It is likely that you have heard talk about the positive impact a morning routine can have on your life. I have many clients who talk about hearing about morning routines but who don’t really understand why they can be so important, or what their morning routine should include. The good news is that there is no “right way” or “wrong way” to do a morning routine and morning routines do not need to take a long time or be complicated.
It allows you time to focus on yourself, and allows you to set the tone for your day. Like so many people, I have fallen victim to waking up in the morning and immediately picking up my phone and consuming text messages, emails, and social media. For me, and for many of my clients, the problem in doing this is that I was losing control of my day before it even started. I was almost immediately thinking about what other people were doing or what other people needed from me for the day and in doing this, I was putting myself on the back burner day after day. The other thing I have seen many clients struggle with is getting up late, or just in time to rush to get ready for the day. Rushing like this in the morning can result in starting your day feeling behind, anxious, or stressed out.
When you create a morning routine, you are telling yourself that you are worthy of self-care and that it is important for you to have time for yourself, before you allow others into your day. You are also intentionally taking time to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. I have made adjustments to my morning routine based on what I am prioritizing in my life and as I mentioned, there is not a “best way” to do a morning routine. What I do think matters the most is consistency. When you are consistent with a morning routine it becomes a habit that you will be more likely to prioritize each day. In addition, if there are others who live with you, they will be more likely to recognize and respect this time you have carved out for yourself as well.
There are lots of options of things to include in a morning routine depending on what feels most important to you. Below are many suggestions that you can incorporate into a morning routine. As is the case with any habit, it can be helpful to start with one or two things maximum and stick with those for a few weeks. You can then assess how you are feeling and eliminate something if it does not feel like it is working, or add on another item onto what you have already established.
Things you may want to consider adding into your morning routine:
I encourage you to give it a try and see how it benefits you. In working with hundreds of people who either have morning routines, or who I have helped create morning routines, I have never heard anyone say they regret putting one in place.
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