruit)
· Attack the day
Wow that list looks long, but it all feels so good. I’m curious, what parts surprise you? What parts might you consider experimenting with in your morning or daily routines?
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