10 Morning Rituals for Energy and Creativity
If you win the morning, you win the day.
A honed morning routine is a common denominator of the top performers in the world.
Having a morning routine gives a basis for building a better life.
A consistent approach to starting the day allows us to feel safe and grounded.
This foundation is fundamental to reaching our peak performance levels.
We will be exploring the ten best rituals you can use every day to boost your energy and increase your powers of creativity.
1. Make Your Bed
When you wake up and get out of bed, turn around and make that bed.
Making your bed is about setting the right mindset for the day.
If you treat yourself like a delicate animal and nuture yourself, you’ll increase your self-esteem
When you come back at night, you will feel grateful that you have a snug bed to curl up into
US Admiral William H. McCraven, who spent 36 years as a Navy SEAL says
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-reason-this-navy-seal-makes-his-bed-will-convince-you-to-do-the-same
Shaking is a way to release the tension we have been storing in our muscles.
Practised for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, it is a critical component of the Qi Gong discipline.
I recommend a full-body Qi-Gong style shake for 3-5 minutes, where you activate all the major joints in your body.
Developing shaking into a specific trauma release therapy has brought it to a wider audience with licensed practitioners and thousands of advocates.
The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.”
A comforting stretch of the muscles when you wake up is an instinctive action and for a good reason too.
“When you sleep, your muscles lose tone and fluid tends to pool along your back. Stretching helps to massage fluid gently back into the normal position.”
Stretching gently raises the heart rate, improves flexibility and posture.
Try to get a stretch in that hits each major muscle group.
I like to pay particular attention to the neck and lower spine,
4. Get the Heart Rate Up
After warming up and loosening our muscles engaging in a short burst of intense exercise releases endorphins and serotonin that improves your mood.
Boosting our heart rates increases oxygen flow to the brain.
You’ll feel more awake and ready to handle the day.
“Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. … If you exercise regularly, it can reduce your stress and symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and help with recovery from mental health issues”
Aim for a minute of high-intensity movement
Like burpees, jumping jacks or skipping.
Next up is some breathing exercises.
I’m an advocate of the Wim Hoff method.
Which involves hyperventilating for thirty breathes, breathing out and then holding you breath.
And then breathing in and holding your breath.
The “thing” is his astounding ability to exercise conscious control of his body’s autonomous system, based on a combination of breathing and meditative techniques that allow him to voluntarily alter his physiology to adapt to environmental stress. “
And in at number six is the most important of daily habits.
Meditation helps to regulate your inside world.
Try to spend at least 10 minutes in complete stillness with a good posture focusing on deep breathing with your eyes closed.
That’s all you need to do to get going.
Think about letting your body and mind meet at a place of stillness.
Positive affirmation help reset the mind and change your core limiting beliefs.
This habit can fundamentally change your confidence and self-esteem.
Try standing in front of the mirror and saying.
“I finish what I begin.”
“I do not need anybody else to feel good about me.”
“Treating myself like a precious object makes me strong.”
8. The Ideating Practice
Your imagination is like a muscle.
Generating ideas is an exercise you can do to expand this muscle.
It’s beneficial to challenge your creativity for five minutes every day.
I like to set myself questions and come up with as many solutions as possible and focussing on quantity rather than quality.
I write questions like; How to improve my life
How to be more patient
How to increase page views on my blog
What would Mum like for Christmas
A gratitude practice is a journalling exercise where you write down what makes you grateful.
It helps you appreciate what you have and focus on the good in your life.
We are helping you to stay positive in a world of FOMO and fake Instagram lifestyles.
Look at your life and be thankful for the small things.
As there are no big things only hundreds of small things
10. Stream of Consciousness
Coming in at number ten is the journalling practise known as stream of consciousness.
I first came across this method in the sacred book of nurturing creativity, the Artist’s Way.
I’ve stuck a link to this in the description.
What you do is
You sit down with a pen and write three pages of whatever comes into your head.
No matter what it is, whether it’s “the grand old duke of york had ten thousand men.”
Or “how do you milk soya beans.”
Or even non-sensical blabber such as this endearing passage from my journal.
“Savaging the souls of blinkered heathens is the quickest way to dispute the king of reason.”
I have done this every day for the last six months and can recommend it without doubt as one of the best practices, for clearing my mind for the day ahead.
Try this in particular if you suffer from overthinking or neurotic tendencies.
And a bonus just because I like you.
Here is a bonus.
No, I’m joking.
But, mild stimulants are a proven way to get you into the flow.
These are 11 ways I use to kick start my day.
I challenge you to try and use each one of these methods in your life.
Put it to the test and commit to 30 days of following a bold morning routine.
They say it takes three weeks to form a habit.
So let’s see how this affects your experience of life.
Try them out and find what works for you.
I find a morning routine to be evolutionary and adapt to the context of our lives.
It’s about finding balance