There is no calmer way to start your morning than making dua and praying to Allah at tahajjud. The beauty of tahajjud is that you can wake up just 20 – 30 minutes before fajr and squeeze in a heartfelt dua and sunnah prayers/recitation. If you really want something, you need to be profusely begging Allah at tahajjud time. I find this hadith so beautiful and heart-warming: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’” [Bukhari, Muslim] Mind-blowing.
2) Sip On Green tea + Apple Cider Vinegar/Warm Lemon Water
The first thing I do straight after fajr is head down the stairs and boil a cup of strong green tea with 1-3 table spoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar. It’s tangy and it tastes bitter – be prepared to feel the urge to puke! But it’s been the biggest game-changer for my health and digestion. So much so that I’ve been doing this consistently for approximately 6 years now! It’s worked miracles in maintaining my weight, boosting metabolism and soothing my digestion. My tastes buds have definitely adjusted to the bitter taste. I can’t sing enough praises for bitter hot green tea + apple cider vinegar + in the early morning = that combination does wonders for my body and sets me up feeling fresh, light and energised.
3) Consume Positive Content
As I sip on my green tea each morning, I read through a handful of articles related to health, happiness and life. I LOVE this time to myself… I don’t feel like I’ve started my day until I’ve read through inspirational content. It sets your mind up for a powerful and positive day. The beautiful part is that by reading inspirational, informative content, each morning I’m reminded of things that are important to me. It only takes one reminder to change your habits. It’s only take one more little change each day, which adds up to transformational leaps over time.
4) Eat A Nourishing Breakfast
There’s nothing like a good breakfast that awakens your body and sets you up for a thriving, energy fuelled day. My absolute favourite standard breakfast: mashed avocado with apple cider vinegar, chilli flakes, garlic salt, scrambled eggs (organic and free range where possible) in ghee (yummmy!) with a slice of rye bread, sauerkraut (good for digestive health) and a dollop of caramelised hummus. Hungry? 😛
5) Write In A Gratitude Journal/ Feel Grateful
Take a few moments – either in writing or thoughts to practise thanking Allah. Feel the appreciation and gratitude in your heart. You are seriously blessed beyond measure. Take a moment to notice the little things that Allah has granted you today. It’s not possible to be upset when you’re obsessively grateful. If you ever wake up feeling in a funk/ in a state of lack, start thanking Allah for all your blessings. And keep thanking Allah until that grey mood passes. Gratitude will only increase the happiness and abundance that awaits you. Your morning gratitude practice should leave you feeling in awe of Allah – your heart open and receptive to the endless possibilities of today.
6) Organise Your Tasks In A Pretty Planner
Every woman needs a beautiful, inspiring planner. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay at home mum with a day in/day out routine. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student with a schedule that rarely changes. It doesn’t matter if you days are mostly blank and you don’t have much to schedule. Every woman needs a planner. You’ll feel so much lighter by jotting down all the tasks that you need to complete instead of weighing it on your mind. Even if it’s basic routine-based tasks – write it down.
Some days I write things like ‘drink green tea’, ‘wash clothes and dry’ or ‘delicious meals for lunch + dinner’ – all routine based tasks that I do continuously but writing them down frees your mind. It allows you to start your day with calm, composed and collected thoughts. When you write tasks down, you take it more seriously and your much more likely to complete them inshAllah.
7) Self-Care Time
I love spending a few minutes in the morning flicking on mascara, maybe a touch of cream blush deepening on my mood, my favourite crystal earrings and an outfit that makes me feel beautiful and sensual – even though I’m at home all day. It’s a way that I connect with myself and take care of me. For me it’s such an empowering act of self-love. When I look my best, I feel my best. I love connecting with that part of me that adores fashion, obsesses over the latest trends and gets squeakily excited over an outfit that works!
8) Quick House Errands
Spend 10 – 15 minutes or less each morning doing a quick house clean up. I love starting the day knowing that my home is clean, fresh and organised. A few minutes each day saves you spending hours in the weekend to catch up on cleaning – not to forget it saves you the mental stress of clutter and that feeling of wanting to pull your hair out when everything is out of place. 15 minutes each morning allows you to focus on what truly matters for the rest of the day. There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day, only to finish up a pile of laundry that could have been done ahead of time allowing you to have a luxurious, relaxing evening.
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