Yesterday when I wrote about getting back on the simple living wagon, I mentioned that one way to get back on track with your intentions is to take control of your mornings. Our mornings set the pace for our days, and our days add up to our lives. So if you’re striving to live a simpler lifestyle, the best way to begin is by taking a look at your mornings…
Make Your Mornings Intentional
What do your mornings look like? Do they set the pace for an intentional day?
Over the years I’ve tried countless morning ‘routines’ that haven’t worked for me. However, this year I started setting ‘morning intentions’ and they’ve completely changed how my mornings look. What time you wake up will depend on your schedule and really, how early you can get yourself up (and to bed at night). I get up 5 am because it means I have two and a half hours of beautiful, empty time before my son wakes up. I use this time to set my pace for the day and find that when I follow my morning intentions, by the time my son begins to stir at 7:30, I am relaxed, content, and ready to give him my time and attention. This may not be the case for you, but maybe you have to get to work or another obligation…the idea is beginning the day feeling intentional, so you can face the stresses of the day with a calm and quiet mind.
Getting out of bed: Make it hygge.
My intentional morning begins with waking up at 5, and ‘getting cozy.’ I often don’t like getting out of bed because I don’t want to stop being cozy. So I realized that if I take a couple of minutes to put on wool socks and my favorite sweater as soon as I get out of bed, I’m much more apt to getting up early. I then go and make a cup of tea and wrap in a blanket as I sit down at my desk. These little things help me to feel like I’m treating myself to a cozy moment…instead of dragging myself out of bed.
Journaling: Morning Thoughts, Intentions, Inspirational Thoughts
I begin with journaling. My journaling intentions include: morning thoughts, intentions, and inspirational thoughts. My morning thoughts is whatever I need it to be: a list, a note, anything that has come to mind in the moments I’ve been waking up that I’d like to write down. There are no requirements for how long I have to write or how much. It’s just to get any thoughts down that are floating around in my head.
Intentions are my intentions for the morning (which consist of one or two things I’d like to accomplish before my baby wakes up), my intentions for the day, and where I check in with my weekly intentions. I call them intentions and not to-do’s because while some of them are measurable tasks, others are simply things like ‘slow down’ or ‘quiet my mind.’ Setting my intentions does not mean making a lengthy to-do list. They instead consist of my most important couple of tasks for the day, written down in a way that I know I can easily accomplish them, so that I don’t have to stress out and do them while my baby cries or skip brushing my hair that day to get them done. The idea is writing down a couple of tasks that you feel good about, things that it would be nice to get done but without making you feel like you have to rush.
Inspirational thoughts are what get me feeling inspired and ready to create. I simply find an inspirational quote and use it as a journaling prompt to get my thoughts flowing.
Getting things done before baby wakes up…
After journaling, I sometimes have a couple of tasks that I’d like to accomplish before my son wakes up. No matter how much you’re embracing slow living or simplicity, we all have things that have to get done. However, doing them before my baby is up allows me to do them calmly and quietly, instead of with one hand as I hurry to get him dressed with my other hand and hold a bottle between my elbow and my leg… Setting morning intentions allows us to stop multi-tasking, because I’ve accomplished my must-do things before my son even wakes up, I’m free to do all of the cuddling, pancake-making and taking long walks that I want to with the rest of the morning.
Waking up and having intentions for my morning allows me to move more slowly as I go through the morning, because I know what I want to do, and I know it is achievable without rushing or stressing. Setting up my mornings this ways allows me to start my day with a cozy, hygge moment to myself and then move into more hygglig moments throughout the day…because I have created the time and mindset…to seek them.