Let’s face it – mornings are hard for all of us. Being an effective early riser is very important for a productive day. Your morning should be about putting yourself in a positive mindset and getting important things done. Also, waking up early to just sit on your couch to watch television isn’t worth it either. Your mornings can be the best time of your day if you do it right on your own terms.
To start your day right, you’ve got to get into some really good healthy habits.
Here are 5-morning rituals that may seem hard to get into at first, but will ultimately reap major rewards if you stick to doing them regularly.
Wake up Early So You Can Wake Up Slowly
One of the best life changes I ever made was waking up earlier so that I can wake up slowly. I started this habit after I had my baby 11 months ago. Having the time to do some stretches, lie around, meditate, take a shower, or make a good breakfast allows me to start my day off right. It also allows for other good morning rituals—keep on reading for those!
Put Your Phone on Do Not Disturb For The Duration of Your Sleep
If you sleep with your phone on your bed or next to it while it charges for the next day, I highly recommend placing it on Do Not Disturb for 2 big reasons. Number one – you limit the number of disturbances that can cause instant stress such as texts, notifications, and emails. Number two – you limit the amount of blue light that actually can directly affect your sleep. Blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, which is important for a good night’s rest.
Do Not Disturb allows you to set your phone to not turn the screen on for notifications and calls. You set the time you want it to start and end. You can also set it to only allow your Favourites list to call you and if someone really wants to get a hold of you, you can set it so that repeated calls get through. If the person calls more than once, the call will come through. I don’t recommend using Airplane Mode at night for this purpose. Emergencies happen at any time, that’s why it is called an emergency!
Pray Fajr on Time Every Time
As Muslims, one of the pillars of Islam is praying the obligatory five prayers every day. The timing of the prayers is spread across the day depending on the sun. It all starts with Fajr in the morning. The lines below discuss the importance and significance of Fajr prayer under the light of different hadiths of Prophet (PBUH) and various verses of the Holy Quran.
"The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
'The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are the Isha prayer and the Fajr prayer. If only they knew what (reward) there is in them, they would come to them even if they had to crawl.'" (Sahih)
Let’s face it: it’s hard to get out of bed when you are tired! But remembering that prayer is better than sleep always plays in my head like a mantra and it quickly gets me up for prayer.
Another bonus is those who perform the Fajr prayer become energetic and having a good temperament. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The Satan ties three knots on the back of your heads when one of you goes to sleep. He blows (an incantation) on every knot, (saying): ‘You have a long night, so sleep (through it).’ so if the person wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is untied. And if he performs Wudu (ablution), another knot is untied. And if he prays, another knot is untied, and he arises (in the morning) energetic and having a good temperament. Otherwise, he arises with a bad temperament, feeling lazy.” (Al-Bukhari 3269).
By sleeping earlier and setting more than one alarm for Fajr prayer, it helps me wake up on time and puts me in the mindset to prepare to focus during prayer and to take advantage of the benefits that come with praying salah.
Make Your Bed as if You Have Guests Coming Over
I’m sure we have all heard this before. One of your morning tasks should be to make your bed every morning. The reason behind this is actually quite simple. By making your bed every morning, you will have accomplished one of the first tasks of your day next to praying Fajr. It will give you a small sense of achievement by completing a task and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed. It will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can do the little things right, you will be able to believe that you can do the big things right. And what’s better than coming home to a bed that’s made and ready for your tired and exhausted self after a long and mentally drained day? A bed that you made.
Nourish Your Body With a Healthy Breakfast Filled with Goodness
I’m pretty sure eating a healthy balanced breakfast every morning is on everyone’s list, but let us dive a little deeper into this topic. Add things on your weekly grocery list that you know you can actually prepare for any kind of morning – whether it’s a quick breakfast on the go or a relaxed easy Sunday morning. I recommend stocking up on frozen fruits to add to a powerful blender like the Ninja blender. You can whip up a quick breakfast smoothie for busy mornings and it makes for a tasty treat without the empty calories. You can add Greek yoghurt and some chia or flax seeds for extra goodness to nourish your body for the day. Also, don’t forget to add water for hydration!
By incorporating these beneficial morning rituals into your daily routine, you will start to notice your days are not that brutal. You start with a fresh mind and a good mood and get into good habit making as a result. There is no point in setting your alarm clock at super early hours if you aren’t doing anything positive. By indulging in a good routine you will begin to see this mindset spill into other aspects of your decision making throughout the day. It can also help you make better judgment calls on how to spend your time wisely.