Morning Rituals for Overwhelmed Entrepreneurs: Less Than 30 Minutes

The first hour you’re awake sets the tone for the rest of your day. Here’s a short morning routine for people who need to get calm, get happy and get going.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m big on morning ritual. One of my favorite questions to ask people is – tell me about your breakfast. Weird? Yup. Interesting? Absolutely.

It’s an understatement to say I’ve been all over the map. I’ve been the annoying 6:00 am front-row-of-spin-class devotée, a sunrise jogger, someone who stays at work until tomorrow’s employees show up… hell – there was a point in time when I made myself eggs benedict from scratch everyday (because #treatyourself).

Here’s what I’ve found to work best for me. And, best of all, it takes less than 30 minutes:

  1. Hot lemon water. I keep a baggie of lemon slices in the fridge. When I get up, I just put a kettle of water on the stovetop and pour warm water over a few lemon slices (1 minute).
  2. Walk the pup. Not because it makes me zen, but because it just plain old needs to be done. My lab has gotta poop – and I respect that. To make sure she doesn’t disrupt my “me” time… I take care of this first. Getting outside and my blood moving while sipping lemon water actually makes me feel good – even if I go begrudgingly (10 minutes).
  3. Move. Ahhhh, finally. I do five minutes of easy movement just to open up everything that’s still tight from sleep. I’m hard-pressed to find a yoga sequence that feels as opening, relaxing, and rejuvenating as this one (7 minutes).
  4. Meditate. Now that my body feels good, it’s a little easier to be still. My friends at AM Yoga have a great, short guided meditation here (5 minutes).
  5. Caffeinate. All the coffee (… as long as you dang well please).

Oh, most importantly, final step: slay (all day).

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