Ask anyone, and they will tell you something along the lines of ‘I heard this is best’, when it comes to setting yourself up for success with your morning routine.
And while suggestions and recommendations are always a good idea- the notion that ‘there is a way that is best’ is not. In reality, there isn’t just one way to create a morning routine, and there sure isn’t a right or wrong way to do it.
In my experience (both in my own life and when working with clients), completely different morning routines can create the exact same (if not very similar) results.
The thing to recognize, is that our lives are incredibly different- and just like our nutrition, we can’t expect to do the same things and get the same results. Therefore, the ‘right’ morning routine is the one that feels right to you.
Starting your day on a chaotic and frazzled note, is only going to cause the rest of your day to feel chaotic and frazzled. Ever wake up late for work and all of a sudden your whole day has gone to crap? That’s the idea.
Whereas, when you start your day on a calm, collected, happy and energizing note- the rest of your day follows suit and you have the BEST day!
Creating a morning routine means that you get to choose to have a good day every day- and doing so is really quite simple. So let’s jump in shall we?
What’s a morning routine?
A morning routine is basically a set of actions that you complete first thing in the morning, before you engage in your ‘big’ daily activity like going to work or school.
These ‘actions’ are limitless and can be in any combination that works for your life, despite previous information would have us believe.
It’s a great idea to look at your ‘current destination’ of where you are in your life, and reflect on how your routine currently looks- ask yourself where can some improvements be made?
Are you hitting the snooze button frequently?
Waking up tired?
Not giving yourself adequate time to get ready?
Eating a nourishing breakfast?
Leaving the house on time?
Depending on how your morning and the rest of your day currently looks, will determine what you can do to change things up and make some improvements.
Some great ideas that you can consider implementing are:
- Breathwork/breathing techniques
- Avoiding your phone
- Writing out your to do list/goals for the day
- Drinking 1-2 big glasses of water
- Have a cup of herbal tea
- Listen to a podcast or book audio
- Eat a nourishing breakfast
- Spend time with loved ones
- Take a walk outside
So how do you create one?
My biggest recommendation is to pause for a minute and understand that the list above although not inclusive, is exhaustive- and by NO means do you need to incorporate all of it.
Or even any of it for that matter!
The suggestions above are merely some examples of what can be done- but you may have a whole list of ideas in your mind that you’d to try or currently utilize, and that’s great!
Personally, I think a good, solid morning routine contains three parts:
Each of these categories can be explored with a variety of actions- and that’s the best part. How you incorporate them is completely up to you!
To start, I suggest looking at the list above and doing your own brainstorming. What do you feel called to try or implement? Is there a particular area of your daily life that needs a little love?
Choose 1 or 2 activities to begin with, and make it a goal to just do 5 minutes of each. As you get used to that action, you can then begin to lengthen it or add additional actions on as you see fit.
Sometimes, you might need to shift how you are currently doing things- like getting up earlier or stopping activities that aren’t benefiting you. Maybe you’ll need to incorporate your kids or spouse into your routine and do things together.
Similarly, you might find with time that an action you chose doesn’t serve you- meaning it doesn’t feel good to do it. In that case, it’s okay to let that action go and choose something else. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this- the best way is the way that feels the best to you.
Change is good- and with a little bit of effort and consistency, you can completely transform what your day looks like.
What my personal morning routine looks like:
As I mentioned above, sometimes you’ll need to adjust how you are doing things to make your morning routine work for you.
Recently, my husband’s work schedule changed and he is now 100% self-employed with me in our food truck (YAY!). But, with that change, meant that our ‘morning routine’ changed too- instead of him going off to work and me having endless time to complete my morning routine, we were now getting up at the same time every morning.
Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue- but, I’ve recognized that I value quiet time first thing in the morning immensely. And my darling husband is the opposite- the extrovert in him LOVES noise first thing, whether that’s videos, TV or the radio.
Therefore, I’ve adjusted my schedule to get up an hour earlier every day. This way I can enjoy my quiet time while I complete my morning routine, and then when he gets up, I’m ready to go!
I spend that full hour doing 3-4 activities, including meditation (generally just sitting in silence), stretching or doing a yoga video, journaling/doing my morning pages, and reading.
The best part? My morning pages incorporate gratitude and affirmations in them too, so it’s an added bonus. And typically after that, hubby is up and we get right into breakfast together.
I’ll also change up or shorten my routine, especially on the weekend.
The important thing to recognize, is it doesn’t have to be the exact same every day to ‘work’. Your routine could very well look different every day, and if that’s what works for you- great!
There you have it babe- I hope these tips help you develop a morning routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Have fun creating it- it really is that simple!
You can also checkout my video HERE that I made to explain this subject as well.
Best of luck babe!