Having a powerful morning routine is critical to having an incredible and productive day. You know that, I know that, we all know that.
Most people jolt awake to an alarm, flip on bright lights, reach for their electronic devices, and dive directly into their daily activities and responsibilities. When you start your day on the wrong foot, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed, unfulfilled, uninspired, helpless to change bad habits and most likely break promises to themselves only to feel more frustrated and aggravated hours later.
We have all been there.
Benefits of Having a Mindful Morning Routine
Routines are one of the most important tools to help us get through life’s ups and downs. (We all know that after going through 2 years of global pandemic, am I right ladies?)
There are numerous positive benefits when it comes to having a morning routine. Benefits include:
- Allows you to take control of your day
- Amazing for your mental health
- Alleviate stress and anxiety
- Increases productivity
- Develop healthy habits
- Boost your energy levels
- Boost your confidence
Bottom line, for your sanity, your health and everything and everyone around you, consciously reclaim the first few moments of your day, for you.
8 Simple Morning Routine
A morning routine does not necessarily mean you need to be up at 5:30 am. You just need to set aside a little bit of extra time every morning to wake up and do these life-changing mindful practices:
- Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning
Avoid all exposure to electronics, news, social media, and other sensory stressors and distractions. When we overload our brains with so much (mostly negative) information before your mind and body are ready, we can’t expect to have a good, productive day.
- Make your bed
Making your bad is something so small yet so powerful, trust me! It can be easily accomplished to set you off on the right foot each morning.
- Hydration is KEY!
Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Once you get out of bed and fluids start to
redistribute, your brain will experience a lack of water, which can lead to problems in
attention, memory function and the ability to perform mental tasks.
- Find gratitude
- Meditation for calm and clarity
Meditation is a wonderful way to start the day! It helps you enter a balanced state of being that sets you up to feel calm and focused throughout the day.
I have a library of free morning guided meditations if you ever need inspiration.
- Morning Exercise or DANCE!
If you are not into high intensity workout in the morning (me too), opt for gentle morning stretch, yoga or pilates to increase your movement and mobility.
Alternatively, dance your heart out to a favourite song! This will release endorphins that make you feel happy and rejuvenated.
- Insight for Your Mind
Adding insight to your morning can be as simple or complicated as you want – listen to a podcast, read 5 to 10 pages of self-help book. It helps to start your day with positive and expansive mindset.
- Mindful Evening Routine
Reading, essential oils, calming teas, nighttime relaxing yoga, and sleep meditation podcast are all excellent tools for quality sleep. This will make it easier to rise in the morning without feeling groggy. Practice healthy boundaries with your evening routine to set yourself up for a relaxed and mindful morning.
Explore what works best for you and embrace the stillness. A few things to remember when creating your own mindful morning routine: there is no one way. And there is no right way. Your routine will be specific to you.
Your routine doesn’t need to be the same everyday. You may find yourself wanting to get sweaty at the gym. On other mornings, you might prefer reading. It’s helpful to have a handful of rituals that you know ground you. Check in with your body. Honor your needs and feelings; practice the routines that feel best for the day ahead.