week 49 || 2016: 33 Morning Rituals

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excerpt from xoNECOLE.com 33 Morning Rituals to Start Your Day

What’s the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?

Did you roll over and check your smartphone? I knew it! Is this what the world has come to? Being a slave to Apple and Android? Come on, we have to do better…

Maintaining balance and growth in my life has always been very high on my list, so capturing ways to contribute to such lifestyle is of high importance to me. When I open my eyes I’m sure to open a window for some fresh air, do some light reading, make my bed, drink a glass of warm water or tea and jot down a few of my thoughts. Sounds peaceful doesn’t it?!?!?

Rituals and routines are wonderful, but I still make it point to switch things up a bit every now and then. Some morning I just don’t want to write or have a cup of tea. When I need to pull in some new inspiration this is the list I choose a replacement ritual from:

  1. Take a few deep breathes and take life in.
  2. Stretch for at least one minute
  3. Give thanks/pray/gratitude
  4. Make up the Bed [every single day]
  5. Eat breakfast [not too big though]
  6. Drink tea
  7. Read a chapter
  8. Write down your thoughts [on paper and not on your phone] or last nights dreams
  9. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar
  10. Open your blinds or curtains
  11. Listen to music that speaks to your temperament
  12. Dance
  13. Verbalize a handful of personal affirmations
  14. Yoga
  15. Work out
  16. Do a steam treatment
  17. Paint your nails
  18. Take a swim
  19. Brisk walk around the block
  20. Write down your goals for the day, week, month and year
  21. Do a goal check up
  22. Practice mindfulness – meditate
  23. Drink lemon water
  24. Laugh
  25. Romp around [hubba hubba– I’m such a creep lol]
  26. Make your lunch
  27. Get some fresh air on your patio or porch
  28. Listen to your favorite podcast or audiobook
  29. Make a smoothie
  30. Smile in the mirror for 20 seconds
  31. Look at bright colors
  32. Straighten up around the house.
  33. MOST IMPORTANT: Tell yourself in the mirror how smart, beautiful and deserving you are!

spied on Politics & Fashion, excerpted from 33 Morning Rituals to Start Your Day on xoNECOLE.com | photo cred: pinterest

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28 comments

  1. Silksache't · December 7

    I cant front like I dont check my phone when i wake up, i am trying to stop that…take mental breaks from that damn thing

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    • kelley · December 7

      lol right! Plus it doubles as my alarm clock. I need to break down and buy an actual clock. Do they make those anymore?

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      • Silksache't · December 7

        Omg mines too..so its like u have no choice but to look at it…they do still have them…i am gonna buy one 2

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        • kelley · December 7

          lol and then you’re like lemme check my texts, ig, email and stuff while I’m here… next thing you know, it’s noon.

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  2. themodernmedici · December 7

    I have GOT to get out of the habit of checking my phone 1st thing in the morning. Maybe I’ll try some of the things from your list…. well.. except #17 lol

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    • kelley · December 7

      hehe well that’s good. I say take baby steps. I try to allow myself at least ONE morning a week to sleep in, no phone alarm to wake me up. And I am trying to get in the habit of detaching from the phone that entire day. Why is it so hard?

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      • themodernmedici · December 7

        I sleep with my phone by my bed, so when I wake up the alarm is going off and it’s right there. I detached from social media in a similar fashion. Deactivated FB and the Snapchat app. All I use now is this and Twitter for visibility

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        • kelley · December 7

          I can’t with FB; it’s the fucking worst. And I think I’m too old for snapchat, right?

          I guess this would be considered social media. What about youtube?

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          • themodernmedici · December 8

            Not too old, but too wise for Snapchat lol. I don’t have a YouTube channel, although, one day when I’ve amassed a following w/o using my face, I might start one.

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          • kelley · December 8

            Like Sia! Genius!

            But I meant even as a commenter on youtube, it’s somewhat like social media except you’re just sharing your two cents on other’s content.

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          • nosyjosie · December 29

            I hate FB too! I pulled back in Sept/August and chose Instagram instead. IG is perfect…less people forcing their opinions and beliefs on you and more pretty pictures lol

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          • kelley · December 29

            Yes! FB is like junk mail for your mind!

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  3. Tareau Barron · December 7

    I’m Hella lazy. I’ll wake up an hour before my alarm clock goes off just to lay there. Hahahahahhahaha

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    • kelley · December 7

      Ha! That is NOT lazy! I don’t think it’s normal to be woken up just rush off to work. Take your time. Not every moment needs to be filled with “doing.”

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  4. donnasartofnow · December 8

    I love this. I believe in morning rituals, as it sets the tone for your day.

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  5. Me · December 8

    First thing i do? Phone check. Check! Haha. Then prayers, breakfast (I am a goodie, haha), music, some writing and reading (mostly on my phone), and err… whatever else. Your list is funky though. Maybe in my next life, I will be a more fun person. 😅😅😆

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    • kelley · December 8

      LOL I like your list too! This is just for people that want to break that habit of checking in with technology before checking in with themselves. I promise I do maybe three or four of these, but I like the idea of implementing one or two new rituals in my routine.

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  6. tunisiajolyn84 · December 13

    Goals. I need to implement these into my life. If I can only wake up a little earlier. Hmmm….

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    • kelley · December 14

      Right. Maybe I should hunt down a list of nighttime rituals so we can get to sleep earlier, sleep soundly and wake up refreshed to implement these activities!

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      • tunisiajolyn84 · December 14

        Sounds like a plan!

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  7. nosyjosie · December 29

    Does staring at the wall in the morning count as taking a few deep breaths/taking life in? LOL. Because it sure feels like it.

    Chamomile tea before bed wakes me up with so much PEACE and CALM. Its almost too good to do regularly. I usually wake up in the morning feeling too carefree and “floaty” for the chaos of work lol. Anyhoo, I love this list!

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    • kelley · December 29

      Yes! Whatever works best for you!

      And I will have to try chamomile before bed! Thank you!

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  8. diophilia · March 6

    The problems with adapting your suggestion is… I have to go to work really early, so not enough time for a ritual unfortunately….

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    • kelley · March 6

      I’m a strong believer that you make time for what’s important to you! Thanks so much for tuning in!

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  9. Candace N. Bisram · April 26

    Great read. Your morning ritual sets the tone for your day. Mine is quite simple — you can check it out on my blog if you wish.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • kelley · April 26

      Thanks so much, Candace! I agree that how you start your day sets the tone.

      Liked by 1 person

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