What is the first thing you do upon waking?

I got into the habit of reaching for my phone. I was so addicted that if I didn’t check my phone after waking, I’d get anxious.

In this impressionable time of day, I witnessed that the news of the day scrambled my thoughts and even soured my mood for the rest of the day.

Recently I’ve reconnected with the value of this liminal space and started reserving my mornings for screen free time.

What do I do instead? Lately I’ve been starting my morning with journaling or meditating. It’s the perfect time of day for such activities in the space between dreams and waking life.

I’ve also started making myself a daily cacao elixir as a ritual. I purchase cacao from a local manufacturer called Firefly Cacao, and add in a variety of mushroom powders and adaptogens from Sun Potion. Finally I add a green or herbal tea and blend it all in the Vitamix. I love starting my day sipping the creamy chocolatey beverage filled with healthy nutrients.

I find that giving myself the extra time to transition into waking life sets me off on a more spacious and thoughtful path for the rest of my day.

What do you do to start your morning?