My Morning Routine
Ah, mornings. You either love them or you hate them. I’ve grown to love the morning sunlight as I’ve taken it as an opportunity to set the tone for a new day. I have developed a routine that keeps me checking things off my to-do list and feeling accomplished by the end of the work day. The way we choose to spend our mornings lays the foundation for mediocre or extraordinary results. Find what works for you and your personality – here’s what works for mine:
Make the bed.
It’s a simple task that gives you that sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning. It gives you a feeling of “BOOM. One thing done. Onto the next one.” It’s one of first steps that some of the most successful people in the world have in common for their morning routine. For anyone that has a hard time starting their day, this quick chore is an easy way to ignite positivity and drive to accomplish more.
Read meditation book.
My favorite read in the morning is Melody Beattie’s Journey To The Heart. I find that when I read something in the morning, instead of sit in bed on social media, my mind is clearer, I am generally in a better mood. Waking up and instantly scrolling can subject some to comparison and raise anxiety levels first thing in the morning. This book is filled with short meditation scriptures that are warm, honest, and compassionate. It has helped me find a path of spiritual growth and renewal in times that I feel stuck through energizing and confirming words that allow me to reflect. I bring it with me anywhere that I’ll be spending the night – on a vacation or a weekend getaway.
It’s not a lie that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can play a huge role in blood sugar levels, cravings, and satiety. Having a balanced breakfast of healthy fat, fiber, greens, and protein gives you energy well into lunch time so you can get as much done while not being distracted by tummy rumbles and cravings. My favorite breakfasts are egg scrambles with a bunch of veggies, avocado, and protein like turkey bacon or a steel cut oatmeal with nut butter, berries, chia seeds, and pure maple syrup! On days that I’m not too hungry I’ll make a fun coffee or matcha drink! A couple of my favorite drinks include this one, and this one!
After I have a bit of quiet time, I put on my favorite upbeat song and dance. My dog looks at me like I’m insane but I started doing this about a year ago when I fell into a bit of a depression after returning home from living in Southeast Asia. Whether its Taylor Swift, Purity Ring, or Grateful Dead, dancing sends a slew of endorphins through your body. It gets my blood moving first thing, starts my day out with a smile and makes me feel like no matter what is situation is thrown my way, I’ll handle it from a positive and optimistic perspective.
Make a to-do list.
Laying your tasks out for the day is a great way to feel grounded and gives you a chance to look at your day from a more organized and manageable perspective. I make to-do lists because I like to get stuff done, and I get a small high when I get to check something off my list. Being able to fall back on the comfort of a list allows your brain to take a break from the stress of trying to make sure all your tasks are remembered. It’s a great time management strategy by eye-balling the amount of time each task will take to do and prioritizing more important items first. You’re also more likely to get that one thing done that you’ve been putting off for weeks if you write it down – cause nobody likes staring at an empty check box.
Leave my apartment.
As someone who has the flexibility to work from home, it can be easy to talk yourself into staying your PJ’s all day and working from the comfort of your dining table, or even your bed. I find that if I do that consecutively for 2-3 days (usually happens during the unforgivable Minnesota winters), my anxiety increases, I’m more irritable, and I seem to get in slumps of not working out and craving sugary foods. I find so much comfort in cozy coffee shops surrounded by other hard-working individuals. Your home should be a place for things other than work – like relaxation, intimacy, and a safe space – it can become complicated when you’re mixing the two.
Finding a routine that works for your personality style, the amount of time you have, and what brings you joy is a good starting point to figure out a routine that will work for you. Making habits of these small action steps in the morning can make for big changes in your life and your mental health.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the morning? Leave a comment below and let me know.