9 Simple Morning Rituals That Could Change Your Life

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Conscious Living, Happiness & Humor, Thrive with 0 Comments

 

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Our mornings mark the beginning of a new chapter in our lives and in many cases, they set the tone for the rest of our day. Take a moment to reflect on your morning rituals: how do you start each sunrise?

Perhaps you drag yourself out of bed, shower and have breakfast. Perhaps you have coffee and watch the TV or read the newspaper. Whatever way you start your day, have you ever considered that there are so many better and healthier ways of doing what you do?

In our busy lives it’s so easy to get caught up in the mindless bustle of duties and commitments we have undertaken. Often we don’t even give a passing thought to the many small and seemingly insignificant habits and routines we repeat day in day out.

Today, I’m going to provide you with 9 simple morning rituals that could have a remarkable impact on your well-being both short term and long term. Many of these morning rituals I have adopted into my own life and they have truly revolutionized the way I start, and end, each day.

1. Rise When the Sun Does

I used to hate waking up early. I would drag myself out of bed to grudgingly start the day at 9am, and if anyone woke me up before that … I would unleash hell fire on the poor soul who had ventured into my lair. But now, I really appreciate waking up earlier, not only because I get more done, but I feel more refreshed and peaceful during the day because I have more time for quiet reflection and planning. I also love watching the sun rise and feeling the crispness of the morning air inside my lungs. Many studies have also shown that the early bird does get the worm such as a Texas University study in 2008 which showed that morning people earned higher academic scores, and a 2012 study which showed that young and old people who woke up early felt happier.


This article shows you how to teach yourself to get up early.

2. Stretch it Out

Stretching your arms, legs, back, shoulders and other parts of your body improves blood circulation and helps you to ward off nasty aches and pains during the day. I do a simple 5 minute stretch routine every morning that looks something like this:

Read this article to learn some simple yoga stretches that will improve your posture.

3. Try Coconut Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, also known as “Kavala,” is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. It involves swishing around a teaspoon of oil in your mouth (usually sunflower or coconut) for 10-20 minutes. It is said that oil pulling detoxifies the mouth by “pulling” out bacteria that hides between the teeth, under the tongue and other crevices of the mouth. I personally use coconut oil for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties – plus it tastes a whole lot nicer as well. I’ve only been oil pulling for the past week, but I’ve never felt my mouth so clean and fresh, plus it has whitened my teeth and reduced my gum inflammation significantly. Oil pulling is also said to reduce acne, detoxify the body, prevent plaque build-up, protect you against gingivitis, eliminate bad breath, and a lot more. Two important things to remember about this practice are to never swallow the oil (the toxins will re-enter your body), and to always spit out the oil in your waste basket (unless you want to call a plumber for your sink).

Ayurvedic consultant, Barbara Sinclair shows how to do oil pulling here.

4. Take Warm Lemon and Ginger Water

Before eating anything in the morning, I like to flush out the toxins in my body by drinking lemon and ginger water. While ginger is not essential (although it has amazing antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties), lemon is really important. Not only does lemon have many nutrients like vitamin C, B, iron, calcium, magnesium and many others, its acidity also aids digestion, relieves indigestion,  helps to fight viral infections, clears your complexion and even aids you in losing weight. I’ve even found that drinking lemon water each morning helps me to stay fuller for longer (by about 1 hour). Cut ½ of a lemon in the morning, squeeze it into a cup and dilute with warm water. Warm water, unlike cold water, does not shock the body and aids you in digesting the juice.

5. Try Moving Meditation

I’ve never much liked sitting down in the lotus position for half an hour staring at a candle – in fact, I believe the western mind is much too chaotic to truly benefit out of still forms of meditation. Instead, I personally love Qigong which I think of as a form of “moving meditation” for its calming and strengthening effect on my body. Qigong is an ancient practice which has its roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts. It is said to align the mind, body and soul, and has numerous health benefits. I tend to do Qigong for about 5-10 minutes every morning. Some simple forms of Qigong can be found below:

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