Merriam-Webster defines mindfulness as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” Having a a mindful morning routine is really just a way for you to acknowledge your thoughts and needs. It is setting the intention to do something for YOU to start your day. The list doesn’t need to be long list of things and remember it wont look same as your best friends. The list should be tailored to you and your needs for the day.
Starting your day with mindfulness can help you be in the present moment. So if you are with your family, it is all about family, or at work you are engulfed in work. Mindfulness can always help you feel more in control and less rushed throughout the day. On This Girl Life Podcast this week we are sharing our tips to creating a mindful morning routine. Like I said no one’s mindful morning routine will look the same, Kristen and I have been BFF’s for years and ours look very different. Here is Kristen’s Four Mindful Tips that you can read on The Everyday Grace.
15 minutes of quiet
Do one thing for you
Make Your Bed
Four Tips To Have a Mindful Morning
1. Flush your system– A glass of filtered water with lemon ( and maybe a pinch of mineral salt) is perfect way to start your morning. Our body is dehydrated after not having any fluid for 7-9 hours. Starting your morning by hydrating your body is a way to wake up every cell in your body. This morning cocktail can also help with digestion and elimination which will definitely get your day “moving.”
2. Morning Pep Talk– I start every morning with a positive pep talk. The Shine app is a daily pep talk in your pocket. Once I wake up I make a quick foamy delicious coconut milk latte and head straight to my Shine app. It’s a text service that sends tips & content to you daily that is focused on confidence, daily happiness, mental wellness, and productivity. Listening to a morning meditation is a great pick- me-up, that also helps me have a positive and compassionate mindset for the day.
3. Journal Detox– This is also known a brain dump and it’s probably the hardest part of my morning routine.Being a mom can make this very difficult because they always seem to be needing something. But when I manage to journal it is a time for me to focuse on gratitude and my gifts. It also allows me to look at my day, evaluating what needs to get done. Thanks to the Shine app I started using the urgent important matrix. It is a simple but effective tool for prioritizing your to-do list based on the level of urgency and importance of each task. It look like this–
Urgent Important Matrix: These are items that will help you achieve long and mid-term goals and objectives. So they aren’t necessarily pressing for attention, we often put them off to deal with “urgent” issues.
Not Urgent and Not Important: Consider these distractions that aren’t important or urgent in achieving your long-term goals.
Urgent but Not Important – These are really just interruptions, things that just take up time. but don’t have real value. A good example would be most emails we receive each day.
Urgent and Important – Consider these the must be managed “right now”. Important and Urgent activities could be a deadline that must be met or an emergency that needs to be dealt with ASAP.
4. Breakfast is without technology: the last tip to have a mindful more is eat your breakfast without technology. Multitasking while eating leads to distracted or hurried eating which can make you eat more. Slowing down and savoring your food can help you control your intake and just enjoy/ focus on your food.