I have found that starting my day with certain ‘habits’ or ‘rituals’ keeps me healthy in my mind, body, and spirit. These naturally occurring routines ground me physically, clear my head mentally, and nourish my spirit. What are your daily habits? How do they affect you?
1. Gratitude. I review my gratitude for my life, for who I am, and for the day. Doing this keeps me in the present moment of this breath. I am not drawn into a story of the future or the past. I am here now, with gratitude. This helps my heart to stay open to all that life is.
2. Review the tasks of the day, and prioritize. Sometimes I write these down but most of the time I spend about ten minutes per day checking my calendar and reviewing what tasks need my attention and make a list of prioritizing them. This keeps me grounded and focused.
3. Wake early. Waking up early is the foundation for the above items. It allows me quiet space. Additionally, being attuned to the Earth’s rhythm produces better sleep and research says this can be support one in having a more optimistic outlook.
4. Hot water and lemon. Every single morning before anything else goes in my body, I drink a large mug of hot water with lemon. This helps the body eliminate toxins in the body, balances the ph in the body, and nourishes the brain. This is also great for skin. Every day.
5. Affirmation/Meditation. This takes less than five minutes and is so powerful. I close my eyes for about five minutes and I whether repeat affirmations; all is well, I am exactly where I am supposed to be, I am open to anything, I am willing, etc., or if I just sit in the quiet space and watch my breath. This helps me to live in the present moment and know that my life is unfolding just as it is supposed to.
6. Essential Oils. Each morning I apply essential oils to my feet. In doing this I am not only helping my physical body stay healthy or keep pain at bay, I am taking the time to love myself and give myself the gift of self-care. I am being a receiver of the love that I give so often to others. That is a good thing.