A spiritual morning routine is the perfect way to start your day. It can help you focus on your personal relationship with the universe, connect you with your inner self, and set the tone for the day ahead. Here’s some inspiration on making a ritual that works for you.
From spending time in nature, to journaling, to meditating, there are many different things you can include in a spiritual morning routine. The key is to develop a ritual that feels right for you.
Below are the things I include in my spiritual routine. Feel free to pick and choose from the list, add your own ideas, and build a routine customized for you.
Wake up early
The first step in any good spiritual morning ritual is to wake up early enough that you can take your time to enjoy the ritual. I know, tough....
This generally means setting your alarm for at least an hour before you need to start your day to give you plenty of time to relax and connect with the universe without feeling rushed.
But, just because your alarm goes off early, it doesn’t mean you need to jump out of bed. Take it slow. Breath in. Breath out. Have a cuddle with your pup or your partner. It’s all about easing into the day in a positive way.
Why cuddle? Well, cuddling helps to release oxytocin, a hormone connected with happiness and stress relief. It’s also thought to reduce inflammation. So, starting your day with this act of intimacy can help both your mental and physical health. Win, win.
After you wake up, the first thing you should do is drink plenty of water. This will help to hydrate your body and mind so that you're ready to tackle the day ahead. Plus, it's a great way to flush out any toxins that have built up overnight.
You might be surprised to learn that the human body is composed of approximately 60% water, which means that water is essential for our survival. Every cell in our body needs water to function properly, and even a small drop in hydration can have a significant impact on our health. When we are even mildly dehydrated, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and trouble concentrating.
For an extra health boost, add lemon to your water. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is essential for immunity. Drinking lemon water may also help improve digestion and boost energy levels. But, at the very least, it tastes great.
Ground yourself in nature
If possible, try to spend some time outdoors in nature as part of your spiritual morning routine. This will help you to connect with the natural world around you before getting swept into the business of the day.
To me, there's something special about mornings in nature. The air is crisp and the world is new. It's a time to reflect on the beauty of mother earth and the endless possibilities that each day brings. Thanks to the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors, it’s also an opportunity to start each day with a sense of calm.
Whether it's eating your breakfast in your backyard, tending to your plants, or going for a long morning walk, you'll feel more connected with the ecosystem.
Get some movement
A miracle morning routine also involves squeezing in some exercise before starting your day. A moderate workout will help increase endorphins, which will leave you feeling happy and motivated all day long. Plus, it's a great way to get rid of any excess anxious energy about the day ahead.
Exercise comes in many forms, so do what feels right for you. Some of my favourite morning activities include: a long walk in nature, yoga, lifting weights, or an intensive cardio session. Depends on the day and what my body feels it needs.
Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget about picking the perfect beats. Sure, music is a good source of entertainment. But, it’s also incredibly important to your mood.
Numerous studies have shown that listening to music can have a positive effect on your mental health. One study found that listening to happy music resulted in an increase in positive emotions. Another study found that participants who listened to relaxing music experienced lower levels of anxiety and stress.
So, as you scroll Spotify, be intentional about the music you pick and reap the mental health benefits.
Embrace a yoga practice
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to yoke” or “to join.” In yoga, the goal is to yoke the body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga is an effective way to improve physical and mental health. It can also be a pathway to self-discovery and enlightenment.
Here's why you should include a yoga flow in your morning ritual:
- Physical postures, called asanas, are one part of yoga. Asanas are designed to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. They also massage the internal organs and help to release toxins from the body.
- Breath control, called pranayama, is another important element of yoga. By controlling the breath, practitioners can still the mind and achieve a state of inner peace.
- Meditation is also central to yoga. By quieting the mind, practitioners can connect with their true selves and experience a sense of joy and wellbeing.
Ritualize your shower
A shower ritual just involves you having a shower in the morning like usual, but taking the time to be truly present under each and every drop of water. Go slow. Notice what you’re doing. Notice the smells of your shampoo and conditioner.
As you lather and clean, take a moment to be thankful for it, for the day ahead, and your life in general. The idea is to really take the time to be there for your shower, rather than rushing out to start your day.
Meditate or engage in breathwork
In the world of self-care and wellness, there are many different approaches to relaxation and stress relief. Two popular methods are meditation and breathwork. Both practices can be spiritual, reminding you to feel grateful for your beautiful human body. They can also help you feel aligned, reduce stress and promote relaxation.
It’s important to use the method that works best for you. Check out my article on breathwork vs meditation to learn more about each practice and how it fits in your life.
Whichever relaxation technique you choose, morning is a great time to schedule your practice. With just a few minutes of mindfulness, you can set your intentions for the day ahead, and calm your mind, rather than letting your stresses and anxieties run the day.
Journaling is a great tool for managing your emotions and connecting with the universe. Taking just 10-15 minutes to write down your thoughts can help to clear your mind and better prepare you for the day ahead.
There are many kinds of journaling, so it’s important to choose the method that works best for you and make sure to stick with it every morning so that it becomes a habit.
Personally, I answer these questions in each entry:
- 3 things I’m grateful for
- What would make today great?
- What one thing must I accomplish today and how would I feel if I accomplished it?
- How am I feeling?
I also add to this list using journal prompts from the printable lists below, depending on where I feel I need more reflection. For example, if I'm in a pessimistic mood, I tend to do a few gratitude prompts.
The power of positive thinking is well-documented. Studies have shown that people who think positively are more likely to experience success in their personal and professional lives, welcoming a higher vibrational energy. One way to think more positively is to use affirmations in your spiritual morning routine.
Affirmations are positive statements about yourself that can be repeated on a daily basis. By repeating these statements, people can train their brains to focus on the positive aspects of their lives. As a result, they may start to see themselves in a more positive light and feel better overall. In addition, affirmations can help people to overcome negative thinking patterns and behaviors.
I have a note in my iphone where I add powerful quotes or passages I find that feel relevant to me. Over time, I’ve built up a list of affirmations. Each morning I read some of these to reaffirm things to myself.
Some of my affirmations are very spiritual in nature, reminding myself that I'm part of something bigger. For example: I'm part of the universe, I'm connected to everything in the universe, I am loved by the universe, and I trust the universe.
If you don’t have any affirmations, a good way to get started is to do a quick Google search and pick out ones that resonate with you. There are also many apps that deliver morning affirmations, including the Goodmind app. Do what feels right for you.
When read regularly, affirmations can be a powerful tool for anyone seeking to improve their life.
Clean your space
There are many reasons to tidy up in the morning before starting your day. Here are two good ones:
- First, it can help you to feel more relaxed and organized for the day ahead. A cluttered space can be overwhelming and stressful, while a neat and tidy environment can help you to feel calm and focused.
- Second, tidying up in the morning can help you to be more productive throughout the day. For example, if you empty the dishwasher in the morning, you’ll be able to quickly put away dirty dishes throughout the day.
So, what does a morning tidy look like? Whatever you want it to. For me, it means making the bed, unloading the dishwasher, and putting away any lost items.
Listen to something inspirational
While there are many ways to get inspired, one of the most convenient is to listen to an inspirational podcast or audio book.
There are a variety of different podcasts available, each with its own unique perspective. Whether you're looking for a change in your career, a boost in your personal life, or simply some motivation to get you through your day, you're sure to find a podcast that resonates with you.
Here are some of my favorites:
- The Huberman Lab
- The Drive
- Oprah Super Soul
- 7 Good Minutes
- The Mindset Mentor
- On Purpose with Jay Shetty
- The mindbodygreen podcast
- Ten percent happier
- Selfhealers Soundboard
- Hay House Radio
- The Tony Robbins podcast
Read something spiritual
Another practice that can encourage deep learning and reflecting, is to set aside time to read sacred texts, spiritual books, or even tarot card readings. This can help provide you with spiritual truths, and lessons that can guide your day ahead.
If you're looking for spiritual book recommendations, here are a few I enjoyed:
Creating a spiritual morning routine can be a great way to start your day. There are many different ways to create such a ritual, but here are some of my favorite:
- Waking up early
- Drinking plenty of water
- Spending time in nature
- Practicing yoga
- Ritualize your shower
- Meditating or doing breathwork
- Reading affirmations
- Cleaning your space
- Listening to something inspirational
- Read something spiritual
Now that I’ve shared my spiritual morning routine with you, I want to know, what else would you add to the list?