What are your morning rituals?

What are your morning rituals? What does the first hour of your day look like?

In my teens and twenties when I lived in New York City, my mornings used to consist of waking up to the last minute, throwing on the most presentable uniform or clothing, and rushing out the door to get breakfast before literally running to class or work.

Yes. I actually used to run to my destinations. Sometimes I would run with my friend Zenab so that we would be ten minutes late instead of twenty minutes late to class.

Now that I am youngish with banged up knees, I have begun to appreciate slowing down my mornings. I used to stressfully get ready in thirty minutes. Now, I spend an hour to two hours. It occurred to me: what are my morning rituals? What does the first hour of my day look like?

My morning rituals depend on the season, but a few things have remained steady and consistent for the past five years.

Cooking a fresh breakfast

Eggs in Purgatory with Fresh Herbs

Five out of seven days, I am cooking my own breakfast. I once went two weeks without doing this, and I ended up with brain fog, gaining weight, and feeling extremely sluggish.

My favorite breakfast is Eggs in Purgatory with Fresh Herbs, which I make almost all of the time in the spring and summer. It hits all of the major nutrients: fats, carbs, and proteins. Even though breakfast is not a mandatory meal, it is a meal that I need in order to function in my high stress career. I still work outside of my blog, and I am regularly on my feet and interacting with a diverse set of people that require my full attention.

I cannot guarantee that I sit and enjoy the meal at my dining room table, but I am eating and enjoying the complex flavors while typing, checking e-mails, and setting my agenda for the day!

Looking at my garden

Freshly harvested basil

Just after I lock my front door, I take three minutes to check on my garden. I smell the basil; I smell the rosemary; I admire the mint; and I admire the seasonal flowers. If anything needs to be watered, I fill my rusty old watering can and water things before jumping into my car.

I try to literally stop and smell the roses.

It took some time for me to realize that stopping to recognize and appreciate the things we take for granted is one of many keys to happiness.

I can sit at my desk all day long, writing, typing, e-mailing, sighing, calling, sipping, listening to the problems of my clients and peers, and having every ounce of sanity drained from my brain… and drain more of it when I get home and consume ample amounts of distractions….

OR, I do a reasonable amount of work, go home, and take back my personal power and spend my time loving nature, art, and the positive people I choose to associate with. My garden helps me recognize this.

Drink tea

My assorted teas

I drink tea nearly every single day: two cups in the morning, or one cup in the morning, and another around lunchtime.

In Buddhist tradition, tea is meant to help with meditation by helping the body and mind focus. A good cup of tea helps me do the same.

As for what kind of tea, I mostly drink unsweetened sencha green tea. I go through boxes and tins of the stuff.

But, I also love houjicha tea, genmaicha tea, sencha mixed with jasmine pearls, elderberry tea, and lady grey.

Tea is the most important part of my morning ritual; the one time I left it home this year, I was nearly in tears at work!

Now, it is your turn: what are your morning rituals? What does the first hour of your day look like? I would love to see them in the comments below!

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  1. Ahhh, your morning routine sounds so lovely! I also drink tea in the morning but I drink black tea English style with milk and sugar in the mornings – green tea is for afternoons for me! My typical routine is to get up, meditate for about ten minutes, and then drink tea and have a small snack like a fig bar while one of my dogs puts their head in my lap. I can’t eat much in the mornings but I need a little bit to keep me going! Then I wander over to my desk in the den and start work. Usually mid-morning I’ll take a short break to water my garden and get a little more tea! The tea is really the critical part though. 😀

    1. That morning sounds lovely! I have a hectic full time job, so little spurts of peace are essential! Lucky that you have a pup to show you love in the middle of the day! Dogs are the best for relieving stress! 🐶

  2. My morning tradition is to make coffee and work on my Word Press blog and read other blogs of people I follow, such as yourself. By the way this post is extremely clever. I am in the running for My Favorite Chef Contest. If you have a minute could you vote for me? Here is the link: https://favchef.com/2023/bernadette-laganella

    1. Thank you, and you have my vote!

  3. You are a lady after my own heart… Fresh herbs and wonderful teas…. and home made food… 🙂
    My morning rituals also depend on the weather and season…. Today for instance I watered the garden first.. before sitting down to breakfast… Love the smell too of fresh Basil.. I have some growing in our allotments in my herb bed… I planted some which was supposed to be Our British climate friendly… It has not faired as well as that I grow on my kitchen window sill indoors :-D.. We win some and lose some lol..

    Love by the way your Mermaid cakes and icing… Wow… so talented… They look delicious…
    You have many talents… and I feel we need to keep being in our creative modes lol
    Sending Hugs across the ocean to you Christie..
    Oh and I clicked the notifications to get instant updates… as I do not always get into the email I have for WP… Have a super weekend <3 🙂

    1. Fresh basil is so wonderful! Can’t have a garden without it! And, thank you for taking the time to read my posts! It is much loved and appreciated across the pond. Hugs back!

      1. Likewise…. <3 🙂 xx

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