When you wake up in the morning, what is the first decision that you make? Is it tending to your children and family? Is it to check your your e-mail or social media sites? Or, is it to simply go back to sleep?
If you answered with anything other than tending to yourself with a personal morning routine you might want to reevaluate your how you spend the first few moments of the new day. A morning routine that consists of tending to your well being mentally, physically, and emotionally may sound difficult to someone who feels “there aren’t enough hours in a day” but creating time for yourself before anything else is important, YOU are important. Take care of yourself first. Just starting off with 5 minutes to yourself catering to your needs to feel grounded and centered will effect the rest of your day in a positive way. Try to incorporate activities that nurture you like drinking a full glass of water or maybe making a cup of tea. Take time to reflect by journaling, goal setting, or simply making a plan for your day. Also, be sure to add activities to “wake” your body as well such as a light exercise, yoga, or a quick cold shower. Incorporating small rituals that are special to you can truly set the tone for a full and productive day.