Self-Care Challenge (Day 298): Establishing a Morning Ritual

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On day 298 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I established a morning ritual.

I’ve always been a morning person – like, a 4 a.m. kind of morning person.

In fact, I usually wake up before my alarm goes off, anxious to get started on the ideas my brain churned up overnight.

I’m fairly certain my early bird tendencies started early in life. “You’re burning daylight!” my father would shout from the hallway just outside my room.

As a child, I spent most of my summers playing and tending to chores on our family’s small farm, where getting an early start was critical if you wanted to avoid the oppressive midday sun.

But the other great thing about starting early is that it’s quiet. I can think, read, plan, research, and write before the rest of the house even has one eye open.

Since putting the finishing touches on my manifestation space a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been working on the next phase: establishing a morning ritual to stay focused on my goals.

My morning practice, which is now a core component of my overall self-care practice, is an uplifting series of inspirational tasks like: reviewing my 90-day goals, journaling, reading passages from books, and setting my agenda for the day. I’ve been experimenting with the flow of this ritual for the past couple of weeks, and I can say confidently now that it has become a routine. It’s something I look forward to every day.

I’ve already noticed a dramatic difference in how I feel, too. I’m more focused, I feel clearer about my priorities, and I’m more driven than ever to accomplish my goals.

My morning ritual has also help me stay organized. Sitting down at my uncluttered desk each morning has been such a pleasant way to start the day. In fact, to make sure I’m able to experience this feeling every day, I’ve been making sure my desk is clear before I go to bed at night.

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