I often talk about creating morning rituals for yourself, especially in my Spring Cleaning workshop. One question I often get is "How do I create a morning ritual when I have a full, busy family and feel like I have no time?" The truth is that rituals don't have to be a full hour morning routine, it can be just a small extra special effort you give to one moment in your day.
For example, I was listening to Oprah's Super Soul Conversations podcast the other day and she said her personal ritual is having tea. Just a moment out of her day to have a cup of tea. Boiling the water in a beautiful pot, using her favorite Jasmine tea bags because of how delicious it smells and sipping it out of a beautiful tea cup. You do it in a beautiful and special way because it feels special to you.
That's what rituals are meant to really be. Sipping your morning coffee out of a beautiful mug you love, it doesn't have to look like much more than that. It's a way to make small moments really special and self nurturing. Whether you realize it or not, its connecting you to your own personal power and mindfulness. You should really tune into the moment to make the most of its benefits.
A few rituals I love. . .
-lighting my favorite candles when doing anything at home
-using bath salts when I take a hot bath
-saying morning prayers and affirmations to myself as I brush my teeth
-putting essential oils or this collagen elixir in my water bottle
-face masks on Sunday nights
-arranging flowers and placing them around the home
-putting my favorite belly butter on my belly every night (this has become my favorite pregnancy ritual)
-simple yoga stretches at home while taking a few minutes to breathe deeply
Rituals don't have to be difficult, allow yourself to find what works best for you.
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