I hit snooze between 5 – 7 times before my body and mind decide it’s satisfied and it’s time to get up. Unsurprisingly, I’m late and barely have time to eat breakfast, gulping down my coffee as I rush out the door in the mornings. What we wouldn’t do for that extra 15-minutes of sleep, am I right? This is why having a morning routine is so important.
The thought of waking up before 7 am is a mini form of torture. I hate it. Unfortunately, as someone who has just celebrated 29 years of life, I’ve realized that it’s time to put on my big girl pants and *try* to become a morning person. I love the comfort of my bed, but I also love the comfort of a routine, I wanted to create a morning routine that would get me excited to wake up at 6 am every morning. I also wanted to make sure that these habits would be easy to stick to and would benefit my daily life.
It’s not always easy, but you can make the most of your mornings with a few of these simple ideas:
Why A Morning Routine?
There’s a lot being said about morning routines, including the fact that it’s all the rage amongst successful people like Oprah and Gweneth Paltrow. I’d love to be as successful as them, and I’m sure you’d love that too, so that’s always a great reason.
Ever felt a rush when you’ve managed to tick something off your to-do list? When you’re able to accomplish tasks you’ve set for yourself in the morning, no matter how small, the brain releases some sweet-sweet dopamine which is a great way to get you feeling great and motivated for the rest of the day. Having a strong morning routine is also a great way to boost productivity, allowing you to achieve your goals effortlessly. Not to mention, it’s a fantastic way to ease anxiety.
“If you win the morning, you win the day.” – Tim Ferris.
1. Use Your Time Wisely
Is it too early in the morning to be learning a new language? If you have a few extra minutes in the morning, use it wisely. Watching the morning news or reading up on current affairs could be a great way to maximize your mornings, and it’s something Barack and Michelle Obama enjoy doing too! While staying on top of current affairs is always great, it can become pretty uninteresting. Reading a book before heading out the door or enjoying an inspiring podcast that’s bound to peak your motivation during your commute to work are other great ways to get the best from your mornings.
2. Gratitude Journal
We’re constantly bombarded with hundreds of thoughts the moment we wake, some are amazing (how cute is this dress), and some are not so great (I look fat in this dress). Finding time to sit down and make a list of all the things you’re grateful for is a great way to gain perspective and to say thank you for all the things you already have in your life. Start by listing three things you’re thankful for, perhaps a beautiful sunrise or getting that awesome parking space. Once you start writing, you’ll begin to notice just how many things you have to be thankful for in your life. Using a gratitude journal is also great to use in the evenings or before bed.
3. Treat Yourself:
I’m the number one advocate for self-care. It’s so important, especially when you have a busy day ahead of you. Practising self-care in the morning doesn’t have to be a schlep; instead, it can be as simple as making yourself a delicious breakfast or adding a few minutes to your skincare routine. Anything that’s bound to put a smile on your face and make you feel great for the day should be added!
4. No Phone:
After reaching for my phone and hitting snooze several times, I find myself groggily scrolling through Instagram for the next 5 minutes, dreaming about drinking cocktails on a beach instead of trying to jolt myself awake. Starting your day checking texts and scrolling Instagram is a great way to make you feel unmotivated and creates a feeling of “not being good enough” (as social media usually does). Switch your phone to airplane mode or simply keep it face down during your morning routine. This is a great way to not get distracted by notifications and instead, you’ll be able to focus on the present moment. Take a deep breath and enjoy your morning! If you’re unable to avoid checking your phone, try and avoid it for the first 30 minutes of your morning before you start answering messages.
5. Set An Intention
I never fully understood what “setting an intention” for the day meant, that was until I found this definition about setting intentions: “ it’s a purposeful awareness of how you want to experience something”.
It’s easy to scroll through Instagram and see something you don’t like and then feel miserable about it all day, or get out of bed, stub your toe and exclaim: “it’s going to be a sh*tty day if this is the way it starts”. We’ve all been there, myself included. Intentions are a great way to get your mind and spirit into a good vibe, creating a mindset that allows you to be present instead of rushing about on autopilot
After hitting the snooze button, take a few minutes to notice how you feel. If your intention for the day is to simply have a great day, perhaps you could try saying: “I intend to discover the beauty and peacefulness throughout my day”.
6. Do What Works For You
What works for me might not work for you. You’d never catch me going for a jog at 6 am, but that’s something that you might enjoy doing. Do things that please you and that you love. Having a strong morning routine is a wonderful way to make you feel like you’ve got the day by the short and curlies, and that you’re able to achieve your goals and intentions!
Creating a morning routine is all about setting you up for the day; making it great and filled with motivation and sprinkles of creativity.