I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching since the beginning of 2020. 2019 was such a transformative year for me that I needed 2020 to be a continuation of that. OF COURSE a little something called COVID-19 happened so I wasn’t able to go through with that in a lot of ways I was hoping. BUT lockdown did give us one gift… and that was the gift of time. And time truly is a gift that most of us don’t spend very wisely. So speaking of time, today I want to share my short, 15 minute morning routine to a better mindset.
Although lockdown encouraged us all the slow the f down for a while, we’re all still busy people. We have lives and families and kids and jobs and pets and chores – the list is endless. Who has TIME to soul search? Who has TIME to work on their mindset every day?
What if I told you, you only need 15-30 minutes every day?
I’m someone who always likes to be on the go and ticking things off of that ever growing to-do list. Not only do I not have the time for mindset work that takes hours and hours every day, I also don’t want to and can’t be bothered. That’s not to say I’m not seriously about it – but I don’t have the attention span. I want things done quick.
And quicker doesn’t always mean worse.
After signing up for Abundance Academy earlier this year (a course to help you manifest money and abundance into your life), I developed this quick routine that I try and perform every single morning. I like doing this in the morning because it allows me to start my day with a much clearer and positive mindset. And we all need a bit of that, don’t we?
So if you’re like me and you like things done quickly but also like to see the results, then this 15 minute routine is for you. If you’re looking for:
- A more positive mindset
- A clearer vision on what you want
- An outlet to express how you’re really feeling
- An extra loving energy boost
then this routine is for YOU. I’m not a spiritual guru or a mindset master. As much as I wish I was. I have a lot to work on but I pride myself on being completely NORMAL. I’m the most normal gal you will find, who naps in the afternoon, watches too much Desperate Housewives, cries at every Disney movie and loves her dog more than life itself. For that reason, I hope you’ll trust me when I say this routine works.
Ready for your 15 minute morning routine to a better mindset?
Okay we start with a couple of minutes of meditation. 3 or 4 will do. We start with meditating because if you’re doing this in the morning, it’s a great way to clear the slate before the start of the day. Try and rid your mind of yesterday or any dreams you’ve had. Your to-do list for the day and any chores you need to complete. This is YOUR time.
Recommendation: For this, I like to add relaxing music in the background. I use the FREE app MyNoise on my iPhone, as they have some great sounds like a Tibetan Choir, ocean waves, a Spring walk and more.
Next up, it’s time to visualize. Set your timer. Again, around 3 minutes. I want you to really set your mind free now. You’ve meditated and you’re grounded. Now it’s time to fly. What do you REALLY want? What do you see in your future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What does your dream house look like? Your ideal morning routine? Dream big, my love.
So that’s 6 minutes of our morning mindset routine done already. Next, we’re going to affirm. Before you do this bit, you’ll need to establish a set of affirmations that you’re able to remember or write down and repeat. If you want some already made affirmations, grab my affirmations cards here. Or, you can do this process instead:
- Grab a notebook and write down 4-5 areas of your life you want to focus the most on. This could be: money, relationships with others, the relationship with yourself, home, career, physical health, mental health, hobbies etc.
- For each of your chosen categories, write down 3 things that you’d like to change and/or work towards within those categories. For example, under physical health, you might write, “I want to be fitter”, “I want to be X amount of pound lighter” or “I wish I was stronger”.
- Once you’ve written down ALL your statements, I want you to flip the script. I want you to re-write every statement as if it’s already happened, as if it is already so. For example, I’d re-write the statements above like this, “I am grateful for being fitter”, “I am grateful for being X amount of pounds lighter” and “I am grateful for being stronger”.
- Start each statement with “I am grateful for…” as over time this will help you re-frame your mindset into believing that what you’re saying is already true.
Repeat your chosen affirmations for 3 minutes straight. Try not to fidget or have distractions whilst doing so and really concentrate on what you’re saying. That’s 9 minutes in total. Onto the next…
Journalling! We all love a bit of journalling, don’t we? The next 3 minutes of your morning routine to a better mindset is going to be spent journalling (although you can continue for longer than 3 minutes if you’re in a flow) and this is where you can allow the gloves to come off and the emotions to flow out. Write about whatever you want here – whatever comes to you naturally and authentically. If you need some prompts, try these:
- 31 Self Discovery Journal Prompts
- Journal Prompts For the List Lovers
- The Journey of Grief: Journal Prompts
And for the final 3 minutes of your routine, you’ll be stretching. You’ve worked on your mind, now it’s time to move on to that beautiful container which holds all essence of you in one place. Don’t short change yourself here – this part is just as important. And great to do at the end of your routine to get yourself up and ready to take on whatever is next.
Additional things to add into your morning routine for a better mindset:
If you do have a little more time in the morning and would like to add a few more elements into this routine, here are some suggestions. I personally choose to add tapping into my routine because I enjoy it and have had some success from it in the past. But it’s entirely up to you!
Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) is a technique in which you repeatedly tap on specific points on the body in an attempt to balance the energy within your body. It’s similar to acupuncture and focuses on the Meridian points (energy hotspots) to restore energy and relieve negativity attached. I use Brad Yates on YouTube, who is a great place to start if you want to get into this!
If you’re into crystals then by all means, introduce them into your morning routine! You can hold them whilst you meditate or sit with them near you whilst you perform your morning routine. Swapping and changing each day, depending on how you’re feeling or what you need from your crystals.
And finally, Yoga. I wasn’t NOT going to mention Yoga in this post, was I? When I complete my morning routine, I tend to go straight into exercise (I follow Holly Dolke’s HIIT workouts) and Yoga thereafter. But it might be nice to incorporate some Yoga directly into this routine, if you have the time to do so. Check out these posts if you need some recommendations on where to start:
- 10 Yoga With Adriene Practices I’d Recommend
- Yoga With Adriene Practices For Every Mood
- Yoga Poses For Lower Back Pain Relief