Have you always been a bit sceptical of meditation? Or wanted to try it but not sure where to start or if you even have time to do it? Then one of the best ways to add meditation into your life is through your self-care morning routine.
Meditation has gained more and more popularity over the past few years, with more people interested in and seeing the many benefits of mindfulness in everyday life. It seems that most of us are rushing around, trying to do too many things at once, and hardly able to take a breath.
In comes meditation. This ancient practice is so good for modern-day life because it brings you into the present. Meditation is able to give you so many benefits and help more than just your mental state.
Benefits of meditation in your self-care morning routine
Self-care is the practice of taking time to nurture yourself in ways that feel good to you, in order to be your best self. Taking care of you has become more important to individuals as life continues to demand so much.
In health and wellness, self-care is an excellent way to nurture, repair and honour your mind, body and spirit. Including meditation in your self-care routine is a great way to target all areas of your self. Therefore, leading to healthier wellbeing overall.
Meditation aids mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing
Being present within yourself is a great way to bring your energy back in. You’re conscious of every breath, every movement, every thought and your body as a whole.
This presence allows you to release stress, relax your physical being and relieve any tension, feel your emotions fully and approach yourself with love. Meditation is an excellent way to reconnect with your inner self and build self-awareness of your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states at any time.
Provides personal me-time
Often, in your self-care routine, you just want time to yourself to be. Meditation offers that time as you explore your inner being. Putting aside worries, responsibilities and stress for quality time to yourself.
You may already feel as though you have me time covered in your routine. But how often are you away from the pressing thoughts of life? This is why meditation is a great addition. It provides quality time to reflect and be peaceful.
Meditation creates clarity
As with quality time to yourself, meditation is great for clearing out the chaos in your mind. By filtering out and muting the noise, you’re giving yourself space and time to refocus and reflect.
What’s really important and actionable for you? We often get caught up in things we cannot control. Therefore, evaluate your priorities and things you can do to make a difference in your life. Without this reflection, you may always feel that life happens to you, rather than taking action.
Meditation can help you gain clarity on your goals, actions and the steps you can take to change your current situation.
These benefits make it clear that meditation is important as part of your self-care morning routine to set up the day the right way. Freeing your mind, body and soul of the stress and chaos of life can greatly improve many areas of your wellbeing.
Adding meditation to your self-care morning routine
Here are a few places you can practice meditation within any morning routine. These are suggestions and ideas that you could apply to your morning habits.
Meditate in the shower
The shower, or bath if you prefer, is something you probably already do every day. This is the perfect opportunity to include meditation in activities that you already do.
Start by taking deep breaths and being conscious of your breath. Slow things down, be purposeful and mindful in the action of showering. Be completely aware of your body, the feel of the water, the bubbles and your feet on the floor. The sounds of the water, the smells of your body wash and the sense of taking care of your body.
By concentrating your mind within the action of showering, you are meditating. Giving your mind a rest from its chaos. Not only are you taking care of your physical self, this nurtures your mental and emotional being too.
This mindfulness practice can also help you be more mindful in everyday life too. Learning to be more attentive, immersed and present in everything you do, think, feel and see.
Meditate while brushing your teeth
Of course, we all brush our teeth but what are you thinking and feeling whilst doing it? Most of the time your mind might be rushing around the day ahead.
Instead, once your mind is empty from your shower, you can think in search of clarity for the day ahead. Although this may not seem like a meditation, exploring your mind in this way is highly beneficial. Ask yourself questions such as:
- What do I have control over?
- What actions can I take to help me progress?
- How do I want to show up today?
- How will I react to other situations?
You have more control of your thoughts, emotions and actions when you’re more aware of them. By thinking about your goals and how you want to be every day, you should start seeing and feeling changes in yourself.
During the day, you’ll find yourself more aligned and in tune with your goals. Making conscious decisions that you know serve you well and taking positive action.
Meditate while making breakfast
Another great time for meditation is breakfast!
Again, being present and conscious in the moment, but in a different way… in gratitude.
Gratitude is an amazing state to be in and really starts your day off in the most positive way possible. Being grateful and noticing all the little things means life really cannot be as bad as it seems. Any stress and struggles you have can be overcome and a small in comparison to life itself.
Therefore, be grateful for the food you are making, the roof over your head, running water, the miracle that is your body… be grateful for everything you have been given.
This may seem like a small change to implement but it is very powerful and can completely change your day ahead.
Visualisation on your commute
Another excellent meditation practice to include in your morning routine is visualisation. Whether you walk, cycle, train or drive in your daily life, there is time for visualisation.
You can visualise you succeeding at your goal. What it feels like, where you are when you achieve it, who is with you to every little detail. This is a way for you to try on your success, focus on your goal and how you can get there. Similarly to gaining clarity, this visualisation helps you to continually take aligned action and control of your current life.
Or, you can practice visualisation of an outcome. If you have important events happening in the day, visualise how you want them to go. How will you benefit, how will you contribute, what is the desired result, how will it feel? This can put you into a positive mindset going into the situation and obtaining the result you desire.
Any way you choose to visualise, turn off the music and be present in your mind and body and feel the emotion of it.
How will you add meditation to your self-care morning routine?
Now tow it’s your turn to add meditation into your morning routine. Experiment with a few different and ideas and ways to meditate in what you do already and notice any changes in your being.
It is in your hands and the benefits you can gain from meditating should surely be worth a try.
How do you meditate in daily life? Leave us a comment below and let’s share.