6 essential tips on how to create a meditation morning routine

by Mar 11, 2019Healthy living, Simple living

Mornings tend to be quite stressful for a lot of people.

After hitting the snooze button of the alarm clock a dozen times to get in as much “sleep” as possible, people wake up tired. And then with little time left, they rush on autopilot to get to work in time.

With a start like that, the rest of the day they feel stressed and unfocused. On top of that they feel like they are dragging to get through the day.

If that sounds familiar to you, it might be time for a morning revamp. As the morning usually sets the tone for the rest of the day, it’s important to do something that makes you start the day with a positive and calm mindset. A great way to do this, would be to start a morning meditation routine. Such a routine will help you make your mornings less stressful, and more purposeful.

Read along for 6 great tips on how to get your morning meditation routine started. So that you can start each day with more clarity, positivity, and peace of mind!

1. Set realistic expectations

First of all, it is very important to set realistic expectations for yourself. In the beginning, we tend to be very enthusiastic to get started with meditation. But when we expect too much, too quick, that enthusiasm will make place for frustration and demotivation. When learning meditation, it is key to understand that it is a slow process for which patience is needed. It is essential to take the time to create a meditation practice that fits both your lifestyle and your personality. It’s not a one size fits all kind of thing.  If you don’t understand these things when starting out with meditation, big chances are that you’ll give up on it quite quickly out of disappointment.

To set realistic expectations, it’s key to not romanticize things and to accept that it won’t be an easy process. It’s completely normal that focusing and sitting still will feel very difficult. Or that your mind and thoughts will be all over the place when you don’t want it to. This is all part of the process and doesn’t mean that anything is going wrong. With practice, it will surely improve over time.

Don’t expect yourself to be perfect and that you won’t go through all this, because everybody has to go through this initial process. And there is nothing wrong with that. It’s all part of this beautiful journey. It’s all part of growing. Just like a flower, picture yourself as starting out as a seed, and slowly growing into a beautiful full grown flower. Step by step.

For this reason, it’s best to start out with just 1 or 2 minutes every day. If you start small, you won’t get frustrated and demotivated as much. It’s also easier and more realistic to establish a daily habit when starting out small.

2. Make sure to create the right environment for your meditation

It’s very important to create the right environment for your meditation practice. The reason for this, is that a certain vibrancy and sacredness will be created over time at the place where you meditate. If done right, there will be an energy surrounding this space that could potentially attract you to sit down there to meditate.

It is therefore very important to choose a spot that is as peaceful as possible. A bad example would be near the bathroom, where bad smells are produced. Near the kitchen is also not a good idea, because the smells of food will distract you from your meditation practice. It all depends of course how much space you have available. But a peaceful spot in for instance the bedroom (not in your bed!), or a quiet spot in the living room would work well. Choosing the right environment and space will help to inspire your meditation practice.

3. Plan your meditation very soon after waking up

The best and easiest moment to practice meditation for most people, is in the morning. The reason for this is that we usually still have a clear and calm mind. There are no distractions yet and there is no outside stimulation yet. In the course of the day, things will start happening such as unexpected events. Or there are people that want all kinds of things from you. But in the early morning it’s just you and your peaceful self. It will therefore be a lot less likely to wander and be distracted than at a later time in the day.

4. Do your meditation before eating anything

It’s also a good idea, to not eat anything yet before you sit down for your meditation practice. If you really don’t like this idea, because it would make you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, it’s of course okay to eat something very light such as a banana or an apple. But anything heavier on the stomach is just not a great idea. That will only make you feel lethargic and will bring your energy down as well. On top of that, it’s much harder to sit upright and to take deep slow breaths when your stomach is full.

5. Get your body moving before sitting down to meditate

The best way to go about things, is to first get your body moving a little bit before actually sitting down to meditate. If you already practice yoga, this would be a great moment to do it. Originally, the physical practice of yoga is actually meant to prepare the body and mind to sit down for meditation. Nowadays, this concept is mostly forgotten, but it really does work. I encourage you to try it out and compare the differences for yourself. For instance, tomorrow practice yoga first and then sit down to meditate. And the day after, just go for the meditation straight away and see if you notice any differences.

If you don’t practice yoga yet, it’s of course never too late to learn if you are interested! But if it’s just not your thing, then that’s also no problem at all. Instead of doing yoga before your meditation, just get your body moving a bit by doing a nice stretching routine. If you have the time, you can also go for a nice little walk. Anything that will raise your energy before you sit down to meditate.

6. Extra tips on how to make meditation a daily habit

It’s not always easy to create a new daily habit. So in order to create a daily meditation morning routine, these extra tips might come in handy.

First, choose a time when you can practice daily. As I already mentioned in tip number 3, it is best to do it very soon after waking up. It’s called a morning meditation routine after all! 😊 But if it’s the same time every morning, that would even be better. It will help you to remember your new habit, as that time is then specifically designated for your meditation practice.

Of course there is still a possibility that you will forget about it. In that case it might come in handy to have a cue that is associated with your new routine to remind you. This could for instance be right after you brush your teeth, or right before your breakfast. Or right after your little yoga- or stretching sequence (see tip number 5 again). Any cue that will help you remember is fine. See what works best for you to remember!

There is also the possibility of keeping visual reminders around your house. An example is to write notes to yourself and hang them up where you will definitely see them. Such as a door that you always pass, or the fridge.

Lastly, I would like to repeat again to please make sure to start small. Start with just 1 or 2 minutes per day and be consistent with practicing. Starting out with only 1 or 2 minutes will help you to establish your new daily habit.

Wrapping up

I hope that you will find these tips useful in trying to create your own morning meditation routine! Remember that it is a journey, and that daily habits are not created overnight. Consistency and patience are key here. Over time you will gain more and more experience, so that you can reap the wonderful benefits of daily meditation. Just keep in mind that it takes time and effort, but that it is very much worth it.

What are your biggest challenges that you face when trying to create your meditation morning routine? Or any daily habit for that matter? Please do let me know in the comments below!

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My name is Lenore and it is my mission to present women with tips and tricks on how to create a healthier lifestyle, but also on how to live more sustainably where less is more. So if you're looking for just that, you're in the right place!