The Importance of Designing a Morning Routine
We’ve ALL been there.
The typical chaos filled morning:
Oversleep the alarm,
rushing to shower,
fumble to find an outfit to wear,
grab a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat in the car on the way to work doing make up and hair at every. red. light.
Maybe it was because we hit snooze just one too many times, or the dogs took too long to potty before getting locked up, or we just had one extra thing that really needed to get done before leaving the house.
But- can you remember the way you felt the rest of the day?
I’ll be the first to admit that starting off my day rushed has caused me to feel a bit out of order, or extremely stressed throughout my day. By setting myself up for best success with a healthy morning routine, I’ve truly learned to practice the art of organization, consistency, and stress management.
Setting a morning routine has been the perfect way to begin my day on the right foot.
If you’re over there thinking I’m saying you need to be up before the sun rises, you’re wrong! Despite if you’re a morning bird or night owl… by making a variety of small changes you can truly begin to have more productive days.
It’s time to ditch the old routine of rushing out the door in the morning. Giving yourself time to wake up slowly, and mindfully will help you keep up with the other healthy habits you’re initiating throughout the day. It will also help you to maintain a positive mood, and high energy.
Remember, it’s easier to eliminate bad habits than to commit to new ones. First, let’s think about all of the habits that you can stop now before adding more to your morning routine!
HABITS TO DITCH:
Hitting the snooze.
Instead of having your alarm next to your bed where you can reach it, or sleeping with your phone under your pillow- put it on the corner of your nightstand or even in your bathroom so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. After plenty of missed 6am yoga sessions, I’ve found this method to be extremely effective. Having to get out of bed will ultimately make the process of waking up a bit easier, and more natural over time.
Scrolling through your phone first thing when you wake up.
Many people wake up and log into social. Try to not check your emails or social media immediately. It will all be there for you once you’ve successfully gotten out of bed and really woken up! Checking your phone first thing in the morning takes up more time than you can anticipate, it also causes overstimulation and can induce stress before your day has even started!
Once you’ve got those basics down, here are some simple habits that you can easily incorporate into your morning routine to have a successful day.
THINGS TO START:
Set your alarm just 15 or 30 minutes earlier.
Setting your alarm just a bit earlier than usual will allow additional time to get your day started. If you enjoy the extra extra time, try 45 or 60 minutes next. (This will allow you to pamper yourself in the morning)
Brush your teeth and tongue.
Sounds cliche, but brushing your teeth and tongue immediately after waking up helps remove the bacteria that have built up overnight, and it refreshes your mouth. This should not be done right before you grab your keys, This should be done every day before any food or water! This is also the perfect time to think about your to-do list, and set your intentions for the day.
Whether it’s a breathing exercise, light stretching, or meditation, practicing stillness can transform your entire day. While meditation may not be for everyone, taking just a few moments out of your morning to sit up, close your eyes, and let your mind focus can be a great way to start. Repeat a morning mantra about how you want the rest of your day to start. Example: “I am willing. I am capable. I am powerful.” Repeating statements like these in the morning can help set you up for success. As humans, we almost always tend to focus on what we do wrong and what we can do better; instead, try to focus on your abilities and how powerful you are in choosing your future.
Getting any kind of movement – like yoga, jumping jacks, cycling, squats, and walking – into your morning routine will help wake you up and make you feel more alert and alive. It can be as simple as taking the dogs for a walk in the park!
Splash your face with water.
Splashing your face with water is a quick way to wake up. If you’re feeling drowsy, a simple splash can be the fix.
Drink warm water with lemon.
Warm water with lemon immediately wakes up your metabolism and digestive system. It helps to detox your body, and it gives you a natural burst of energy. After you’ve brushed your teeth each morning, have a large glass of warm lemon water before drinking or eating anything else.
Learning to set time aside for yourself each morning can have a profound impact on how you carry yourself through your day. A morning ritual should be a sacred time you have personally cultivated so that empowers you to go through each day with intention and clarity. Yes, hitting snooze and lounging a few extra minutes can feel great in the moment, but designing a morning that nourishes your mind, body, and spirit will create more peace and vitality, leaving you feeling better overall.
Designing a morning that aligns with what feels right for you is imperative- so be sure to create a regimen that resonates with you rather than simply following a routine that works for someone else. Remember, what works for one person may not work for you, and that’s perfectly okay. Some people have extremely detailed mornings and others simply take five minutes to express gratitude for the life they have been given. Whatever you choose, I hope it’s perfect for you and creates a snowball effect of intention and self-honoring choices for the rest of your day.