Let your morning set you up for a positive and fulfilling day. Shelly Bloom reveals 7 habits for healthy minds to help you on the path to clarity and light.
They support a positive start to my day and lift my energy levels. If you have a busy life and building these seven rituals in the morning feels too overwhelming at this moment in time, I suggest just choosing 3 or 4 and practise them for a week. The following week, pick another 3 or 4 and alternate each week.
Better to get started with just a few than not at all.
1. Stretch & Be Grateful
When waking in the morning – roll on to your back and stretch your body – wriggle your fingers and toes, rotate your wrists and ankles and shake your arms and legs to wake up your energy.
Then place palms on your abdomen and feel your breath rising and falling. Ask yourself "What am I grateful for today?"
2. Have a Mantra
Before getting out of bed, think of a positive intention and use it to guide you through your day, regularly reinforcing it in your mind like a mantra.
3. Cleanse & Rehydrate
Warm water with lemon, or a herbal tea, first thing in the morning is an excellent way to get your body going.
The lemon will help kickstart your digestive system ready for the coming meals, and makes the water tastier. You can add some honey to it as well if you want to cut down on some of the tartness.
Practise a 10 minute meditation: The breath count technique – sit comfortably either in an upright chair or on the floor.
Close your eyes and inhale for a count to 3 and exhale for a count to 5.
5. Have Breakfast
Enjoy a healthy light breakfast, omitting gluten and refined sugars, to enable you to feel energised.
Taking a shower wakes up the senses and leaves you feeling fresh for a new day.
See a happier you reflecting back in the mirror! Smiling at yourself for 30 seconds helps boost self -esteem and lifts your mood.
Smile at others throughout the day – remember what you give out comes back to you.
Starting the day with these rituals creates an opportunity to feel lighter and brighter with clarity of mind.
Please feel free to share ways in which you begin your day below.