written by Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp
Over the years, I have learned to model the habits of some of the world’s most successful people, and one of those habits has been to have an effective morning routine. Your morning routine sets the tone for your entire day. Whether you want to be productive, in a good mood, or just feel relaxed throughout the afternoon; how you begin your day is crucial to your mindset. I’ve decided to call my morning ritual my “Personal Prime Time”, and I believe you can benefit from it too.
Personal Prime Time refers to tending our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self-development needs before undertaking the tasks we’ve planned for the day. The idea is to develop daily rituals that promote our well-being. In this day and age, we are constantly bombarded with information and expectations. We are expected to do more, be more and have more at a faster pace. With technology at our fingertips, distractions are everywhere. With so much to accomplish in a day, most of us even have a sense of guilt when taking time for ourselves. Yet we need to realize that in order for us to continue growing at such a fast pace, we need to prioritize ourselves. We cannot pour from an empty cup. Once we prioritize our needs and have them taken care of, we can effectively tend to others’ needs.
It’s important to set a time for these rituals and integrate them into our daily routines. This might mean going to bed earlier or waking up earlier. It takes a conscious effort to put ourselves first. With time, established rituals can develop into habits. You will no longer have to think much about them, your body and mind will know what it needs to function optimally.
So, what can you put into your Personal Prime Time?
Movement can be a key component of your morning routine. The increase of circulation and release of endorphins (feel-good hormones that are increased following exercise) can help you feel positive and energized throughout the day. This can include a brisk walk or jog, stretching or yoga, or any activity that gets your heart-rate up.
Your brain is primed to learn, plan, and execute first thing in the morning. This is because our prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain responsible for planning, judgement, and impulse control) is most active right when we wake up. This supports the importance of spending time nurturing our mental development before taking on the obligations of the day. You can stimulate your mind by reading, writing, or expressing yourself creatively.
We wake up with a clear, undisturbed mind, connected from within. Incorporating meditation, positive self-talk, affirmations, and even journaling are great ways to become mindful of the present and nurture our emotional needs.
Starting tomorrow, what rituals will you add to your morning routine?
ABOUT DR. NATHALIE
Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp, B.Sc., D.C., IFMCP is an Ottawa Natural Health Practitioner, a wellness consultant, international lecturer and radio & TV personality. She is the author of the new book—Hack Your Health Habits: Simple, Action Driven, Natural Solutions for People On The Go! and the creator of the online coaching program Hack Your Health Habits Academy. Dr. Nathalie’s mission is to educate, lead, and empower people to live their best lives!