If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 of this post, “How a Yoga Health Coach Starts Her Day” for a detailed conversation about the importance of a morning routine and a detailed outline of what my mornings look like.
- Ditch perfection. Start small if necessary. Begin with trying some new morning routine habits 1-2 days a week and let it grow from there — I guarantee it will. If you can only do 1 minute of jumping jacks and 1 minute of sitting in silence — do that! If getting up early sounds impossible, just try waking up 15 minutes earlier and going to bed 15 minutes earlier and build from there. Don’t let the “perfectionist mind set” convince you that if you can’t do it all, why bother. There’s always something you can do to set yourself up for a better day than if you did nothing.
- Set yourself up for success. The night before you go to bed, put your sneakers at the door for your morning walk or roll out your yoga mat. Have your hot water in the pot and ready to push play. Blend your smoothie the night before. Trust that changing habits and establishing new routines takes time, but they took time to establish in the first place.
- Most importantly, envision HOW you WANT your day to unfold before you get out of bed. Your habits determine the experiences of your life — pick them with caution.
- Presence spirit and know who it is that you want to show up FOR and AS in the world. It’s too easy to hit the ground running and remain in “GO MODE” all day and then crash, burn, and do it all over again. We all want and need to get things done, but before doing so, use your morning routine as a place to step into your day feeling grounded, vibrant, rested, and able to present your best self to the world — for yourself and others.
- Experiment, Experiment, Experiment. Try one or a few of these practices for one week — I CHALLENGE YOU!!! Then pay close attention to how you feel, what comes up for you, and what resonates as something that is GOOOOOOD for you.
- Take baby steps in the direction of your goals. Let them build and, over time, the new way will be the natural way, and the old way — the way that wasn’t supporting your desired health, lifestyle and dreams — will seem outdated and no longer applicable.
Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!
Paula Pister -Yoga Teacher and Health Coach