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5 Easy Morning Rituals That Will Reduce Stress and Overwhelm

In a world of 40-hour work weeks and traffic jams, mornings can be pretty hectic.  We may find ourselves rushing every morning to get to work or get kids to school.  We may even find ourselves doing our makeup in the car during rush hour because we’re just that rushed.

When we start our days with such a hectic and rushed routine, we’re making ourselves start our days stressed out and overwhelmed.  And, frankly, who really wants that?  So here are 5 easy morning rituals that will reduce stress and overwhelm:

#1 – Wake up at least 30-minutes earlier than you usually do

If you normally wake up about an hour before you need to be out the door, then maybe add on an extra half and hour.  If you normally wake up less than that, then you may want to try to add on more than a half hour.

Our weekdays can be pretty stressful as it is, so we certainly don’t want to make it more stressful for ourselves by rushing every single morning.  So try to give yourself some extra time in the morning so that you have more time to get ready and do more things for you and your own health and well-being.

And if you’re concerned about getting enough sleep, then be sure give yourself more time to at night to wind down and go to bed… it is possible!

#2 – Swap the coffee for a green smoothie

Many of us depend on coffee for our morning energy fix.  Though there can be a nice ritual around the process of brewing coffee, such as the smell of coffee beans or the flavor, coffee alone doesn’t give us the vitamins and minerals that our body really needs (and no, a morning bagel or donut doesn’t make it much better).  Eating leafy greens, fruits and veggies first thing in the morning is a much healthier option.

So grab your blender and make yourself a green smoothie.  If you’re in need of recipes, I’m currently obsessed with Kris Carr’s new book Crazy Sexy Juice for all my smoothie and juice recipes.  If you don’t want to get the book just yet, she also has a few recipes on her website.

#3 – Take a moment to really breathe some fresh air

There’s something magical about the crisp morning air that, once you stop and take a moment to appreciate it, can be extremely calming and grounding.  So before you rush out the door, take some time to open a window or step outside on to your porch and deck.  Take a few conscious breaths and allow yourself to take in and enjoy the beauty of the morning.

#4 – Write!

Our dream life is a world within us that we tend to neglect.  While we may remember a dream that was very charged for us for days later, most of the time we completely forget them.  This is unfortunate because our dreams are a bridge to our unconscious world.  When we take time to acknowledge our dreams, we allow ourselves to become more consciously aware of our thoughts, feelings and experiences that may have either repressed, forgotten about, or was never really aware of.

So upon waking, take a couple minutes to write down something that came up in your dreams.  It may be a lot of material or it may be only an image or two.  Even if you can’t write down anything about a dream, take a few minutes to free write about any thoughts that you have lingering in your mind upon waking.

Taking this time to write first thing in the morning, helps us to process our inner world.  By putting those thoughts, feelings and images out on to the paper we are making the internal experience less charged for ourselves.  Making this kind of activity a morning ritual, can be beneficial in reducing things like anxiety, depression, stress and so on in our waking lives over time.

#5 – Move your body

While those of us that are early-birds may morning jog to start our day, it doesn’t always work for everybody.  However, it is still highly beneficial to do some kind of movement first thing in the morning.

So take a few minutes to stretch and walk around.  If you’re a yogi, maybe you can do a few sun salutations.   If not, maybe you’d want to walk around your house or apartment before going to work.  Do whatever you feel called to do, but be sure to give yourself time move.

When it comes to your morning routine remember this: How we start our mornings sets the foundation for the rest of our day.  So if we start our mornings stressed and rushed, then we’re likely going to be stressed the rest of the day.  Remember to slow down, take a few breaths, and do things for you so that you can feel happier and healthier.


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Take action now!

Out of the rituals listed, which are you going to start doing for yourself this week?  Share it in the comments below!

5 Ways to Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Dream

We all have a dream. To do the very thing that we love to do that makes us feel fulfilled, vibrant, and more alive. The very thing that excites us every day and leaves us in a state of wonder over all of our opportunities for creation.

But how many of us actually make those dreams a reality? The trouble is that for many of us, we have these dreams but we stop before we even really begin. We have limiting beliefs that sneak in and tell us things like “I don’t have the time or money to start this” or “I’ll never be able to make a living doing that”.

Whenever these thoughts come up it feels like being a dog on a leash – you want to run and you have all the energy and inspiration to, but you have this collar around your neck with a leash attached to it holding you back.

So what can we do to stop self-sabotaging ourselves so that we CAN create the life of our dreams?

Keep focused on the dream.

Every time we make progress and a thought like “I can’t do this because…” comes up, we must to stop, breath, and focus on the goal. We must focus completely on the outcome that we want to create. The more energy that we put into focusing on that dream then the more fuel we give that dream over our mind’s pessimism.

Stay persistent.

Envision the dreams in our mind’s eyes and then create a plan. We need to ask ourselves: What can we do every day to take us one step closer to making our dream a reality? Everyone fails and struggles in the process of making their dream come true. Even Walt Disney had plenty of rejections, but he succeeded through his persistence.

Trust that our inner guide has all the answers we need.

During those moments when we have really been struggling to draft a plan on how to achieve our goal, stop and be still. The answers to all of our questions on our journey are already buried deep down within us. And, chances are, the answers may have already popped up in our minds as a thought or idea but we just haven’t fully acknowledged and accepted it. Pay close attention to those random thoughts and ideas as they come up.

Relax and be passive when we feel the need to.

Our modern day society has taught us that productivity is not occurring unless we are actively working. Guess what? This is not true! Our moments of relaxation, reflection and looking within are just as equally important as being active. We must learn to pay close attention to our own needs and desires at each given moment and trust that acting on them is exactly what we need to move closer to our dream.

Be patient and have faith that all will be okay.

Though we can set up a plan to make our dreams a reality, we can never really know the results so we must allow ourselves to trust and have faith. The results will come when they are truly meant to come, so we have to have patience and be easy on ourselves. The ego-driven habit is to worry and become restless. Breath. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the process of getting there. After all, it is the journey through the obstacles that create greater depth and meaning than the outcome itself.



Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Dream TODAY!

What are some things that you’ve always wanted to do in life but you’ve never let yourself do it? What excuses have you been telling yourself? What can you do today to bring you a step closer to making that dream a reality?