I love Valentine's day, I think celebrating our love for our partner is wonderful.
However, while love is in the air, I want to take the opportunity to talk to you aboutself-love and self-care, which are vital for thriving health and a successful life.
Self-love and self-care are not selfish acts. Without being kind and loving to yourself, you can’t turn up for someone else in the same way.
One of the most powerful self-love and self-care habits, that empowers you to kickstart your day and program your mind to turn your dreams into reality, is a morning routine!
A morning routine is one of the key traits of a high performing person - they know that if they win their morning, they can win their day!
On The Wild Show, Adventure photographer and Storyteller, Ian Finch tells us how by using his vision board, affirmations, and a gratitude journal, he was able to overcome his fear of becoming an adventure photographer and increase the levels of success in his professional life!
A Morning Routine empowers you to….
Invest in yourself and grow
Develop a self-love and self-care practice
Create positive momentum first thing in the morning
Set a vision and direction for your day
Enhance your sleep quality
By starting your day focused, productive and successful, the rest of your day will follow suit and so will your life - you create a snowball effect!
AND you’ll be able to show up in the best way possible for your loved ones
Each person’s morning routine is slightly different, you have to find one that works for you! Here are my 5 favourite morning routine habits…
My 5 Favourite Morning Routine Habits
1. I pause
When BBC Radio 1 wakes me up, I take a few deep breathes, smile and hydrate
2. I journal
I enjoy in writing my journal by hand. It’s more cathartic for me and keeps me away from blue light that much longer.
I write what’s on my mind - sometimes pages, sometimes nothing, it depends how I’m feeling.
However, I always write;
3 things I am grateful for - they have to be different each morning!
3 things that would make today great
And my Affirmation: I am…. - this can be anything you like.
By focusing on the positive you are making these neuropathways stronger and short-circuiting the negative thought patterns, so these pathways become weaker.
Studies have shown that by consistently focusing on the positive thoughts and behaviours, your happiness will significantly improve and you’ll create the levels of personal, professional and financial success that you desire.
3. I breathe
I have been meditating for years and I love taking this time to lie in bed, beneath the duvet to experience peacefulness.
I also take this moment to switch my core muscles on with breathing exercises.
4. I visionise
I stand in front of my vision board and ask my self what do I want?
I answer with my top 3 goals.
I then ask myself, how am I going to achieve that?
Then I immerse myself in a stunning film achieving these 3 things - I deeply envision how it feels, what I see and hear.
I take all of this and turn it into a colour, it’s usually sparking gold with snowflakes and I flood this into the future; a week, a month, 6 months, a year and further depending on my goals.
I then take everything I’ve learnt and flood it back into me today.
I take all of this and the colour and run through my day, today.
Then when my unconscious mind is ready I come back to the room.
To really ramp it up, play your favourite inspirational soundtrack!
5. I train (and eat!)
Before I train, I will jam something in my mouth to fuel my workout and hydrate some more!
I am training for two adventures and the Braveheart Triathlon later this year, so follow the workout that has been set for me.
It’s important to move in the morning to get your heart rate up and to feel energized - you don’t need to train for a triathlon, a walk outside would do wonders too.
Exposing your skin to sunlight in the morning is also important for melatonin secretion, which regulates your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
As Sleep Expert Shawn Stevenson says, by getting more light during the day and less light at night, you’re on your way to having a magic sleep formula!