Creating a morning ritual to let the rest of the day flow.
Morning rituals are ways to start your day with intention, with each element of it had meaning and direction. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that no matter what arises throughout the day, your morning was a stress-free moment, grounded and just for you!
Starting every day with a de-stressing, mindfulness ritual will set the tone for the next 24 hours - all the way through your bedtime.
Two ways to be more intentional in the morning:
Phone to flight mode
We’re all guilty of getting on our phones first thing in the morning. When we wake up and check our phones immediately, we’re inundated with feelings of either I missed so much from yesterday! or I have so much to do today!… or both. We can feel more anxious, more stressed and less positive with constant notifications coming in. And, that’s no way to start the morning.
Today let’s try to keep your phone in your room while you’re going about your other morning habits. Without your phone for an half hour or so, you’ll have more time to focus on yourself. Trust me, you’re not missing out on anything in the world.
Drink coffee 1 hour after you’ve woken up
Let’s start by explaining what SCN is. Suprachiasmatic nucleus or nuclei (SCN) is a tiny region of the brain in the hypothalamus that controls your cortisol (a.k.a. the stress hormone), which, when present, makes you feel alert and, when absent, makes you feel sleepy.
The SCN releases cortisol according to your circadian rhythm, a 24-hour cycle that's slightly different for everyone.
According to science, drinking coffee when your SCN is already releasing plenty of cortisol limits its positive effects because you're already "wired up."
In other words, coffee + cortisol = extra stress.
By contrast, if you drink coffee when your cortisol levels are low, it smooths out your mood and energy level so that you can get more done without getting the jitters.
For the average person (i.e., somebody who rises at or around 6:30 a.m.), cortisol levels peak at 8 to 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Try holding off that coffee first thing in the morning and switch it for a warm beverage of your choice - Super Zen™, lemon water.