Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. You go to hit the snooze button on your alarm to fit in those 10 extra minutes of sleep. They seem necessary and the only way you’ll make it through the day but then you just end up feeling groggy and unenergized until you get your coffee. We ALL have these mornings. And that’s okay, on occasion. I can’t stress enough the importance of a morning routine. We all have busy lives and all feel like there is not enough time in the day. You are definitely not alone.
Having a morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. Starting your day generally the same way every day, will help to create good habits. Good habits lead to success. If you set yourself up for success, well, you’re more likely to succeed. I’m sure many of you already have a morning routine. Is your routine productive? Does it help you? Does it reduce stress? Do you enjoy it? If you answered no to any of these questions then try adjusting your morning routine. What motivates you? What relaxes you? What will help you have a successful and less stressful day? Find out what these things are to you. If you’re not sure, try a few different strategies to see what you like. One doesn’t work for you – that’s okay – try something else! Try until you find THAT thing. Read on to see my morning routine suggestions.
- Try getting up early. If you’re not a morning person, ease yourself into it. Try getting up 10 minutes earlier than usual. Once that becomes easy for you, 10 minutes earlier than that. So on and so forth. If you struggle to get out of bed – drink a glass of water before bed so you’ll have to get up to use the bathroom when your alarm goes off.
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Your body get dehydrated over night, you need to replenish the liquids and flush out your body. I ensure that I get my water in the morning by not allowing myself coffee or tea until I’ve had a glass of water. It’s all about tweaking it to find what works for you and your lifestyle.
- Stretch. You’ve just been laying in bed for 7-8 hours. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy, light stretches to wake up your muscles and get your energy flowing.
- Meditate. Take 7-10 minutes each morning to clear your head and meditate. There are a ton of phone apps or youtube videos to help guide you. I personally use HeadSpace to guide my morning meditation. This is so good to reduce your stress and start your day in a clear headspace.
- Read. However long you have time for – 5, 10, 15 minutes. This will wake your brain up and get those brain juices flowing preparing you for your day. This will help your mind stay creative and focused.
- Set goals. Whether they are daily goals or long term goals. Set them and write them down. Every day. You know what you have to do and accomplish for that day. Those daily accomplishments should go hand in hand with your long term goals. Every small goal getting you one step closer to that long term goal.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell
This quote rings SO true. How can you expect to achieve something or have something in your life change if you aren’t making the proper changes to get there. If you are unhappy right now, then something needs to change. Maybe you’re unhappy with your weight, unhappy with your significant other, unhappy with your career. Well, it’s simple. Nothing will change unless YOU change. What can make you feel better about your weight and boost your confidence? Incorporate working out into your morning or daily routine along with a little mirror pep talk telling yourself how awesome you are. Just tweak little things along the way that will promote the things you want. Feeling unhappy about your weight and then binging on a bag of chips because your eating your emotions is destructive and only digging your deeper in that hole.
Take some time and write down a few things you want to accomplish in the next 3 months, 6 months, year, 5 years. Then, write down something you can do daily to help you get there. Your goals will change, you will change, and your routine will evolve with you. And just remember, you won’t change your life if you don’t change something you’re doing.
Comment below and tell me what your morning routine looks like!