Morning routine…more like rolling out of bed, stumbling to the bathroom to hop in the shower, speed applying makeup, rushing to get dressed, running out the door, and almost forgetting the coffee routine!
You may not even know that you have a morning routine, but you actually do! Your morning routine consists of all the actions you take during your first hour of waking up. The question now is: do you want to start your day with all the bad habits that you’ve developed over the years, or do you want to kickstart your morning with a mindset full of positivity and greatness that radiates throughout the whole day?
Waking up later is fine too! Not everyone needs to be a part of the 5 a.m. club. If it is hard for you to wake up early, do your best to go to bed and wake up at the same time, no matter what time that is. The most important thing to do is to listen to your body and develop a consistent sleep/wake cycle.
But why does a morning routine even matter?
It allows you to start the day on auto pilot.
Having a planned morning routine helps you to know what your next steps will be after you wake up. This removes the time lost by having to make decisions and leaves the hard decision making for the rest of the day. Deciding between Nespresso Volluto or Linizio Lungo in the morning can be really tough sometimes. Rid yourself of this pain with an effective morning routine!
You start the motion for success.
Incorporate a task right in the morning so that you get in the winning mindset. For example, instead of leaving your bedsheets in a giant ball of cotton, take a second to flatten them out and make your bed. This is a small but effective way to mentally check off your first task for the day, which helps to put you in a “get-it-done” mood.
It improves self-discipline.
As you begin to do a daily morning routine, your body and mind will start to become accustomed to it, and after around 21 days, it will become “part” of how you function in the morning. Morning routines are the stepping stones to other habit-forming practices, such as eating healthier and exercising.
You’re more productive.
You begin your day by acting instead of reacting. Going through your morning routine is an active way to wake up, which helps you prep yourself mentally and maintain this active mentality throughout the rest of your day.
Willpower is also strongest in the morning. You are much more likely to complete one of your goals if you plan it in the morning and accomplish it soon after. We begin to get more worn-out as the day goes on, which can often be a limiting factor of our daily goal achievement. Therefore, by rolling out your yoga mat in the morning, you are more likely to stick to your daily practice!
Morning routine starter pack
- While still in bed, begin with a 5 to 30-minute meditation to visualize your goals
- Think of three things that you’re thankful for. Say them out loud to really visualize and feel it!
- Drink a large glass of water once your feet hit the floor. Spice things up by adding lemon!
- No snoozing!
- Make your bed.
- Add to your journal – what you’re feeling, what you’re thankful for, what you want to achieve for the day.
- Once your shower is finished, add a nice blast of ice-cold water for an extra wakeup boost.
- Complete your yoga practice
- After yoga, enjoy a good, whole food breakfast.
- No phone until your morning routine is complete
- Listen to something inspiring – music/podcast/radio show
- Look at your calendar
- Plan your day and write it down