How you start your day is an important way to improve how you feel throughout your day. Positive rituals you create as part of your waking up process can help you to feel like this is YOUR day, and that you’re going to enjoy it.
In our house, Lorenzo and I are very much in love with our tea. One of our favorite cups of tea is yerba mate, with Organic Valley chocolate soy milk, and honey. Here is the wikipedia page on yerba mate. Basically it is a traditional tea native to South America which has caffeine and other natural stimulants. This brand we use Guayaki can be bought online or at Whole Foods and similar stores, and in bag form only at Trader Joes. Organic Valley chocolate soy milk tastes so good you could even have a cup of it as an “I’m behaving” dessert. :-) Yerba mate has a pleasing smell, and with the honey and soy milk, it is very tasty. I like to eat a high-protein breakfast, and then have a cup of yerba mate and sit and meditate. I sit by our front windows where I have a nice view.
Many of my clients work outside their home, and their morning wake up consists of dressing in clothes that they don’t enjoy, skipping breakfast, and rushing out the door. Their mind and energy is already focused in the future on their work and the hardest tasks of their day. I understand this completely, but even in the busiest of days there is another way. Most people could build two minutes into that time where you take a break, take some deep breaths, a few sips of tea, or just sit or stretch, and reflect on the big picture of your life, or something that you love. Set the tone for your day, rather than letting your tasks and duties set the tone. Serenity and peace of mind do not come to your life accidentally. You have to plant it in your heart, one little morning break at a time. Here’s to your peace of mind, and positive morning rituals that are uniquely yours.