I sit down to write this, as part of my writing hour in my morning routine. I’ve already done more this morning to heal, to get into a happy mental state and to create things than most do all day – and it’s all because I have a killer morning routine.
Early morning is by far the most magical time of the day – it’s quite, it’s peaceful, I feel like I’m the only person in the world. It’s just me and the birds at this time of the day – watching the sun rise.
Before the madness of the day even starts, I knock out all those big things on my daily “must do” list for healing and creating.
In the first few hours of the day, I’ve accomplished enough that even if the rest of the day is a total ride off, I can still feel good about what I achieved that day – before any of those other lazy bums have even gotten out of bed! (If you’re going to be an early bird, you have to be smug about it. It’s one of the rules.)
“How you start your day is how you’re going to live your day. And how you live your day is the way you live your life.” – Louise Hay
But it never used to be this way for me. I was never a morning person at all. In fact, I used to not even be able to pull my head off the pillow until after 8am, and it usually took about 30 minutes to even be able to open my eyes.
That was back in the Dark Days, when I woke up every day “hung over” (despite not actually drinking), feeling like I’d been hit by a truck and on fire with inflammation. Good times.
So what changed? My morning routine. Especially the thing I do first – which helped me to rise early even when I woke up in that sick state, and cleared the toxic feeling, the inflammation, the brain fog, so I could get on with my day.
When I don’t get up at my now normal 5am, I feel so discombobulated for the entire day. I just can’t seem to get it together again. My morning routine brings my whole day together, and I swear it’s one of the big reasons I’ve healed!
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The 8 Must Do’s to create a magical morning routine
Why did I wake up feeling like I’d been run over by a truck every single day? On fire with inflammation? Hungover? With brain fog?
Well, one factor was I was still eating “trigger foods”. But the main reason was that my liver was struggling. The feeling of being hungover is basically the feeling of your liver being poisoned, and I was waking up with this everyday with no idea why.
During the night, while we’re in our para-sympathetic, relaxed mode, the body is able to go through it’s healing and detoxing processes and do it’s clean up work. But if you’re not actually able to clear the toxins out of the body, it doesn’t really help too much – it’s just makes you feel like roadkill when you wake up.
This first thing I do as soon as I get up every morning has helped me to not only heal, but to be able to get up earlier. It clears the inflammation, clears the toxins that are circulating (that have been released while we sleep), clears the brain fog and makes me feel alive again.
Coffee enemas. I would never have been able to start getting up at 5am without them, and I don’t think I would have healed without them either. Before you blow this one off – read this post.
Another thing I do to detox in the morning is my near infrared heat lamp sauna to sweat those toxins out.
Detoxing is part of my daily routine, and it will be for the rest of my life!
A huge part of what continues the vicious cycle of stress and overwhelm is that we never give ourselves time to PROCESS our life. To reflect on whats happened. To anchor ourselves in the present moment.
To check in with how we’re feeling. Most of us are used to checking out instead – going straight into reading emails, scrolling Facebook, watching the news, reading a book.
It’s hard to just sit there and feel – and not distract ourselves from the uncomfortable feelings or gut instincts we’re not ready to act on. But that’s part of healing.
And especially during the time that you’re healing old wounds and traumas, you need a lot of extra processing time.
I spend my first 15 minutes of being awake – while I’m doing my coffee enema – to check in. I think about my dreams the night before (and pick up any gems of insights given to me), I check in with how I’m feeling, if theres anything I need to process and just give my mind some space. We don’t always need to be doing something and being “productive”.
There’s a reason everyone keeps telling you to meditate in the morning. So you can calm the eff down – inner peace and all that.
Remember this: when you’re in a relaxed, positive mental state – you’re healing.
Take those deep belly breaths, quite your mind, connect with that bigger life force – whatever you call it. And peace the eff out, for just a few minutes a day. It changes everything.
This is something I’ve been playing with more recently, and something I learned from Tony Robbins. Like he says, you don’t just wake up and hope you’ll be in a good mood and positive state of mind. You have to work at it. You have to rehearse it.
I spend time every morning, just 10 minutes, pumping myself up into the state of mind that I want to be living that day. I’m practicing how I want to feel.
I run through my 3 good things gratitude list (this morning it was the cloudy cold breeze on my skin, the birds singing outside and seeing the almost-full moon through the window), I run through my 3 big things I want to get done that day.
But most of all, I’m pumping myself up into an emotional state of gratitude, of love, of healing energy. Those feelings come from inside of you – not anywhere else.
Every morning, I spend 1 hour creating. For me, creation means writing. But for you, creation could be whatever you love doing. It could be gardening or cooking or dreaming up ideas or working on your business or anything really.
Of course, some form of movement is the perfect thing to start or to finish you’re morning routine off with! I hardly ever do the same thing everyday – it varies between yoga, rebounding, taking a walk, strength building/high intensity exercise.
While healing, and especially in the middle of a healing reaction, I don’t exercise much at all. I needed to conserve that energy for healing, and to take it easy. Some days I did a light walk, light yoga, or light rebounding.
You never want exercise to leave you feeling drained and fatigued. You should feel really energised and better after exercise. If you don’t, take it easy on the exercise until you do.
Early morning, before you’ve eaten breakfast, is the best time to get a lot of water into your body. We’re usually pretty dehydrated after sleep, and it’s the perfect time to flush all that stuff out of your body that you’re body been working on detoxing through the night.
A practice that really did make a huge impact on me was drinking 1 litre (1 quart) of water in those first few hours of the day, before eating. This is detoxifying on it’s own! Try it out and see for yourself. You can work up to the 1 litre (1 quart) over a couple of weeks.
By the way, you never want to ‘force’ yourself to guzzle down ton of water! But as you drink more, your thirst will probably increase.
Round out your magical morning with a decent meal! You want some fat, some veggies and some protein for a morning that will kick start your adrenals, your hormones and your thyroid! I also drink a cup of bone broth to keep my gut happy.