My Self Love Morning Routine
You're the most important person in your life. Once I realized this, I started planning my days (and life) according to what made me feel and operate at my best. We spend so much of our 24 hours working with and for other people, being around other people, and consuming news and content from other people. The time frame after you wake up is the first (and for some, the only) time in the day you have for yourself. So make the most of it! Your morning shouldn't feel rushed or stressful but instead relaxed, refreshing, and full of self love.
It took a little while to get down a morning routine that worked for me and my schedule. I tried copying others I read online, and I didn't stick with it. But after some tweaking, I'm finally in love with how I begin my morning. It sets the tone for the rest of my day and gives me time and space to be all about Victoria, even if it's just for an hour.
I wake up and thank the good Lord I'm alive.
The first thing I do after turning off my alarm is to say the Lord's prayer. My mom instilled the Lord's prayer in me at a very young age, and unfortunately, I got away from saying it. Now I make sure it's the first thing I say when I open my eyes.
Next I meditate.
I love meditating! It calms me when I'm feeling anxious, allows me to connect deeper to God and my higher self, and helps me manifest all of my desires. I typically listen to 15-20 minute guided meditations centered around abundance and/or inner peace. If I'm feeling really low or there's a pressing issue I'm dealing with, I'll do a deeper, longer meditation specific to that problem (i.e. a guided meditation on self-love if I'm feeling heartbroken.)
Then I pray...again.
After I come out of my meditation, I do my "real" prayer and talk to God candidly about whatever I need to. I pray over my family and loved ones, and I thank God in advance for all of my blessings — past, present, and future.
I write in my journal.
First, I write my gratitude list. I jot down everything I'm grateful for at that moment. Even if it's as small as being grateful I have a donut for breakfast. Many times I have a laundry list of things I'm grateful for and I get them all out on paper. I think gratitude is the real key to success.
Then I write down my intention for the day. It could be short and sweet, such as "Today is going to be an amazing day." Or it could take up the whole page. When you intentionally decide what you want out of the day, you're more likely to attract it.
I'll also write down random things if they come, including interesting dreams and important thoughts.
After that, I affirm myself.
I have a list of affirmations I read daily. I wrote them all myself, but you can use any that you like. Sometimes I'll even freestyle them and speak whatever's on my mind. It's important when you have spiritual momentum to keep it going. That's when the things you say really sink into your subconscious mind because it's free flowing.
Some of mine range from "I am smart and confident" to "I have a successful, million dollar business." They're a bit more detailed than that, but you get the gist.
Lastly, I get ready with something motivating.
At this point, I'm ready to get up and get moving — whether I'm heading to the gym or I'm skipping the gym (lol) to get straight to work. I play an inspiring and motivating podcast or YouTube video to continue my good morning energy. Some of my favorites to listen to in the morning are Cara Alwil Leyba's Style Your Mind podcast, sermon snippets from T.D. Jakes on YouTube, and talks from Abraham Hicks. If I really need a kick in the ass, I'll listen to Eric Thomas because he's good for getting you all the way together.
The rest of my morning is followed by getting showered and dressed, going to the gym if it's on my schedule, drinking a green smoothie, doing my morning skincare, making breakfast, etc. until it's time to open my laptop and get to work. I start the day feeling refreshed, motivated, and optimistic, all because I make my self-love morning sessions a #1 priority.
What does your morning routine look like? How can you make it even better?