Good Mornings

Good Mornings

I was growing increasingly wary of myself, particularly when I’d hear myself say the words: I’m too busy and feeling like I was never actually getting anything done. The week would begin and end, blogs would go up but my input didn’t equate into the kind of altitude my destiny and life goals need.

Though a lot of my friends think I don’t have a real job, they’d be surprised if they actually spent a day with me. Lately, I felt like I needed to do more, not work necessarily but get more out of the long hours I’d been putting in.

I’ve practiced clean sleeping for a while with my bed of angels and sleep cycle alarm clock but my mornings are very dirty. Every day I wake up early with the best of intentions, then I pick up my iPad to check emails, Instagram, Twitter, my mediocre Pinterest page and before long an hour has gone by – barely into the day, I’m already stressed out.

Growing up, I always remember my Dad, a true believer in his morning wellness routine getting ready to go to work. He would wake up and then exercise and meditate in one step by holding a headstand for twenty minutes everyday, after this he ate breakfast and sometimes read the Financial Times or Investors Chronicles before showering and putting on a suit for the day. Mobiles didn’t really exist back then but dial-up Internet did and he made a point of not checking his emails.

I didn’t realise just how important it is to have a solid morning wellness routine or that it sets you up for a successful day until very recently. I saw this cute video by Mimi Ikonn and for the last ten days I’ve been attacking my mornings with such clarity, gusto and pizzazz.

The first thing I reach for now is my journal (where I write for five minutes about what I’m grateful for, my intentions, the mindset I hope to create for the day and before sleeping I reflect on the day with power questions outlined in my journal), next I meditate for ten minutes with Headspace, after which a few times a week I’m ready for a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout and then listen to a podcast while I refuel and get ready for the day. I’ve never felt more on top of things and where it felt like everything was spiralling out of control, this hour or so sets me up for a more productive and awesome day.

Clean up your morning routine:

  • Points for keeping a journal: gratitude, intention, mindset & focus for the day. Before sleeping reflect on the day by asking yourself what you did well and where you could grow.
  • Meditation is such a great way to start the morning. I’ve never been a fan of it until I started using the Headspace app. The first ten days are free, there is no chanting or dragon breath required and it has a really relatable approach to practicing mindfulness.
  • Working out – find something you really enjoy and just move your body. I love HIIT workouts because they are quick and you get a lot out of what you put in and doing ballet.
  • I’ve only just gotten into podcasts but I’m loving The Lively Show which according to host Jess Lively is all about adding a little extra intention to your everyday.
  • It’s also okay not to do all of this everyday, even a couple of times a week will make all the difference. Follow your bliss.

7 Comments on Good Mornings

  1. Jess Lively
    June 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing The Lively Show! I also love the message of this post! If you haven’t checked out Hal Elrod’s episode of TLS, it’s right in line with what you shared here, I think you’d love it! : )

    http://www.jesslively.com/halelrod/

    Love,
    Jess!

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    • Sahar Aman
      June 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jess! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment 🙂 I love the show and pleased I discovered it, so happy to be able share it with my readers. Will definitely check out this podcast, thanks for sending it my way. Hope you have a fabulous day.

      Much love xo

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  2. Sarah
    June 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve decided to start keeping a journal and writing in it as you do. I really do need to start my day other than coffee -> computer -> coffee -> lunch -> computer -> recipe testing/etc. It’s ridiculous for a nutritionist.

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    • Sahar Aman
      June 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Definitely do it Sarah, it gives me so much clarity to write down a few thoughts in the morning and I’m going to keep it up! Let me know how it goes and hope it helps xoxo

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  3. lynsey | lynseylovesfood.com
    June 9, 2015 at 6:47 am (3 years ago)

    oh what a great post! i am a fan of easing into my morning and like to wake up with lots of time before the day starts, but have to admit i am guilty of checking my phone and getting lost in social feeds. I love the idea of hitting my journal right away. xo

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    • Sahar Aman
      June 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

      I think we are all guilt of that 🙂 Those social feeds, I love them totally get lost on them. Hard not to with all the thoughts and pretty pictures out there. I def recommend hitting up the journal first thing, getting a few thoughts out is like stretching out the brain first thing! xoxo

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  4. Gameema
    August 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so interesting. I’ve been in the same space recently and you’ve just reminded me that I had a motivational page (sounds lame I know) which I had planned on reading first thing in the morning but never did (which is even more lame). Thank you so much for sharing! ♥

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