A quick google search will give you so much advice on the best way to start your day.
However, following someone else's process may not always be the right thing.
It's time to create a morning routine that works for you.
With a new month right around the corner, what better way to prepare for the days to come, than to create a morning routine that works for you.
There’s no denying, the way you start your morning has an impact on your energy and vibe for the rest of the day. But, as we are all different – one size does not fit all. The most important aspect of your morning routine is to ensure it encompasses activities that positively impacts your mind, body and lifestyle.
What’s more, it doesn’t have to take ages to perform. Your morning routine could last 15 minutes or 3 hours – it’s up to you. The main point of a routine is to create simple habits that give you the best chance of having a great start to your day.
My Morning Routine
Over the last year or so, the morning routine that works for me is as follows:
- Wake up (Don’t hit snooze!)
- Workout / yoga / meditate
- Drink 700ml of green tea
- Write in my future journal
- Shower whilst listening to an audio book or music
- Moisturise and massage my entire body (Daily dose of self care!)
- Get dressed
- Review the tasks for the day
- Start my day
This whole routine can take between 50 – 90 minutes depending how long I spend on my working out, yoga or meditating. But this time span may not work for you – and that’s OK!
There’s so many things you can chose from that may work. Let’s explore some options below and start to create your own morning routine.
Choose 3 or 5 things from the lists below to get you started. Try them on for size and play round with the order you do them. If they’re not having an impact – come back to the menu and try something else.
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Morning Routine for Your Mind
Get you mindset right as soon as you open your eyes! Avoid the distractions of social media, emails or news feeds and focus on how you want to feel for the rest of the day.
- 10 minute mediation
- Listen to music
- Check to do list
- Write in gratitude journal
- Complete a crossword
- Don’t hit snooze button
- Set intentions for the day
- Repeat daily affirmations
- Find a positive quote
- No social media
- Open curtains and let light in
- Write 10 ideas
- Visualise the day
Morning Routine for Your Body
As well as working out each morning, there are so many other things you could do to get your body ready for the day – inside and out!
- Quick HITT workout
- Take a cold shower
- Drink a glass of water
- Drink green tea
- Stretch your body
- Go for a walk
- Yoga Practice
- Plan a healthy lunch
- Breathing exercises
- Take vitamins/supplements
- Have a healthy breakfast
Morning Routine for Your Lifestyle
The habits you adopt in the morning can help to create the lifestyle that you want to live. Take some time for yourself each morning to work towards the goals you want to achieve.
- Read a few pages from a book
- Listen to a podcast
- Complete most important task
- Make the bed
- Update your budget
- Listen to an audio book
- Review weekly calendar
- Review monthly goals
- Check something off the to do list
- Spend time with family
- Limit listening to the news
Choose a few items off each list to try over the next 7 days. Each morning, when you wake up make those actions the first thing that you do. When I first started exploring what I needed to do to make my mornings better, I wrote the actions down on a piece of paper and keep it next to your bed. It would be the first thing I saw each morning. This made it easier not to get distracted and slip back into my old habits.
It may be tempting to add lots of the above actions to your daily list, (you should have seen all the things I was trying to do each day when I started!). But when forming new habits, it’s important not to get overwhelmed and start dreading the mornings.
It’s easier to stick to something that is simple and most importantly – something you enjoy.