What are your morning rituals?

woman-601568_1280How we start the day sets the tone for the entire day. Morning rituals lay the foundation for a healthy life and a productive day. As mentioned by Tim Ferriss: “If you win the morning, you win the day.”

When I get up in the morning, normally at 5:30, I enjoy the extra time that I have to ease into my day rather than just rush into it. I also get up early because I like the quiet stillness of the morning. It’s a chance for me to get ready for work in a calm and distraction-free environment.

At work, I have meetings, classes and deadlines. My morning rituals are an opportunity for me to start the day in a relaxed, productive and systematic way. In the morning, after I get up, I practice mindfulness – deep breathing and emptying my mind, for about ten minutes. Then, if I don’t have an early start at work, I run for 45 minutes in the forest. At home, while I get ready and prepare breakfast, I listen to music. After breakfast, I read, think and plan my day. When I don’t run, I normally leave for work at 7:00.

In my research on morning rituals, the literature shows that most leaders, entrepreneurs and high achievers dedicate their achievements to their morning rituals. You can read about it here. Whether you are a stay-at-home mother or a CEO of a large company, morning rituals are important for your health and happiness.

If, like me, you are looking for alternative ways to start your day, I suggest that you examine what successful people do. Last week, I listened to Tim Ferriss’ podcast on his five rituals that help him win the day. This is what Tim does on a regular day after he gets up:

  1. makes his bed
  2. meditates for 10 minutes
  3. hangs from a bar to decompress his spine
  4. drinks a healthy tea
  5. writes in his journal

Lately, I’ve been thinking about starting my mornings a little differently. I would like to meditate more. How about you? What changes would you like to make? It’s worth experimenting with rituals and finding the ones that work for you.

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

2 thoughts on “What are your morning rituals?

  1. I listened to this podcast too. Love Tim. He’s taught me a lot. I have developed a morning ritual of 1. waking with gratitude 2. journaling 3. reading and learning something new 4. 7 minutes of meditation 5.60 minutes of exercise 6. Fueling up with a healthy breakfast 7. Visualizing success. Then I start my day. Thanks again for sharing this. Stay inspired!

    1. Dear Madeline, Wow! What a fabulous way to start the day! After reading your comment, I am more inspired to make some changes to my morning rituals. Thanks for sharing what you do! Stay inspired! Julie

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