From Kayla in the City
Everybody be talking about morning routines these days. It comes up on a lot of the podcasts I listen to and the blogs I read. Entrepreneurs and freelancers chat about their glorious morning routines which include some combination of meditating, journaling, and exercising.
I love the idea of a luxurious, long, drawn out, morning routine. But come on, that's not always realistic. We all got places to go, people to see, and work to get done.
I've come to realize that morning routines don't have to be this long, drawn out thang. You can still integrate little hints of mindfulness even when you're running to get to the office by 9AM. Or in my case running to catch the subway by 5:15AM to teach in Brooklyn…
Here are some ways to add a bit of mindfulness to your morning and create a morning routine that works for YOU.
Your morning routine doesn't have to happen first thing in the morning.
Yes really. Nowadays for me there's no way I'm getting anything done at 4:30AM when I wake up to teach. That doesn't mean I can't enjoy some sprinkles of a mindful morning routine later on in the day.
Even when I was working 9-5 I preferred rolling out of bed to get my workout on. Afterwards I'd come home and slow down for a bit before heading to work.
Everyone has their own thing that helps them get focused for the day.
For some it's journaling (hello, morning pages!) Others like to meditate. If you're like me you need to work out before launching into work mode. Otherwise my brain feels scattered.
And also for me drinking caffeine is a very necessary part of my morning routine and getting FOCUSED for the day. People are always surprised to hear I don't drink caffeine before I teach an early morning class. Nope, I'm just naturally loud and can pretend to be energetic at 6AM. Although sometimes I do flub my words BIG TIME in the early morning classes because my brain isn't 100% awake yet.
After teaching I like to come home, take a very necessary shower, and then I get caffeinated. Usually while writing my to-do list for the day, doing my morning pages and answering a few urgent emails.
In the morning I've always been more of a tea drinker. I find coffee or espresso first thing in the morning leaves me jittery and too wired.
Argentinian Yerba Mate tea contains as much caffeine as coffee — minus the jitter factor. In addition to providing you with a caffeinated boost, Yerba mate contains Vitamin B, Vitamin C (def necessary with all the germs going around this time of year), zinc, potassium and manganese. It's also believed to aid in digestion.
With my schedule these days I'm sipping on my tea in the comforts of my own home. Even when I was working 9-5 I liked to use this time to slow down before launching into the day.
Yes, sometimes it meant getting to the office a bit earlier so I could enjoy this time in peace. And y'know without someone asking me to do something ASAP. But enjoying some calm before the workday storm has always been super helpful for me.
I've been enjoying listening to podcasts while I do my make-up lately. Something about podcasts just make me happy and excited to conquer the day.
YOUR TURN: How do you bring mindfulness to your morning routine?