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5 Energizing Rituals to Conquer the Day

5 Energizing Rituals to Conquer the Day

In the hustle and bustle of our lives it can be easy to feel disconnected and depleted, but what if I told you that the fix to help you feel more connected and energized through the day is incorporating a few rituals into your morning routine? I have found that carving time in the morning to tend to myself helps me set the energetic tone for the day, it boosts my mood and increases my overall productivity. Here are five morning rituals that help me start the day with clarity and intention, helping me feel more present and energized throughout the day, I hope they serve you!

Hydrate: Hydrating after a night’s sleep is crucial to help your body perform at an optimal level. So before reaching for that good ole cuppa joe, treat yourself to a big ole tall glass of water first thing in the morning. I love adding a little slice of lemon for an extra boost of Vitamin C and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to replenish electrolytes. This simple but powerful ritual is going to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day!

Breathe / Meditate: Before you reach for your phone or start to tend to your to-do list, take a few moments to pause, breathe and check in with yourself. I like to sit on the floor or on my couch, close my eyes and practice 10 rounds of Sama Vritti (Box Breathing). Implementing a short breathwork session in the morning will help you recalibrate your energy and enhance your mental clarity and focus. Check out my Pause & Breathe Breathwork Series on the YogaWorks App along with some short meditations from my colleagues to help you start your day feeling more grounded.

Journal: Carving a few minutes to put pen to paper can give you the mental clarity you need to move through your day with purpose and intention. I am a big fan of journaling, I simply start by writing down my intention for the day/how I want to feel that day. I follow this with prioritizing my to-do list so I stay focused on what I need to accomplish that day. I wrap up my journaling session by listing three things I am grateful for. This simple ritual will infuse your day with more clarity and intention, reminding you to stay aligned with how you want to feel, what you want to accomplish and what you are grateful for that day. If you are looking for a recommendation, check out grounded practice, a personal-growth and manifestation journal I published.

Stretch/ Move Your Body: Start your day by getting your body moving. Movement is known to release endorphins, the feel good hormones that can uplift your mood. Physical activity increases blood flow which will automatically make you feel energized and ready to go. I love doing a short yoga and mobility flow that resets my entire body with poses like cow & cat, forward folds and twists. Your movement session doesn’t have to be long and intense to be effective, a 20-minute yoga flow, a 15-minute BodyWorks class or even a 10-minute walk can do the trick. Find something you enjoy and have fun with it! Check out all the amazing classes we have waiting for you at YogaWorks.

Nourish/Fuel Your Body: In order to perform at an optional level and feel energized through the day you have to nourish your body. Think of food like fuel for your car (or charging your EV). Just like your car needs fuel/energy to run, so do you. Aim to eat food that will sustain your energy without crashing by making a meal that includes a mix of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. This could be a bowl of oatmeal topped off with fruits and nuts, a protein smoothie, a breakfast bowl, or an avocado-eggs toast. Consider eating slowly and savor the moment to invite more presence into your day.

It might feel a little daunting to incorporate all these new rituals into your daily morning routine. I recommend you start by adding one or two rituals and gradually building upon them. It’s not all or nothing, find what works best for you and what fits your lifestyle. I am so excited for you and the boost of energy, the clarity and focus you are going to experience as you put these rituals to practice. Here’s to you taking time for yourself to fill up your cup!



3 responses to “5 Energizing Rituals to Conquer the Day”

  1. Mike B. says:

    Dear Gustavo,

    Thank you for sharing these invaluable morning rituals! Your insights into incorporating simple yet powerful practices into our daily routines resonate deeply with me. The hustle and bustle of life can indeed make us feel disconnected, and your suggestions provide a practical and uplifting way to counteract that.

    The emphasis on starting the day with hydration is a fantastic reminder. It’s easy to underestimate the impact of a tall glass of water infused with lemon and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt. Your suggestion not only serves as a refreshing wake-up call for the body but also as a boost of essential nutrients.

    Taking a moment to breathe and meditate before diving into the day is a practice many of us overlook. Your recommendation of Sama Vritti, combined with the availability of breathwork sessions and meditations on the YogaWorks App, is a wonderful resource to kickstart this habit.

    The journaling ritual is something I’m excited to incorporate. Setting intentions, prioritizing tasks, and expressing gratitude aligns perfectly with the idea of starting the day with clarity and purpose.

    The encouragement to move our bodies is something we all need, especially in a world that often keeps us sedentary. Your suggestion of a short yoga and mobility flow or a brisk walk is a manageable and enjoyable way to infuse energy into the morning routine.

    Lastly, the reminder to nourish and fuel our bodies is crucial. Your analogy of food as fuel resonates deeply, and the meal suggestions you provided offer a delightful variety to suit different preferences.

    Your advice to start with one or two rituals and gradually build upon them is practical and encouraging. It’s a reminder that self-care is a journey, and finding what works best for each individual is key.

    Thank you for the inspiration and the practical tips to “fill up our cup.” Here’s to embracing these rituals and experiencing the boost of energy, clarity, and focus that comes with them!

  2. GG says:

    Great article! Thoroughly enjoyed reading and I appreciate the provided structure and tips.
    Thank you!

  3. Mansi K. says:

    Great post! The five rituals you shared are practical and truly energizing. I’ll definitely be incorporating these into my daily routine. Thanks for the inspiration!

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