Everyone knows about the power of a morning routine. I call it my “morning power-up,” but it is also known in the Ayurvedic tradition as dinacārya (daytime regimen).
If you’re human like me, chances are your morning rituals ebb and flow depending on where you’re at in life, the season you’re in, and the circumstances you face.
A solid morning plan including practice of some form is something you have to commit to, otherwise, life’s daily demands can easily take over, stripping you of the chance to live your morning by design, rather than by default.
Life also changes, and with that, so must the morning.
To give you an example of how a morning regimen can shift, last year, just before we first got our dog, Mochaccino, I had a glorious set of morning rituals. I’d wake up and do all sorts of oral care, power hydrate, meditate, write in my gratitude journal, visualize, and then hike up the mountain and back.
Enter, having a puppy in the house.
Suddenly my mornings were gobbled up with meeting his small but mighty needs.
I had to:
- Wake up an hour earlier than usual after sleeping poorly (because of periodic nightly whimpering) to take him out for potty
- Acquiesce to his adorable demands to play fetch
- Get his food ready and hand feed him as a means to train “sit & stay”
- Take him out for potty again
- Training drills on the lawn
- Rinse, lather, repeat
At first, I saw this as a complete hijack of my morning and was utterly discombobulated, on top of being so physically exhausted I was too tired to move my body anyway.
What helped me shift my attitude was reframing how I structured my mornings.
Instead of associating the first part of the day with “me time,” I embraced it as “service to dog and family time.”
My sacred morning time simply needed to start later, once Mocha was napping.
I knew this was a temporary, but necessary feature of raising a happy, well-mannered dog. And it paid off!
The point of this story is that each of us has a different set of circumstances that will determine what kind of morning rituals will work.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all morning routine. And, you can always change your plan to adapt to your needs and inspirations! The most important thing is that you do the rituals that work the best for you, not someone else’s.
To that end, I asked a few wellness change-makers to share their current power-up rituals. (And I’ll include my own.)
I hope reading them helps inspire you to design your perfect morning!