The Magic of Morning Routines

Yahoo! I am on Day 119 of hitting the snooze button on booze. I feel simply and utterly amazing. Not that I don’t have tough and challenging days while on this journey. However, overall, I am soaking in the magic of being alcohol free and am so much better equipped to handle tough situations.  I have to say I’m kind of amazed at myself after being a steady wine drinker for decades.

I love waking up in the morning feeling tip top. I love being fully present at parties, dinners and business networking events–buzz free. I love knowing that I am finally making the health of my mind, body and spirit a number one priority.

One of the things I started studying after jumping into my alcohol-free challenge– with a group of other like-minded souls– was the concept of setting a morning routine and practicing it consistently. Ever heard the saying, “I got out of the wrong side of the bed?” It basically means that you start the day feeling tired, unhappy, uncomfortable or grumpy.

These days, I’m doing my best to get out of the “right side of the bed.”

Research and common sense seem to prove that how we start the day sets the stage for what follows during the rest of our waking hours and up to bedtime.

In a wildly popular, viral article entitled, “8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8am,” I completely appreciate by what Ben Hardy suggests:

  1. Get A Healthy 7+ Hours of Sleep
  2. Prayer and Meditation to Facilitate Clarity and Abundance
  3. Hard Physical Activity
  4. Consume 30 Grams of Protein
  5. Take A Cold Shower
  6. Listen to/Read Uplifting Content
  7. Review Your Life Vision
  8. Do At Least One Thing Towards Long-Term Goals

As I have mentioned in previous posts, since hitting the snooze button on booze I typically wake up without an alarm clock between 5:00am and 6am. This allows me the necessary time–and it does take time and discipline–to do the things I need to do that start my entire day off right.

While I’m still working on making a good night’s sleep the norm rather than the exception and have yet to master the cold shower thing (brrrrrr…I can only stand 5 or 10 seconds so far), I feel certain that Ben Hardy and other advocates of daily habits first thing each day are truly onto something powerful.

Well, there you have it. I am two months into the practice of my own version of a morning routine and absolutely love it. Perhaps you will too!

Cheers and love,






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