Wake up, roll over, check your phone. Repeat. Blegh. This behavior leaves me feeling depressed, stagnant and uninspired. I found it very helpful to break this habit. (Deleting certain apps from my phone so I limited my access, plugging my phone in away from my bed or taking a digital detox entirely).
My morning routine keeps me sane and grounded. It keeps my anxiety at bay and my heart full. Here is a glimpse into my routine on an ideal day:
Wake up after 8 or so hours of sleep.
Head to the bathroom. Brush my teeth to eliminate any bacterial build-up that may have occurred overnight. (Tongue scraping is a great thing to do to remove bacteria as well! I don’t do this but it is for sure on my list to try.)
Drink water. A bunch of water.
Make my bed.
Then I either lay on top of my freshly made bed because I have giant pillows I like to use as back support or I take it to my mat/meditation pillow.
First comes 10 minutes of pranayama (breathing exercises). I use the InSight Timer App to provide me with some ambient music. I usually start with some deep belly breathing just to wake up, do some Ujayi and finish with 5 minutes of Nadishodna.
Then I meditate. Since I am describing an ideal day here, I perform a Japa meditation. I grab my mala beads and take myself one trip around my malas using the mantra I was given by my teachers during my yoga teacher training at Kripalu. This is such a heart-full experience for me. Sometimes I use a guided meditation (check out some great ones here: link to medis). Otherwise, Headspace or the InSight Timer have a bunch of options. And somedays… I just need to sit in silence with nothing to do but be with myself. When I first got started, I took it to youtube. There is plenty of content. I spend about 10 minutes here.
I like to seal my mediation with a quick, “spoken out loud” gratitude list. I talk to myself and bring to mind the things I am grateful for in this moment. Sometimes it’s that “I am done with my morning routine and now I can eat breakfast” and sometimes the list is long and brings me to tears.
Then I do at least 10 minutes of yoga to one my playlists on Spotify (You can check out my Movement + Breath playlist here). Sometimes child’s pose consumes most of this time and others I have broken a sweat 5 minutes in. This is truly an exercise to listen to your body and what it needs today. No expectation. Every day is different.
Last thing before breakfast - I get outside. I love walking in the sunshine, listening to the birds, a podcast, a playlist or calling my dad.