How often do you put yourself first?
If you can’t put yourself first, first thing in the morning, then when can you?
You deserve to spend time on yourself and put your needs first for the simple fact that you exist. Believing that is the first step toward building self-worth and confidence.
One of the best ways to put yourself first is to create a Morning Routine or Ritual, where you spend time doing something just for you.
Committing to a daily morning ritual helps you build self-worth by declaring that this is your time, and you deserve to do something for yourself.
Morning routines are all the buzz on the internet and social media.
There’s good reason for this. Morning routines are made up of rituals and set the tone for your day. Having a solid and intentional morning routine is the KEY to being happy, successful and confident.
Rituals change our brain chemistry. They signal that it’s time for something to happen. Having routines and rituals for putting our kids down at night is a perfect example.
Our kids count on taking that warm bubble bath, brushing their teeth and reading a book with us. Maybe you have a favorite saying like, “Love you to the moon and back.” Or maybe you rub their back for 5 minutes. Whatever it is, these rituals trigger your kids’ brain telling them it’s time for bed.
So what do rituals have to do with confidence?
First, rituals are always there for us. We can pull them out whenever we need them. Mostly, we do them without even thinking about it.
Second, it is an important way of showing up for ourselves. It tells you that YOU can count on YOU. Keeping promises to ourselves is a huge confidence boost.
Third, the ritual of NOT doing certain things is just as critical to our state of mind as the things we are doing.
Researchers theorize that routines help focus our attention, limit distractions, help to “trigger” behaviors we’ve practiced in advance, as well as generally help us feel optimistic, energized and confident.
Having a great day starts with how you wake up. And the best way to make sure your start your day off right is by sticking to a morning routine that makes you feel empowered and in control.
That doesn’t mean you to need to wake at 4am or block off hours of your morning. All it means is getting intentional with your time and prioritizing what YOU need in order to have a successful day.
Start with one of these 5 rituals that I practice every morning. Give it 30 days and then add in another. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do them all at once.
1. Self Before Cell
At night, put your phone across the room or better yet in another room. You’ll be less tempted to look at it in the middle of the night.
Now, commit to not looking at it for the first 30 minutes of your day. That’s right. Think about it this way: would you let 100 people into your bedroom first thing in the morning? What about 1,000?
That’s essentially what you’re doing when you’re checking emails or scrolling through social media first thing every day. You’re letting everyone else, and their needs come first.
You’re also looking at everyone’s perfect vacations, cute puppy dogs, perfect friends and family and now you feel like garbage about your life.
Now your day is defined by that instead of how you are actually feeling when you wake up.
You deserve a few minutes every morning before you let the world in that’s just for you.
2. Start by making your bed every morning.
Yes, I make my bed even when I’m at a hotel. When you make your bed in the morning it will automatically make you feel productive since you just completed something. And doesn’t it look nice?! You can throw your covers over the wrinkled sheets, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
One small task can make a huge difference in making you feel more confident to start your day.
3. Morning Journal
Get present, journal and plan your day.
Ask yourself these 3 questions, it will help you set an inspired intention for the day.
- What’s one thing you want to work on today that matters to you?
- Who are you going to be today?
- What are 3 things I’m grateful for that occurred in the last few days.
They can be small (how someone smiled at you in the grocery store), big (a promotion), or anything that comes to mind. As you think of each of these things, notice how the joy feels in your body as you reflect on your gratitude.
4. Care for your body
There are a number of things you can do to help your body wake up in the morning. If our bodies aren’t on board, it’s hard to get our day started with confidence. First, drink at least 8 ounces of water. By hydrating first thing in the morning, especially upon waking up dehydrated, we can reduce hunger throughout the day and reduce the potential onset of headaches. Next, do some gentle stretching. It only needs to take 5-10 minutes. This will help increase flexibility, improve mobility, and also flush out toxins.
5. High Five Yourself
Life is hard enough, so stop being so hard on yourself. If you want the life you dream about, you HAVE to be your own greatest cheerleader.
You’ve been talking to yourself negatively for so long, and it’s gotten you nowhere. It’s impossible to grow and push yourself if your inner voice is telling you you’re not good enough.
You weren’t born doubting yourself. Life did that to you. And if your brain can learn how to criticize, it can learn how to cheer.
So, what’s the easiest way to start cheering for yourself? Give yourself a high five every time you pass a mirror.
It’s going to feel silly at first – but trust me. It’s shockingly powerful. It creates positive change at the neural pathway level of your brain. I can almost guarantee you will start to feel a difference in your mood, your attitude, and your energy.
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