We all want our morning routines & morning rituals to work well for us, and help get us either out the door, or onto whatever needs doing when it needs doing.
If you struggle with mornings or just want to create a cozy morning routine with morning rituals that help you create all three of those cozy qualities - comfort, warmth and relaxation, with a dollop of self-care thrown in for good measure - look no further. Here are 11 ways to create your own personalized cozy morning routine...
11 Ideas for Your Cozy Morning Routine
(1) Create a sense of sanctuary by designing a cozy morning space...
It can be a room, or just a cozy corner, but add whatever will make it feel super cozy to you. For me, it might be a candle, my Kindle inside its handmade cover, and a throw I can use during chilly AC moments while sitting in my favorite chair, or on my fave corner of the couch.
What would it be for you?
(2) Create a personalized playlist of cozy morning music...
Make a playlist that relaxes you, moves you, connects you more deeply with yourself and/or makes you happy. Make it portable, so that you can take it with you through each step in your cozy morning routine.
But also, change it up from time to time, so that new songs grab your attention, to keep it from becoming like elevator or waiting room music, that you're not even really hearing anymore.
(3) Add coziness to your morning quiet time...
If you're a woman of faith who has a daily morning quiet time, find ways to make it more cozy. Light a tealight candle, or make yourself a cup of tea before you begin.
Think of ways to add warmth or help yourself relax even deeper, because that will enhance those moments in God's company, and probably make it easier to perceive & connect with his presence.
(4) Make time in your cozy morning routine for reading...
Give yourself time to lose yourself in a good book while you're drinking your cup of tea or morning coffee. Or maybe you can read when you first wake up, giving yourself a cozy way to get over the shock of realizing it's actually morning once again. :)
(5) Inhale cozy morning aromatherapy scents...
If you need help with waking up, becoming alert and getting ready, stay tuned. An aromatherapy series is coming.
But here, I mean scents that warm you and wrap you up in coziness. Here's a doTERRA diffuser recipe you can try...
3 drops of cinnamon
3 drops of clove
3 drops of ginger
Check out the link for more DIY recipes, or stay tuned here, for more cozy essential oil recipes on the way, here at Meet Jeanine.
(6) Do something hygge that indulges you with warmth & coziness...
Take the time to make a pitcher of sweet tea so you can have a glass with breakfast. or, have it while sitting in your cozy morning room.
Use a shower gel in your favorite cozy scent. Wear your favorite comfy outfit, knowing that its comfort will be a gift you give yourself all day.
(7) Spend a few minutes in nature...
Go for a brief walk, if possible, taking in whatever is around you, and feeling the sun kiss your skin. Or, if it is either too hot or too cold, have a seat in your cozy chair and watch the trees blow in the breeze through the window.
Give yourself five minutes to do nothing but listening to the rain fall, attuning yourself to the sound. Or watching the birds fly from one tree to the next.
(8) Use morning affirmations that feel good to say or write...
I recommend root chakra affirmations because they are the ones that are most connected to cozy concepts like comfort and home and belonging.
Here are ten root chakra affirmations you can use as part of your cozy morning routine...
I am safe.
I am grounded.
I am centered.
I am at peace.
I am deeply rooted.
I love my life.
I trust life.
I trust God.
I am home.
(9) Have a cozy morning meditation moment...
Visualize what you hope the day will bring. Or, just focus on your breathing, and on letting go of any tension or stress.
Here's a guided meditations you may want to try, below...
And here are links to a couple more that you ca try when you get a chance...
Log Cabin in the Woods
(10) Take care of yourself in a way that feels loving...
This one has to be personalized, as they all do, but it could be different for each person who does it. The idea is to try to be loving toward yourself as part of your cozy morning routine.
For example, smoothing lotion on your hands, or adding an extra touch with your hair or makeup because of the way you know it will make you feel. Playing the song you can't hear without dancing, because it always cheers you up.
And looking for the self care moment you need on any given day, making time for it as an act of caring.
(11) Find your coziness superpower & use daily as part of your cozy morning routine...
What combinations of cozy memories & experiences can inspire intensely satisfying cozy moments in your daily life? Use them as often as you can to make cozy mornings even more special.
For an exercise + journal prompts to help you unearth your particular cozy morning superpower, fill in the form above. You'll also get a free printable checklist with each of these ideas.
Have I just blessed you with the ideas you need to create your own cozy morning routine? I hope so!
See you next time!
Before reading this post, take a deep breath, drop your shoulders and let yourself relax. Which of these two questions is easiest to answer in this moment? ...
(1) Who are you today?
(2) What do you still need to do today?
I'm guessing it's the latter, because the answer to that question is easier to measure, easier to focus on and seemingly more important in the day-to-day moments of our lives. Slow living will give you time to pay closer attention to the grander question, which I believe is the more important of the two.
Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobblestones. Looking for fun and feeling groovy.
What is Slow Living?
Before we continue our conversation about how slow living can interrupt our hurried and harried focus on what must be done so that we can broaden our view & clarify our vision, let's get clear on what slow living is. I think Simon and Garfunkel were onto something there, though they wouldn't have thought they were defining a movement.
Slow living is about getting more out of life by slowing down your pace a bit (how much is up to you), so that you don't miss anything. It's about making sure the life you want doesn't pass you by while you're busy doing something else.
It's not about being less active, but it is about focusing less on doing and focusing more on being. To learn more, download my free slow living eBook.
How Slow Living Disrupts To-Do List Tyranny & Brings You Back to Yourself
5 ways that slow living can bring you back to yourself...
(1) By helping you slow down long enough to be anchored and centered in the present moment.
(2) By empowering you to act and choose based on what matters most to you, rather than what is calling your name the loudest.
(3) By making it possible for you to connect with all of who you are, not just the part of you who can do, perform and accomplish.
(4) By giving you moments where you can pause, relax and reflect. Take stock and see what floats to the surface of your awareness.
(5) By helping you gain perspective, so that it's easier to see and to remember that life is about being and connecting, too. It's so easy to lose sight of that wisdom.
Which of these 5 benefits resonates most with you?
See you next time!
I have found that the best time for me to have my daily, morning quiet time is right after I get up. If I try to wait until I've gotten a few things done, I forget about it and then, don't want to stop the momentum to do it.
But I am not a morning person, so that period of time right after I get up is the one Dolly Parton sang about, where I "yawn and stretch and try to come to life." Sometimes I am just not in the mood to be social, big-time introvert that I am.
So I struggle sometimes to know where and how to begin in those first few moments. And I'm finding that the devotional I want to talk to you about today, really helps me start that holy conversation and connection during those beginning "is it really morning?" moments.
Watch the video to learn a little about it...
Everyday Holy: Finding a Big God