I’m not a morning person.
Mornings are hard.
And my bed it about the comfiest thing I have ever laid on which I guess makes sense because I spend a third of my day in it…
Regardless of comfort, it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning which is why I have found my morning routine very helpful! Instead of rushing around our home trying to get ready for the office, attempt to style my hair and drink a cup of coffee all at the same time; I got organized and set myself for a calm enjoyable morning.
Morning routines help to set up your day no matter what your goals are. Writing out what you want your morning routine to look like and why can help you achieve just that. When we write our intention we are 1.4x more likely to accomplish it when compared to someone who didn’t write anything down.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
My advice with creating a morning routine is to start small! Choose one healthy habit that you want to add to your routine and just focus on that for the next 4 weeks. Once you’ve solidified it into your morning. Choose another habit and continue on. This allows us to improve our long-term adherence to our morning routines.
I think a big issue that many people struggle with is trying to do too much at the same time. I know I’m definitely guilty of this! But the issue with that is that it becomes overwhelming and we stop and feel like we’ve failed – cue the emotional eating, amirite?
Here are 9-morning habits for you to try on that will improve the rest of your day:
Check-in with your body – this may sound simple but it can really change the outcome of your day. Before you get out of bed, notice how your body feels and ask it what it needs more of today – that may be movement, stillness or even food.
Make your bed – I know I sound like your mother but hear me out! Making your bed can instill a feeling of accomplishment first thing in your day which in turn will motivate you to key going. Plus, who doesn’t love crawling into a freshly made bed at the end of the day!
Move your body – You hopefully just spent 8 restful hours in your bed so moving your body can be just what it needs. Choose a type of movement that you enjoy. That could be stretching, yoga, running, cycling, walking or hitting the gym. It doesn’t matter as much about what it is but just the fact that you did it.
Meditate – I can feel your resistance to this one but it really can improve the rest of your day! I’ve personally tested this and I have to say that my mind is clearer and more focused on days that I spend a few minutes in meditation as opposed to those that I don’t.
Journal – I highly recommend adding in a couple of minutes of self-reflection (plus it pairs well with your meditation). Journaling in the morning can provide clarity, comfort, and the ability to prioritize. It is a way to express whatever is coming across your mind – maybe it was a dream that’s stuck with you or something from the day before you haven’t fully processed. There is no judgement