How you start your morning can truly have an impact on your day. I mentioned in my blog on comparison that I used to wake up and immediately check my phone. I could feel mentally and emotionally the effects that it was having on me and my day, which is why I had to switch my morning routine and begin my day with intentionally practicing things that will have a positive and productive effect on the rest of my day. I will walk you through my routine and I challenge you to incorporate little changes in your mornings and watch how your life will change.
Wake Up Earlier
I love to sleep, and I am not a morning person at all. I always admire those people who get up at 5am and start their day with so much energy. My mornings would usually start around 9, but by the time I would open my eyes, scroll through my phone, lay in bed and think about everything I had to do for the day and then have breakfast, it would be about 11, and then I think where has the day gone? We all have the same 24 hours in a day and what we do with those hours is up to us. I don't believe we all have to be part of the 5am club to be successful in life, I'm personally more productive and more creative at nights, but I do believe that each new day we wake up is a gift and spending time with yourself before the busyness of life happens, makes all of the difference, no matter what time you're able to get up. I started by setting my alarm to wake up 30 minutes earlier than I was used to. I would use that time to do things to make my morning and day more meaningful. Once my body was comfortable, I added another 30 minutes.
Now, everybody is different and has different schedules, if you are usually woken up by your kids at 7, try to set your alarm at 6:30 or even 6:45 to have those moments to your self and to practice self-care before your day starts. You will end up appreciating it more than you know.
Silence for me is prayer. When I wake up, I pray a prayer of gratitude for God allowing me to see another day. I sit in silence and meditate on His goodness and take a few deep breaths to start my day with calmness. This is only a few minutes for me but stay here as long as you like. Even if you listen to a short guided meditation, or just sit in reflection, but a few moments of just peace and silence before you face the rush of the world can be impactful.
This is so important to me. Journaling is so effective and therapeutic in one's life, and to start your day writing your thoughts or reflection can be really life-changing. Write intentions you want to set for the day, write your goals and what you'd like to achieve for that day, click here for journal prompts if you need, and always write a few things you are grateful for. Gratitude is so important. Aside from my personal journal, I also bought this Five Minute Journal that I use each morning and has helped me tremendously. It gives you morning and night questions for you to answer and only takes a few minutes. Journaling can improve your overall health and well-being, it can help you look back at certain behaviors and feelings and make important connections to help understand yourself better.
Exercise helps improve our mood and energy levels. Getting yourself moving once you wake up will do wonders for your mind and body. I personally do a 10-minute full body stretch, but being active can mean moving your evening workouts to morning, going for an early stroll if you have to walk your dog, yoga or even just following a few minute youtube video. I remember meeting someone with a great morning routine, and he sleeps in his running clothes so that when 5 am hits, he's up and gone. Even though a lot of mornings he feels he doesn't want to and would rather just lay in bed, he says the mental win when he pushes through his thoughts and excuses makes it all worth it.
Feed Your Brain
When I was younger, when I would eat breakfast, I would either watch a TV show, watch the news or be on my phone. A huge part of my morning routine now is feeding my brain with positivity, love, and truth before I start my day. This can be anything from a bible study, listening to a quick podcast, reading a bit of a book or even listening to an audiobook. Something to inspire and keep you motivated.
Life is busy. We can hit snooze every morning, or we can get up with intention and purpose of living a life full of passion and gratitude. My morning routine reflects on my entire day. These are only a few things I've incorporated into my mornings, but I challenge you to start some kind of morning routine. It doesn't have to take up a lot of time, just something to set the tone for your day. Here are some ideas to choose from:
- Journal (Gratitude)
- Healthy breakfast
- Drink a full cup of water
- Physical Activity
- Set priorities for the day
- Write goals
- Visualize your goals
- Listen to a podcast
- Watch a Ted Talk
- Take a cold shower
- Learn a new word
- Work on a crossword puzzle
These are just ideas, feel free to choose 2 or 3 and do a test run. A morning routine doesn't mean it has to be extravagant, it can honestly be as simple as making your bed. Whatever works for you and brings you joy. I guarantee it will improve your life and you'll notice the change. Whatever becomes your routine, just be consistent, they say it takes 30 days to form a habit. You can do it!
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