• mahabis lifestyle // morning rituals and slow living

 

Alarm rings. You snooze it until the last possible minute. No time for breakfast. Rushed commute. Sound familiar? 

Not the ideal way to wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Allowing yourself a slow and relaxed morning will set you off on a better foot for the rest of the day. You'll feel more focused and productive for the day ahead, and will start the day with a clearer head. Follow our simple tips for starting to embrace your mornings.

 

mahabis lifestyle // morning rituals and slow living

 

Quit the snooze button //

Rather than opting for the perpetual snooze-button-cycle and calculating the shortest amount of time possible that it takes to get ready, try setting your alarm up to an hour earlier than usual. With more time to ease into the day, you can take things slowly and enjoy a rush-free morning.

 

Find your morning ritual //

Whether it's preparing a steaming pot of coffee, or collecting your thoughts in the shower, find a morning ritual that helps you get into the motions of the day. It could be as simple as reading a chapter of a book before getting into gear, or noting down tasks for the day ahead. 

Taking time over breakfast is a great way to get into the right frame of mind for the day. Rather than grabbing something convenient on the run, you could spend one day a week making breakfast into an occasion.

Whatever the ritual, allow for some downtime in the morning to help you keep up the pace throughout the rest of the day.

  

Start the day on the right foot //

Whether it's a morning gym session that helps get you into gear, or a quick spot of yoga, alternate your mornings with both exercise and downtime.

When it's a downtime day, it's key to take it slowly. Rushed mornings are never fun. Rise from bed with extra time to potter around the house and prepare for the day ahead. By getting out of bed just half an hour earlier every day, you'll give yourself a handful of extra hours each week. 

 

We asked a couple of slow-living Instagrammers to share their slow morning routines with us:

 

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@me_and_orla

Sara Tasker // photographer, writer & instagram coach

"Since going self-employed I've had the luxury of not setting an alarm clock. I have a toddler, so there's no danger of oversleeping, but it's so nice to live by our joint body clocks instead of the shrill sounds of an alarm. It makes the day start so much more peacefully."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@circleofpines

Laura Pashby // photographer, writer & editor

"Sundays are my slow morning. It's my husband's turn for a lie-in, so I get up early with the kids. I pull on my dressing gown, slip on my mahabis and patter down to the kitchen to make breakfast which, on a Sunday, is always a huge stack of pancakes. It's a meditative process, and as I stand at the stove, I listen to 6 music or to Joni Mitchell's Chelsea Morning on Spotify, whilst I sip the first cup of tea of the day, which, of course, is always the best cuppa of all."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@aquietstyle

Emma Harris // stylist, photographer and lifestyle blogger

"In an ideal world, I rise before everyone else so the house is quiet. i do some breathing and a few stretches, then make some banana pancakes with walnuts and blueberries and sit on the garden steps devouring them to the accompaniment of bird song. But I have two girls and a school run so this is definitely not everyday, more something to aspire to. Everything we do to slow down helps a little."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@littlegreenshed

Lou Archell // writer, photographer and travel & lifestyle blogger

"I love to rise early in the summer months and take my cup of green tea into the garden. It's a relaxing way to start the day before I need to get my boys to school."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@hanbullivant

Hannah Bullivant // writer and events/interiors stylist

"Monday mornings are probably our favourite, as there's no kindergarten and as everyone is back to work or school it feels like our own secret weekend day. We laze around in bed until as late as we can (the heady hour of 8am!) then make our way downstairs. I make a pour over coffee and, at this time of year, wander into the garden. We eat our breakfast an drink our coffee and ease into the day in soft morning light surrounded by birdsong." 

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals 

@lapinblu

Sarah-Louise Francis // photographer, stylist and lifestyle blogger 

"Anyone with school age kids (or kids full stop in most cases!) would admit that true slow mornings are far fewer & farther apart than we'd like, but it is still possible to catch a moment with a morning ritual to help start off your day right. Mine is Tea & Ten...whether I'm running late or with time to spare, I make a cup of tea & spend ten minutes sipping quietly before allowing the hustle to begin. I find this helps act as a pause between sleep & waking that helps me gets my thoughts in order."

mahabis lifestyle // morning rituals and slow living

 

Alarm rings. You snooze it until the last possible minute. No time for breakfast. Rushed commute. Sound familiar? 

Not the ideal way to wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Allowing yourself a slow and relaxed morning will set you off on a better foot for the rest of the day. You'll feel more focused and productive for the day ahead, and will start the day with a clearer head. Follow our simple tips for starting to embrace your mornings.

 

mahabis lifestyle // morning rituals and slow living

 

Quit the snooze button //

Rather than opting for the perpetual snooze-button-cycle and calculating the shortest amount of time possible that it takes to get ready, try setting your alarm up to an hour earlier than usual. With more time to ease into the day, you can take things slowly and enjoy a rush-free morning.

 

Find your morning ritual //

Whether it's preparing a steaming pot of coffee, or collecting your thoughts in the shower, find a morning ritual that helps you get into the motions of the day. It could be as simple as reading a chapter of a book before getting into gear, or noting down tasks for the day ahead. 

Taking time over breakfast is a great way to get into the right frame of mind for the day. Rather than grabbing something convenient on the run, you could spend one day a week making breakfast into an occasion.

Whatever the ritual, allow for some downtime in the morning to help you keep up the pace throughout the rest of the day.

  

Start the day on the right foot //

Whether it's a morning gym session that helps get you into gear, or a quick spot of yoga, alternate your mornings with both exercise and downtime.

When it's a downtime day, it's key to take it slowly. Rushed mornings are never fun. Rise from bed with extra time to potter around the house and prepare for the day ahead. By getting out of bed just half an hour earlier every day, you'll give yourself a handful of extra hours each week. 

 

We asked a couple of slow-living Instagrammers to share their slow morning routines with us:

 

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@me_and_orla

Sara Tasker // photographer, writer & instagram coach

"Since going self-employed I've had the luxury of not setting an alarm clock. I have a toddler, so there's no danger of oversleeping, but it's so nice to live by our joint body clocks instead of the shrill sounds of an alarm. It makes the day start so much more peacefully."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@circleofpines

Laura Pashby // photographer, writer & editor

"Sundays are my slow morning. It's my husband's turn for a lie-in, so I get up early with the kids. I pull on my dressing gown, slip on my mahabis and patter down to the kitchen to make breakfast which, on a Sunday, is always a huge stack of pancakes. It's a meditative process, and as I stand at the stove, I listen to 6 music or to Joni Mitchell's Chelsea Morning on Spotify, whilst I sip the first cup of tea of the day, which, of course, is always the best cuppa of all."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@aquietstyle

Emma Harris // stylist, photographer and lifestyle blogger

"In an ideal world, I rise before everyone else so the house is quiet. i do some breathing and a few stretches, then make some banana pancakes with walnuts and blueberries and sit on the garden steps devouring them to the accompaniment of bird song. But I have two girls and a school run so this is definitely not everyday, more something to aspire to. Everything we do to slow down helps a little."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@littlegreenshed

Lou Archell // writer, photographer and travel & lifestyle blogger

"I love to rise early in the summer months and take my cup of green tea into the garden. It's a relaxing way to start the day before I need to get my boys to school."

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals

@hanbullivant

Hannah Bullivant // writer and events/interiors stylist

"Monday mornings are probably our favourite, as there's no kindergarten and as everyone is back to work or school it feels like our own secret weekend day. We laze around in bed until as late as we can (the heady hour of 8am!) then make our way downstairs. I make a pour over coffee and, at this time of year, wander into the garden. We eat our breakfast an drink our coffee and ease into the day in soft morning light surrounded by birdsong." 

 

mahabis // lazy morning rituals 

@lapinblu

Sarah-Louise Francis // photographer, stylist and lifestyle blogger 

"Anyone with school age kids (or kids full stop in most cases!) would admit that true slow mornings are far fewer & farther apart than we'd like, but it is still possible to catch a moment with a morning ritual to help start off your day right. Mine is Tea & Ten...whether I'm running late or with time to spare, I make a cup of tea & spend ten minutes sipping quietly before allowing the hustle to begin. I find this helps act as a pause between sleep & waking that helps me gets my thoughts in order."

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