Are you the type of person that jumps out of bed every morning ready to start the day? Or do you hit snooze and take your time waking up?
Either way, a good morning routine will give your life stability and can even transform your life by helping you accomplish goals and maintain a healthy body and mind.
Why is a Morning Routine so Important?
Starting your morning off the right way will prepare your mind, body, and soul to take on the day. The first few moments after waking up will create a pace and form your mood. Simple things like what you eat, drink, and exercising can make all the difference in your productivity and energy.
The first step to your routine is to figure out your “why”. What motivates you to wake up in the morning? Instead of instantly thinking about all the things on your to-do list, think of why you do them. Is your “why” putting food on the table for your family? Is it being financially free in 5 years? This depends on you, but knowing the reason behind why you do what you do is a powerful motivator.
How to Set Your Routine
Everyone’s schedule will look different. The key is to know your “why” and know what will help you be the best version of yourself. Do you know you can’t function without caffeine? Or that you perform best mentally after a workout? Is meditating the key to you maintaining a positive mood? Set time aside to do these things.
Humans are creatures of habit, so sooner or later it will be second nature for you. Watch your overall productivity soar and energy soar with a healthy morning routine, especially if you are working from home.
5 Ways to Get the “Perfect” Morning Routine:
1. Drink water before anything else
The first thing you should do when you wake up is to drink 16-32 oz of water, preferably with lemon. Lemon water wakes up your liver and stimulates your digestive system.
Try to hydrate before consuming caffeine. Watch how your energy and body feel – you will notice a difference.
Mediating in the morning will feed your soul and relax your mind, making you capable of handling anything the day throws at you!
Try a gratitude practice, sunrise meditation, or download the calm app for daily morning meditation. This can make all the difference in handling work anxiety and other stress.
3. Get Moving!
Move your body! Exercise will give you endorphins to start your day. If you don’t have time for a full workout, try a quick youtube video like yoga or stretch for 10 minutes.
Even a short period of moving your body can make a difference in how your body feels and improve your mental clarity.
4. Read or Listen to Something Educational
Instead of instantly checking social media or emails the minute you open your eyes, try reading a page out of a book, listening to a podcast, or anything else mentally stimulating.
Give your mind a second to wake up before jumping onto your timeline or tasks for the day. You will be surprised by how much information you can retain the first thing in the morning.
5. Have Me Time
Having time to yourself in the morning is imperative to your mental health. Especially if you are a mom, or in a demanding role where you constantly give to others.
Give to yourself before you start your day. Wake up before everyone else and enjoy your coffee and peace. Write in a journal, listen to music, whatever makes you feel fulfilled.
How Your Morning Routine can Shape your Success
It is no secret that many successful people wake up early and start their day off a certain way. The way you spend your time in the morning says a lot about your goals and who you want to be. So kick-off your day with the best routine possible.
Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) starts his day at 3:45 am, Michele Obama at 4:30, and Benjamin Franklin is rumored to have been up at 5 am every day. “