Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Who Else Wants Effortless Energy and Productivity? Try Quiet Morning Rituals

As I continue my training as an aromatherapist and herbalist I take on a lot of practice clients. I tend to use friends, family, and happy volunteers and write-up healing plans. Nearly everyone is too busy, stressed, and tired. They need help with energy and sleep. I found myself recommending something simple that I used to do and need to get back to again; an hour of quiet time before work.  A calming morning ritual can help you be more productive and happy throughout the day.


My friends who see my operate on island-time way too much these days would find it hard to believe that I was given a key to the office when I was a copywriter because I was always the first one there. I'd wake up and leave crazy early to avoid traffic and arrive at my desk when the office was still near-empty (or dead empty), dark, and quiet. I'd turn on my lamp, enjoy my tea, and slowly check e-mail, follow-up on my favorite blogs/websites, write (not clocked in) and revel in the alone-time before the boss arrived and the office was bright and chaotic with employees. When I first started working for myself, stuck in office-brain, I'd get dressed in business casual and sit at my home computer and get right to work. Now I'm in flip flops and house clothes and do the same thing- always get straight to work soon after waking. I also wake up too late because AJ works nights so I've synced my circadian rhythm with his. This has to change!  Here's what an ideal morning ritual would look like for me:

My tiny reiki and meditation practice area with gemstones, sage, candles, and essential oils.

1) Water, Banana or Superfood Smoothie, get work-out (bike or weights) in first-thing for energy (walk or bike to gym)
2) Water and Tea, write "Morning Pages" (From "The Artist's Way") and "Gratitude List", Review Goals and Planner
3) Meditate/Reiki Practice
4) Tackle To-Do List with New Energy

Of course, I can't do any of that when I'm rolling out of bed at 10:30 or 11 AM because then too much of the day's gone by and I have to jump right into work!  For an evening "ritual" I'd just like some extended reading/writing/taking notes or creating time. (With Prince records.) Right now I don't stop working until 3AM, which is, of course, something I'd advice patients against! But I'm taking steps to re-set myself and get to a point where the new routine can be a reality.

Sleep and Rest like water is one of the priorities many of us Americans don't give ourselves. We burn the candles at both ends and end up with so many health problems as a result. If you're always frantically in a rush to work bursting through the office doors 2 seconds 'til clock-in time, try arriving early, even if you have to sit down at the nearby Panera or even your car until the office doors open. Skip the traffic and take some time for yourself. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
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16 comments:

  1. I wish I live close to you so I can be one of your practice clients:D
    And I also totally believe in a quiet morning ritual to start the day. When I was working for a big corporate company, I was the earliest one in there most of the time coz I like to have a quiet start to the day to get me going:)

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    1. I'd love to take you as a practice client if you were closer :P I can't wait to have the correct insurance to see patients soon! It really does make you happier to get to the office early versus a frantic rush to work and getting in already stressed and annoyed from dealing with crazy drivers in morning traffic.

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  2. When I worked in corporate I did just as you did! I came in super early and drank a cup of tea, checked my emails in peace. That's when I realized I actually quite like working alone!
    These days I still enjoy a quiet moment in the early mornings :)

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    1. Same here, I'm still trying to fix my sleep schedule so I get more of them.

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  4. ah quite is a thing of my dreams.. when kids are involved you can only fantasize about quite.

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    1. Haha, I was going to mention that. You can't really control that!

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  5. I completely agree with a calming morning ritual. I do get right to work packaging orders first thing that came through overnight. However then follow that with spending approximately 1 hour with social networking. This is relaxing and enjoyable, yet is also part of my business marketing. Yoga comes after my morning post office trip! I do feel very fortunate being self employed since I can work in those calming rituals throughout the day.

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    1. Getting the orders done first is a priority, I can see that. I don't have my routine yet, my first routine is to get up and knock out client work and then after that I'm sucked into work. But like you, I work the rituals in whenever I can. :)

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  6. I love this. It's so simple but it really works and it's something that I really need to work on.

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    1. Same here. At this moment I spent my morning rushing out a post so now I have 15 minutes to eat and run out :\ Gotta get on this habit!

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  7. I totally agree with your perfect morning. As for me the main idea is that you have chance to feel natural life and get energy before work.

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