A Calm Aesthetic Morning Ritual

Whether you are living for the weekend, forced to be more intentional throughout any given day of week, or a combination of both, it is without question that without a morning ritual, just starting the day can be tough on anyone. Sometimes it’s hard to resist the desire to stay just a few minutes longer between those soft, cozy sheets. 

A calming morning ritual initially started for me on a Saturday. Saturdays were the perfect morning to “sleep in” and start my day exactly the way I wanted to. I didn’t have to be restricted to a schedule that centered around the start of my work day, I didn’t have to rush to decide if I wanted breakfast or not and what it would even be. I didn’t have to do a thing, but wake up and just be. 

Soon, I became addicted to the feeling. I needed a few minutes in the morning to myself, to do whatever I wanted to do. It gave me the feeling that my day didn’t “start” and “end” with work, but rather work fit somewhere throughout the hours in between. Just this small change gave me a feeling like I found freedom in adulting.

A morning ritual that is calm, and eases you gently into your day is sure to offer far more benefits than having to force yourself through the first few minutes before you stumble out of the bed and turn the lights on. To ease into the day there are five things you can do right now to improve the quality of your mornings and set the tone for the rest of the day. 

To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.”
― Yogi Bhajan

Morning Ritual #1: Waking Up Early

Waking up early in the morning has long been associated with better mental health. Even celebrities brag endlessly about how the most successful people wake up early. Added advantage, if you are waking up early, you are likely going to bed a bit earlier too – which offers great benefits like better skin and a good nights rest. 

Even if it’s to do nothing, waking up early gives you time to yourself. Something not necessarily guaranteed throughout the rest of the day. 

Morning Ritual #2: Sit in silence and meditate

Just taking a moment to sit quietly with yourself and engage in some kind of grounding practice can help to reduce stress, increase your focus and set a positive tone for the day ahead. You provide yourself with a sense of calm that lingers throughout the day, It is a piece of self-care that provides you with clarity and mental peace, something that can be challenged throughout the day. 

Getting into the practice of meditating after waking up can help to develop patience and increase your focus. This time can be spent expressing gratitude for life and where you are in present time.

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“Peace is not always easy to grasp or keep close. In the process of attaining and protecting it, you may find yourself tired, weary, and uncertain on how to keep your peace safe. While being uncertain is normal, continue to commit yourself to peacefulness. You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter. Being tested is a part of the journey. Giving up, and letting go is not.
― Alex Elle

Morning Ritual #3: Deep breathing with an essential oil

Essential oils are an alternative form of medicine that help to support health and well-being. With intention you can utilize essential oils to help to cause relaxation and reduce anxiety, reduce stress, lift and improve your moods, all sorts of things!

One of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of an essential oil is to place a few drops in the palm of your hands, rub them to gather to generate a bit of heat, then gently place the cups of your hands over your nose and mouth. Deeply inhale the essential oil into your chest, hold for a few seconds and then release slowly.

For anxiety, use sandalwood. For stress, clary sage, lavender or chamomile. To improve the mood, lavender oil or sweet orange. Even better, mix together a small jar of your favorite essential oils and combine the benefits!

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Morning Ritual #4: Somatic Stretching

While there are various types of stretching: passive stretching, static stretching, active stretching, isometric stretching and a few other styles. Somatic stretching is one that is gentle on the body and allows you to fully get in tune with your body through natural movements. 

Somatic stretching can be relaxing, provide emotional and physical relief, improve your breathing, since you have a more intentional focus on your breath work and it allows you to be in tune with the how your body feels. 

Morning Ritual #5: Do an act of generosity

An act of generosity, whether for yourself or others, has a ton of positive benefits. Generosity boosts your mood, helps with your self-esteem, and helps to release those feel-good chemicals that bring about the acknowledgment of all things we have to be grateful in life. 

Start with yourself, since if you don’t keep your own cup full you won’t have much else to give to anyone else. You can do this by taking small acts of gratitude for the self. Take extra time when washing your face and double cleansing – offer yourself a gentle face massage. Or, if you have time treat yourself to a breakfast or cleansing drink that nurtures the body.

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Gentle acknowledgement: the mornings set the tone for the rest of your day. By establishing a ritual that brings you peace and tranquility, you gift yourself the opportunity to start each day with intention and positivity. Whether it’s through meditation, journaling, a calming cup of tea, or a refreshing walk in nature, prioritize activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. 

Embrace the power of a gentle morning routine, allowing yourself the space to breathe, reflect, and set your intentions for the day ahead. As you cultivate this sacred time for yourself, you’ll find that not only does it enhance your well-being, but it also empowers you to navigate life’s challenges with grace and resilience. 

Commit to creating a morning ritual that nurtures your spirit and sets the stage for an amazing day filled with endless possibilities. You deserve it.

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