I don’t think there’s anything more rewarding than having a good solid morning ritual, followed by a bedtime one too, so I just wanted to share some of my rituals, especially now I’m back at work and wanting to keep on with certain aspects of the new life I found during both lockdowns. I’ve pretty much not worked for a whole year, there’s been a few hours here and there at the salon over Christmas but I was mainly out of work. The meditation app I’ll mention throughout is Insight Timer, I’ve used Headspace and tried out Calm before, but this is the only app out of all of them that I find to work the best, there’s thousands of practices, hundreds of teachers and mentors and speakers, and a tonne of different types of meditations to choose from.
A lot of the habits I developed from all of this time off, I want to maintain for sure. I really love the slower pace of life that’s came with the pandemic, and I don’t want to just return to the old fast pace of life. It wasn’t good for me then, and I’m determined to keep it calm and cool. However, I also didn’t want to lose my head during all my time alone, so I had a routine, and I mostly stuck to it. Now and again it varied, some days I woke up and started to edit my novel right away, other times I headed out for a walk or did some chores, but it all sort of rotated around these few things:
Obviously it starts with coffee, but not just coffee. I actually start every morning religiously by having some apple cider vinegar in warm water, this is good for everything, health wise. I swear by it. The coffee Scott and I have is usually aeropress, with one teaspoon of honey stirred in, and Oatly oat milk. Morning meditations and mindfulness play a part too, and in fact I found this a few weeks ago:
I know it might seem a bit random, but this is seriously soothing and nice to sit and listen to. I’ve actually listened to this a few times while journalling.
Journalling wise, I just keep it to one page. I use Paipur journals, which are in my opinion, the best journals out there. I’m a bit of a journal/diary snob, and I’m very particular on what I write on and with! I usually jot down any dreams I have lingering in my head, thoughts for the day, my intensions, my aspirations for that day, or otherwise, I literally just write down anything that comes to mind. I should say as well, sometimes I have a Youtube video on in the background, and when I do it’s usually Lavendaire. If you haven’t seen any of her videos, I suggest you take a look. She gives off such a great light and positivity, and again she’s someone with a naturally calming voice, all of her videos are about positivity, mindset, finding your life’s purpose and so on. She’s great to have on while journalling.
I’ll go into this another time, but I also love to use my journals as little time machines to myself. I like to ask my future self questions, the questions that arise alone cause me to wonder how I came to think of them and what that could mean, subconsciously. I’ve done this a lot over the years and discovering old questions I wrote ten years ago and so on, is so interesting, but I’ll save that for another post.
Morning Yoga – sometimes, actually most of the time, we don’t always have time for it, but there’s one or two out there that are easy enough to do. I love ‘Yoga with Adriene’ personally because she’s so upbeat and positive to listen to. There’s a morning practice that’s literally five minutes long, and I can feel the difference if I don’t do it. Obviously there’s a tonne of others with yoga practices that are great but for me, I always come back to Adriene.
This is another great example of some of the morning meditations I do, especially if I’m short on time. This one is just a couple of minutes but time really does slow down during this practice, and she has a seriously soothing voice.
If you have more time on your hands, and a nice quiet area to sit and chill for a bit, I also highly recommend this meditation. I actually first came to do this one during a sunny afternoon in my flat, with my crystals in my lap, and it was pure therapy.
Breakfast wise, I have to admit, sometimes I skip, but usually I just keep it simple, nothing too fancy. I’ve always struggled to eat breakfast, I’m not sure why, I’m definitely someone who can power on through the morning just on a good coffee. When Scott’s off work he’s the one sorting something hearty, so on Sunday’s I get to sit and write for a bit while he’s scrambling some eggs.
And then the night closes in, time to rest.
I’m a bad sleeper, I always have been ever since I was a kid. I’m not sure why, sometimes I can be exhausted, and my mind still struggles to turn off. Since using Insight Timer, I’ve found one or two practices that definitely help. As well as this, I started to take magnesium, and I can’t recommend this enough. I must have been low on magnesium all my life because I’ve seriously felt the benefits of taking this supplement.
This really helps put me to sleep, so for anyone struggling out there, give this a go. Bill Larson is seriously calming, and he reads so well. The story itself is obviously different from the Disney version we all know, it’s so beautifully written, and deep and imaginative. The book is split up into different chapters and sections, with each one stemming over an hour long, plenty of time to lie back and clear your head while listening to Bill.
Another ritual I have is to express gratitude. I know some people say a prayer, some read, some just go to sleep. There’s a lot to be said on the practice of simply saying thank you, and letting go of the day with a grateful heart. It helps to instil an inner peace right before sleep, but it also helps to open your mind. You might start to say thank you to the universe or god or whoever for your health and comfy bed, but the night after that you’ll come to think of all kinds of things. Discovering that you’re grateful for the food in your belly, the moon, your friends, your luck, courage, talent, opportunity’s and so on. There’s so much to be thankful for once you start this off, and it really is a great mindset to have right before you drift off into a deep slumber.
Thank you for your time, have a great rest.