Morning routines can be a difficult one to start, especially if you are not a typical morning person. You might think, “My schedule is way too busy to start a morning routine.” But in fact, you might need it more because of that very reason. The way you start your day defines the rest of your day. A good morning routine can help the rest of your day be more productive and less stressful. The key is to keep it simple and always do what works best for you so that you can continue the routine however long it works for you. Check out what we suggest below that has helped us tremendously:
Getting Quality Sleep
First off, a healthy morning routine starts the night before. Getting quality sleep is one of the most important aspects of starting your morning routine off right. It is recommended to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, so if you’re going to get up earlier to start a morning routine, make sure to go to bed earlier. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, we recommend trying an all-natural sleep aid like Melatonin Gummies For Adults, before any over-the-counter or prescription sleep medications. We also have some really great articles about sleep, why it’s important and tips and tricks to help get better sleep here..
One of the main reasons for a morning routine is to focus on yourself and decrease your brain clutter. So picking up your phone and scrolling through social media, emails or work will totally defeat the purpose of a morning routine. Also, the blue light from your phone is terrible on your eyes, especially first thing in the morning and right before bed (because it will mess with your sleep). It is recommended to wait at least 20 minutes before subjecting your eyes to screen time when you first wake. Think about it this way, if you’re squinting in pain from looking at your phone, that can’t be good for them..
If you can, walk outside and soak in some sun for a few minutes. The natural light will help you wake up and can also help get your daily dose of Vitamin D.
Also, just be in nature for a minute. Notice the color of the tree, breathe in some fresh air, take a minute to feel the earth beneath your feet. Most of us go through our busy day/life and never stop and enjoy the beauty around us. Basically just take a minute and stop and smell the roses!
There are so many amazing benefits of journaling, such as boosting mood, enhance a sense of well-being, improve memory, and even reduce symptoms of depression before important events. There are also many different types of journals that are really beneficial.
First, the very popular Gratitude Journal that I'm sure you've heard about, where you list ten things that you are grateful for every morning. I know ten sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t have to be anything complicated, just simple things. For instance, “I am grateful that I slept well last night.” Just try not to repeat yourself. You’ll be surprised at how many you can come up with after you’ve been doing it a while.
Another type of journal we recommend is the Brag Book. Similar to the gratitude journal, the brag book is more about you individually. List 3 things about yourself. The little things about you that make you who you are.
Courage Journalis another type of journal that is great to try. It’s a list of all the times that you were afraid but did it anyway. The win was the courage it took to get past the fear, whether it’s big or small. It’s also great to look back at because these accomplishments are easy to forget.
Sometimes it’s just beneficial to write down whatever is in your head or whatever you are thinking about at the time. If you’re having excessive thoughts where you’re finding it difficult to concentrate on the every-day task, write down everything that’s in your head so that you can get it out. Once it’s all written out, it’s usually easier to concentrate on other things.
Wake up earlier than usual
You want to make sure that you have enough time to enjoy your morning routine and not feel rushed. If you have children, make sure to wake up 30-45 minutes before you wake them up so you can focus on your routine and enjoy the quiet before the hustle and bustle of the morning.
Drink a full glass of water
When you’re asleep and not drinking for that long of a period of time, your body becomes dehydrated. So one of the best things to do for your body when you first wake up is to drink a big glass of water so you can hydrate your body again.
Do something physical
Whether it's getting a quick workout in, a good stretch secession, or a brisk walk around the block. Do something physical to get your body moving. It doesn’t have to take up much time. 10 or 15 minutes will get your blood flowing and will totally change your overall day.
Last, but most certainly not least, try meditating. If you’ve never tried meditating, it might be a little difficult to know where to start but our biggest recommendation for beginners is start off with like 2 minutes and then work your way to meditating longer. Also, try guided meditation because it’s easier to navigate. There are so many apps that you can try or even many videos on YouTube. There are so many amazing benefits to meditation, but to list a few is it can lower stress, help you connect better, improve your focus, and reduce brain chatter. So why not give it a try? Certain nothing to lose and so much to gain!
The main key with a morning routine is to enjoy it! If after about two weeks, you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, switch it up and try a different routine. If you’re having a difficult time fitting in all the things you would like to do in your morning routine before the hustle and bustle of the day starts, pick your top three and start there. Then you can slowly integrate other tasks into your routine until you get it perfect just for you. Remember, everyone is different so what is beneficial for other people might not be as beneficial for you.
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