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How to create a slow living morning routine for a gentler start to your day

How to create a slow living morning routine for a gentler start to your day

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the rush of the day and forget to slow down and take care of ourselves. A slow living morning routine can help you start your day on a gentler note, easing into your day with intention and calm. Here are some tips to help you create a slow living morning routine.

Wake up a little earlier

The early bird gets the worm. One of the best ways to start a slow living morning routine is to wake up a little earlier than usual. This extra time in the morning can be used for quiet reflection, journaling, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee or tea in peace. We’re not talking about the 5am gym bunny lifestyle. Just 30 mins extra every morning of me-time. Try it, you’ll see a difference.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the current moment. Incorporating mindfulness into your morning routine can help you start your day with a sense of calm and clarity. You can practise mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply by taking a few moments to focus on your senses and surroundings. At Selfmade, we’re huge fans of using the app “Headspace”. A couple of headspace tracks in the morning can really help you get ready to face your day.

Stretch or Move Your Body

Endorphins, endorphins, endorphins. Moving your body can help you wake up and get your blood flowing, helping to energise you for the day ahead. This can be as simple as a few gentle stretches or some light yoga poses.

Practise Positive Self Affirmations

Have you heard of standing in a power pose in front of a mirror before entering a tough meeting? Think of this as your morning power pose to get you ready for the day. Try standing in front of a mirror and repeating positive self affirmations.

“I am capable of achieving my goals"

"I am strong and resilient"

"I choose to let go of negativity and focus on positivity"

"I am confident and capable"

Have a Nutritious Breakfast

Eating a nutritious breakfast can help you start your day off on the right foot, providing you with the energy and nutrients you need to tackle the day ahead. Focus on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to nourish your body and mind.

Limit Screen Time

We cannot stress this one enough. Checking your phone or email first thing in the morning can be stressful and overwhelming. Instead, try to limit your screen time in the morning and focus on other activities that bring you joy and calm. Leave those emails to later in the day. 

Set Intentions for the Day 

Take a few moments to set intentions for your day. This can help you focus your energy and attention on the things that are most important to you, helping you feel more grounded and centred. 

Creating a slow living morning routine can take some time and experimentation, so don't be afraid to try different things and see what works best for you. With a little intention and commitment, you can start your day with a sense of calm and ease, setting the tone for a more peaceful and fulfilling day.

Rituals of Relaxation

Start your morning with rituals of relaxation that remind you of soothing calming environments. Activities that you associate with calm, e.g lighting a candle can help get you into a mindset for a gentle start to the day. At Selfmade we recommend candles with soothing essential oils that also provide energy - think scents of orange / mandarin should help get you started.

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Creating a slow morning routine for a gentler start to your day