Today, I have a post by my good friend and an excellent blogger, Shilpa Gupte, who writes on mental health issues, food and nutrition, wellness and happiness on her blog Metanoia. In short, she is a woman after my own heart. Shilpa talks about her 5 morning rituals that helps her through her day. Let’s read and imbibe a few of them (if not all) in our daily self care ritual too.
Over to Shilpa!! <3
‘Well begun is half done.”
I am sure you must have read this statement a hundred times right from your childhood days. However, it is only after you become an adult with a hundred responsibilities foisted on your head that you truly realize the hidden meaning behind these words!
Be it a journey, a new venture or even your usual day, a lot depends upon how we begin. A good beginning ensures your mind is ready for whatever is to follow. You are aware of the tasks you need to accomplish and how you need to go about completing those tasks. The outcome might not necessarily satisfy you; the results might even be below your expectations. But, because you started well, your mind will be in a position to accept the disappointments and work better the next time, or the following day. And, this is the reason why you need to make a perfect beginning!
Today, I am sharing a few morning rituals I begin my day with. Self care rituals, which did take quite some getting used to, but which are now so much a part of my day, that I can’t imagine starting my day any other way!
5 MORNING RITUALS THAT HELP ME EMPOWER MY DAY
The first thing I do on waking up is sending a prayer of gratitude out into the Universe. I have realized over the years how the Universe responds to what you think and believe. It gives you exactly what it receives from you. So, if you send out positivity, trust, happiness, humbleness, then that is what the Universe will send into your Life.
Whatever the situation in your Life, be sure to be grateful for it. Yes, even when you are experiencing a crisis, the worst of its kind, just be grateful, for it is only during adversities that we learn to be a better version of ourselves. That, we learn not to take anything for granted, and be content with whatever Life deals out to us. You never know, but there are countless people yearning for precisely the thing you take for granted!
DRINK TWO GLASSES OF WARM WATER
I began this morning ritual for health around two years ago, and today I notice the difference it has made to my health.
To two glasses of water, I add carom seeds and grated ginger, also a few mint leaves if they are available at home, and boil it all. Then, I strain half of it in my mug, add cool water to bring it to the right temperature and sip it slowly.
I have my favorite spot in my tiny kitchen balcony, where I sit down with my mug of warm water. The cool morning breeze, the chirping of the birds, the changing hues of the morning sky and the peace and quiet give me company as I sip my health drink.
The warm water helps flush out the toxins, the carom seeds and ginger give me relief from any digestion problems, all of which ensures a healthy gut and a happy me! Have you noticed how crabby you feel when you haven’t been able to pass motions early in the morning?
REFLECTING ON LIFE
I do squeeze in 10 minutes each day, while I sip my warm water, to reflect on Life—my past and my present. And, it is during these moments that I come to realize how I have changed over the years, what I have learned from Life and how I need to change further to evolve into the person I was destined to be.
Sounds too deep, I know, but these reflections teach me a lot! They help me discover myself, and my world, and learn about the people in my Life and how I can be a better person. It tells me the things I need to remember throughout the day to make my day a productive and a peaceful day.
During these moments, I remind myself the importance of certain things, for instance, stay in the here and the now instead of wandering off into the past or the future. Also, how I need to consciously keep my cool in a difficult situation, and how I am capable of dealing with it all, irrespective of the fear and doubt that gnaws at me from within.
PREPARE A TO-DO LIST FOR THE DAY
I don’t use a journal for my daily to-do lists. Instead, I use a phone app. In my to-do lists, I note down all those tasks—professional, personal and domestic—that I need to accomplish. Be it changing the bed sheets, scrubbing the bathroom, oiling my hair, cutting my nails, completing a blog post/article, working on Pinterest or sharing my posts on various social media. I note down these tasks in my list and delete these one by one as and when I complete these.
At the end of the day, when I sit down to review my performance, I notice where and when I faired well and where I need to work harder. I move the unfinished tasks to the next day’s list and sleep a contented soul!
My to-do lists have improved my productivity and raised my happiness quotient, exponentially.
For the past few years I have been practicing Yoga diligently. What with lumbar and cervical spondylosis, weak eyesight (the power of my spectacles is rather high), and anxiety-related issues, I realized how only Yoga would help me cope with it all.
On days when my mornings are rushed, I change my Yoga routine to fit in just those asanas that I need for my eyes, back and neck.
I have noticed tremendous improvement in my flexibility, in my awareness about my posture and my ability to take any stress that comes my way. Not that I can call myself a Superwoman, but I am able to handle stress much better than earlier. It also helps me stay calm and be completely aware and in control of my thoughts.
Making changes in our daily schedule takes efforts, but those efforts help us in the long run. Not only our physical health, but our emotional, mental and spiritual health undergoes a lot of change and improvement, all of which helps us handle this mystery called, ‘Life’, with strength and sensitivity.
And, as I always say, that a new habit takes about a month to develop into a ritual, so all you need to do is, begin, and follow it regularly with all your heart and soul!
What is your morning ritual? What things you like to do in the mornings?