1. Stare at Your Children
I know this might sound a little creepy, but doing this has become so, so important for me. Our daughter is about to turn two. We practiced bed-sharing when she was an infant, which you can read about here and here. But now she sleeps in her own bed in her own room… for a couple of hours anyway. Every night, without fail, she wanders into our room and climbs into the bed with us. And so every morning, before I get out of bed, I stare at her for just a couple of minutes. It helps me to feel more connected to her, and honestly, our kids all look like little angels when they are asleep. Staring at her helps me to remember my purpose as a parent, which in turn helps me be more patient and forgiving throughout the day. Most of the time, she is sound asleep while I look at her, or she’ll suddenly jump out of bed, ready to start her day. But a couple of times, she has been awake and just stared right back at me. It’s almost feels like she is savoring the moment too, and those rare moments are the best feeling in the world!
Even if you don’t practice bed-sharing, you can still do this. Check in on them and watch them sleep for a couple of minutes. They are only going to be this age once.
2. Oil Pulling
Oil-pulling is best if done first thing in the morning before drinking any water. If you are unfamiliar with oil pulling, it is an ancient ayurvedic practice. Oil is placed in the mouth, swished around, (and then spit out, not swallowed) for upwards of 20 minutes. The oil is thought to pull bacteria and toxins from the mouth. Most people put a spoonful of coconut oil in their mouth or some extra virgin olive oil. But I have found this to be really messy and unnecessarily unpleasant. Instead, I make oil-pulling melts with a couple of drops of essential oils in them. DoTERRA’s OnGuard or Young Living’s Thieves are excellent oils to use for oil pulling because they are antibacterial (and the taste reminds me of Close-Up toothpaste).
4. Diffuse Essential Oils
I love diffusing essential oils in the morning. Not only do I reap the aromatic benefits of whatever oils I am diffusing, but diffusing oils also helps the connect me with myself and set my intention for the day. How so? Because I have to stop and ask myself how I am feeling. Or what I am hoping to accomplish that day (“Do I need to be grounded? Do I need to be energized? Do I have a lot to get ton today?”) And then I select which essential oils I am going to diffuse based on those answers. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then you might have missed that this is one of my favorite blends in the morning:
5. Make Your Bed
For most of my life, I have not made my bed every single morning. But then I discovered two things: 1.) That sleeping in a bed that has been made feels so much better than going to sleep in a bed that was unmade. 2.) When I make my bed, I am intentionally making the choice that it’s going to be a good day. Then, every time I see my bed for the rest of the day, it serves as a reminder of the choice I have made.
6. Enjoy the Sound of Silence
I know. When you have little ones running around, silence is hard to come by. Your house is probably always filled with the sounds of scampering feet and toys being thrown about. But find a way to have just a few minutes of silence. Breath deeply and allow the silence to wash over you, so that feel more calm and collected.
Not everyone is a morning exercise person. But, even it if it is only 5-10 minutes, or a light stroll, or a stretching session, a tiny bit of movement can make a big difference to your day. Exercise releases serotonin which makes you feel happy. What great and easy way to feel like your morning has been more meaningful!
8. Eat Breakfast and Do It Together as a Family
For the majority of my life, I was not a breakfast person. I would skip breakfast and begin eating at lunch. Then, I began reading about the importance of breakfast (how the words literally mean, “break fast” because you have been fasting throughout the night and now your body needs energy). So I started eating breakfast every day, but like I said earlier, my husband and I spent our mornings independent of one another, so we would eat separately usually while playing on our phones or watching tv.
Then, we decided to do a Whole 30 together, which completely changed our lives in so many ways! One of those ways was that it forced us to eat breakfast together as a family. Instead of grabbing something quick like cereal and yogurt, our breakfasts now consisted of eggs, bacon, and the like. So I would cook breakfast for everyone, and then we would all sit around the breakfast table together to eat.
If you aren’t even eating breakfast right now, eating it together as a family might seem like such a stretch. But gathering around the table as a family at the beginning of each day has been such a blessing. We connect with each other, talk about how we can support each other throughout the day, and so much more. All of these conversations naturally set each of us up to having a good day.
9.) Pray and Connect with God
One of the things we do as a family around the breakfast table is pray and connect with God. We will read a passage from a book (we have really loved this one and this one because they have helped us articulate what we believe and why) and reflected on it as a family. Or we will read a short devotional.
We also pray together as a family. My daughter really loves to pray; most mornings we will pray, and then she will say, “More prayer!” So we will pray again. This cycle usually repeats itself 2 or 3 times., so we end up spending lots of time in prayer! And if I was being truthful, I would have to confess that it’s more time than if I was praying just by myself. Praying together as a family has been a real gift; it has pushed Erik and I beyond what we would normally do.
10. Count Your Blessings
A number of years ago, I purchased a thanksgiving journal. I forced myself to write in every day and find at least one thing to be grateful for, even when I wasn’t feeling too grateful for anything. It was an amazing practice because each day that passed, I suddenly found it easier and easier to identify the blessings in my life. Then, we moved, and I lost the journal. Or so I thought. The other day I was reorganizing some boxes, when I came across it again. I sat down to read it, and reflecting back on those days several years ago was an eye-opening experience. I rediscovered many of the things that I had started to take for granted again. You don’t need a fancy journal though to do this activity. You can use your phone, laptop, or whatever.
And now I want to hear from you! What are some practices you have been doing to be more intentional in the morning?
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