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Rise & Shine: Embrace Mindful Mornings for a Brighter Day

One of the questions I get asked the most is, "What do you do for self-care?" I always respond by talking about my "miracle morning" routine. Waking early enough to have peaceful time all to myself is the best thing I have learned to do for my well-being. Morning person or not, I promise if you wanted to badly enough, you can take 1-5 minutes, or longer, for mindfulness in your morning before serving others. Taking this time for myself improves my mood, starts me out more slowly and intentionally, and brings me so much peace.


You can start with something as simple as three slow, deep breaths as soon as you turn off the alarm. With each breath, express gratitude for something or someone in your life. Once you have the hang of that, set a timer to breathe slowly and deeply for a whole minute while mentally expressing gratitude. Then maybe you can turn it into a gratitude journal if you want. When you're ready to add something new, begin setting an intention for the attitude you want to bring along with you for the day. Then you could begin to take a few minutes to think through the parts of your day and set intentions for each one. Once you feel good about that, you can add in the ONE most important thing to do for the day. I could keep going, but I think you get the idea.


Hal Elrod is the person I learned about Miracle Mornings from. His book is what started my transformation into a higher level of well-being years ago. He shares the SAVERS model which stands for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Read, and Scribe. His research shows these are the 6 most effective habits for a morning routine that successful people engage in. Over the course of my journey, I have paired down my practice to include Mindfulness, Journaling, Movement with Affirmations, & Reading. I try to spend at least 10 minutes on each piece. This routine ensures that I feed my soul, heart, brain, and body each morning before I go out and serve anyone else. I can't really describe what this has done for my overall well-being. Outside of telling you I am more calm, more intentional, and more present in the rest of my day, you just have to experience it for yourself. What is one thing you can do to begin each day serving yourself first?


If you have questions or want help developing your own miracle morning, start with this video https://youtu.be/M4Tc-hEheKg?si=aDuR0_aYhMeML2r0. You could also drop a message in my inbox or purchase my book and dive into your own journey!


Peace & Light,

Candace

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