Building a Morning Routine
As with any habit, you’ll find best success building a morning routine by starting small. Tomorrow, try waking up 5 minutes earlier than you usually do and practicing a quick meditation before you even get out of bed. As that becomes routine, you can add from there. Consider this time your sacred space; a little bit of quiet for yourself before the day begins. You may be surprised by how much it fills your cup before you have to begin chipping away at your energy throughout the day. It would be incredible if this part of your day became so special for you that it becomes part of your “why” to remain alcohol-free. (Waking up earlier has the added bonus of making us go to bed earlier; forcing rest during a time when cravings are often their strongest.)
Note: these practices will be much richer if they are unplugged. The second we plug into our phones, we get sucked into other things; checking notifications, opening emails, seeing what Jan ate for dinner last night… none of these things add to our morning routine. If you do any of the following digitally, see if you can find analogue versions or use a device that won’t distract you with the mess of the day.
A few ideas for your morning:
Hot lemon water before coffee
Apply calming or uplifting essential oils
Read (or audiobook): personal development books, religious texts, spiritual texts, fiction
Creation: art, crafts, projects, making music
Take a warm bath
Light a candle or diffuse oils
Body care: dry brushing, lotion, etc (but not “getting ready” for the day)
Brain games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku puzzles
Make your bed
Tend to house plants
When building your morning routine, try things you might not normally try and see how they feel. Ask yourself, “does this fill my cup or drain my energy?” as a way to identify the activities right for your personal morning routine. We are seeking out the practices that build ritual, routine, and habit into your life. Just as your alcohol-free journey will morph over time, so will your morning routine.