Are you a ritual person? I live for my rituals. I fully believe that having routines and rituals to complete on a daily or weekly basis keep me grounded, sane, and happy. In particular, I am big on having a morning ritual each and every morning before work. I’m one of those people that gets stressed if I don’t have a schedule, so I’ve found that building a routine for my mornings means I’m guaranteed to be on time to work and not stressed out.
Here’s what my morning ritual looks like:
5:25 – My alarm goes off. I grab my phone and check my email, even though I know “they” say you shouldn’t. I can’t focus on anything until I know what’s going on in the world, though, so I continue to do it every day.
5:35 – Once I’m satisfied that all is right with the world, the real ritual begins. I grab my journal that I keep on my nightstand and do a quick brain dump. I have played around with lots of different types of journaling over the years, but the “morning pages” approach seems to be the most effective for me right now. I wake up with my head swimming with thoughts and ideas, and it’s so helpful to me to take a few minutes to jot it all down and get it out of my head. I rarely refer back to these pages, but just the act of writing it all down is so calming and effective for me. I’ve found my mornings are way more enjoyable since I added this in! My morning pages ritual is shorter than the “official” recommendation – I worry more about time than number of pages. Instead of getting in three full-sized pages, I try to write for about ten minutes. That seems to be the perfect amount of time for me to get my head cleared out and get my creativity flowing.
5:45 – Bible study. I’m currently reading through the Old Testament, and I’m taking my time. Each morning I read two or three chapters and really spend time meditating on them and reading all of the notes in my study Bible. Some days I spend longer than others – I’ll occasionally go back and journal again when I’m doing reading, but usually I stop there.
6:00 – I get up and quickly get dressed, then I finish out my morning ritual with a glass of hot tea while Jackson eats breakfast. I just added this to my routine about a month ago – I never used to like hot tea, but Corey has been drinking a glass every morning for a while and it just sounded like a good idea so I decided to give it a shot. Now I’m obsessed. There’s something about the process of making the tea, hearing that tea kettle whistle, and warming my whole body up with that first sip that is absolutely vital to my mornings now.
There have been a few mornings since I added this to the ritual that I have forgotten to make tea, and I always suffer for it. My morning feels off-kilter, and I’m not as calm and relaxed as I am when I do have the tea. I’m all about embracing the slowness of the process when it comes to making tea – I have a to-go cup that I take with me on work days, and I love to have my tea sitting next to me while it steeps so I can smell it. As soon as that first waft hits my nose, I feel myself start to relax a bit!
One of my favorite things about adding tea to my ritual has been that it’s not something I finish before I leave the house. My tea comes to the car with me and even usually lasts into the first few minutes of my work day. There’s something about the ritual lasting all morning long that helps me feel more connected to home when I get to work, and sets my day off on the perfect foot.
Corey and I have tried a few different brands of tea, but right now we’re drinking the new Lipton teas. He’s a Green tea fan, and I tend to gravitate to the Herbal teas. I’ve been drinking the Berry Hibiscus tea, and he’s alternating between the Stirring Ceylon Black tea, and the Green tea. The options for the Lipton Green, Black and Herbal teas include Enticing Chai, Pure Green, Orange Passionfruit Jasmine and Peach Mango…you can check out the full line-up of tea flavors here!
Ever since I started being more intentional about my morning routine, I’ve noticed that my mornings are so much calmer and more relaxing. I particularly love doing this on the weekends when I can move extra slow and stay in my pajamas while I drink my tea. There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a blanket and my house shoes while I drink a glass of warm tea!
Once my tea is made and breakfast is finished, the calm morning routine is over and chaos ensues. It’s time to go get Jackson dressed, brush our teeth, and grab his lunch before we head out the door for work. I’ve definitely found that on mornings where any part of my little ritual is left out, I end up feeling thrown off and not nearly as relaxed. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit!
What is your favorite morning ritual?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.