3 simple and effective Morning Practices

Most of us have morning practices (rituals) that we have followed for years and really do work for us. Some people on the other hand, still struggle with having a morning practice- each morning is different depending on factors like kids, work, and travel etc. in other words, reacting to whatever it is that we have to face. Well, we are all different and I totally respect that. I do not know if you are a certified night owl or a morning person, what I know is that morning hours can be a game changer when we commit to doing 1-5 things that drive us closer to our mission in life- needle movers. I know people who wake up at 4am every day regardless of the environment or the time they went to bed, to either work out, run, meditate, pray etc, simply because the peace and stillness of the morning is unparalleled.  

Research shows that what you do when you first wake up in the morning is a good indicator of not only the quality of the day you’re going to have but by extension it also determines the quality of your entire life. What we do every morning consistently become habits, practices, rituals. The best way to determine what works for you is to be open-minded and try different things that your body, mind and spirit will be happy to commit to. When you feel comfortable and happy waking up to these positive practices then they become rituals that absolutely change your life in just about every way possible.

In wellness, there are many practices that many attest to having changed their life. Here are 3 simple and effective practices that can contribute to your wellbeing.

1.      Drinking water with lemon slices

If there is one thing that health practitioners agree on is drinking water! Water helps to hydrate; helps to kick start our metabolism, flushes out toxins plus many other health benefits. Adding lemon slices, is the game changer. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Shocking fact…lemons contain more potassium than apples and grapes!

There is a belief that lemons are very acidic and this is true, but inside the body, lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods. Lemon water gives your immune system a boost. Because it is so rich in potassium, it’s great for your heart health, as well as your brain and nerve function. Lemon water aids digestion and cleanses your system by flushing out the toxins. When taken consistently it can hydrate your skin, decrease blemishes, wrinkles, and give radiance.

Lemon water has been shown to reduce inflammation and helps in weight loss as it fights hunger cravings. To help you fully harness the benefits of this ritual, it is recommended to use lukewarm water and wait 20-30 to have breakfast. Start this routine today and you can thank me later.

 2. Gratitude

I call this- Vitamin G, a dose we need every day to remind us that we are truly blessed to be alive this moment, here and NOW. Practicing the art of giving thanks everyday and each moment is essential for us to create a life filled with joyful moments, peace of mind and optimal health.

We have so much to be grateful for, we just need to pause, be still, notice and acknowledge all the beautiful blessings God has bestowed in our lives. As gratitude grows it gives rise to joy. We experience the courage to rejoice in our own good fortune and in the good fortune of others.

What are you grateful for? What a powerful question to ask yourself every morning when you wake up. Think about 5 things that have brought you so much happiness and joy in the last few days, weeks or month. It could be People like family members, friends or colleagues- it could be work- maybe an opportunity or a project that was a huge success, it could be situations- great news you received, a nice place you visited. It could be something big or small.  Take a few minutes every morning to notice and acknowledge.

When we actively search for reasons to be thankful for today and every day, we attract so many more blessings into your lives….Just as it is important to breathe, may you find time to take this daily dose of vitamin G every day, each moment!

 3.  Forgiveness

I call this- Vitamin F. we need this daily dose to be free and at peace with ourselves and God. Forgiveness is never about the other person, it’s always about us. Whatever you wish for the other person you are wishing for yourself. Is there someone that has hurt you in the past and each memory still burdens your heart? You need to start your day feeling free of any hatred or heavy heart. Find it in your heart to forgive this person or situation. Forgiveness is a constant attitude of choosing happiness over hurt. The moment you forgive, you love with all your might.  And when you love like this, a heavenly feeling of healing falls on you. True forgiveness brings you to a place where you can thankfully say, “I'm grateful for that experience, I am better person” and mean it with all your heart.

When we teach the self love and acceptance program, we help individuals release anger and practice forgiveness guided by these words…I fully and freely forgive YOU. I release YOU mentally and spiritually. I completely forgive everything connected with the matter in question. I am free and YOU are free. It is a great feeling! I wish you health, happiness, peace and all life’s blessings. I do this freely, joyfully and lovingly. I feel wonderful!”  You can use your own words, just forgive and let go.

I hope these 3 practices have inspired you to incorporate them in your daily morning routine. May you walk in beauty always!