Creating and successfully maintaining a morning routine can have astronomical benefits to a healthier and more productive lifestyle if done right.
However, upon endless research to find the right morning routine for me, I came up empty-handed. That’s because the right one for you may not be the right one for me.
In this post, I’ll be sharing my own personal morning routine (that I’m still successfully maintaining) and help you create your own that works for you.
Why even have a morning routine?
I suppose we all already kinda have a morning routine without even thinking about it. We all sort of get into the habit of doing certain things after waking up in the morning (or whatever your schedule may be for those of you who work the night shift). For example, brushing our teeth, drinking coffee, getting ready for work, and hopefully cooking up a healthy breakfast before heading out the door.
Having a morning routine that actually works has plenty of benefits. Our productivity and time management depends on how we feel and our energy levels that day. The best way to get those energy levels high is starting the day with them. A morning routine can also alleviate stress since you’re sort of preparing yourself mentally and emotionally from the get-go. This means you’re getting in front of what the day has in store instead of the other way around. Now YOU’RE in control!Having a morning routine on purpose and on your own terms can bring many benefits to your overall health, mindfulness and productivity. Click To Tweet
So that’s why I’m writing this, to hopefully give you some ideas on how you could create your own morning routine to fit your specific lifestyle.
But let’s be real, who wants to wake up earlier to do this list of things in the morning? No, thank you. This is why I don’t believe there’s a “morning routine template” out there because people’s lives are so different from each other.
Why I Started My Own Routine
Due to the coronavirus, I began working from home at the end of March and have been ever since, it’s now May. So in order to have a more focused day of work and keep up my energy, I needed to change my lifestyle a bit. Having this morning routine has definitely had a positive impact on my overall mental health while in self-quarantine. Not only have a noticed a difference in my energy, but it’s also keeping me sane through all of this.
The greatest benefit I’ve seen since starting my morning routine is the low effects of anxiety. I’m actually surprised at how little anxiety I’ve felt (although I’ve still felt it) since this all started. Preparing my mind and having sort of a self-care ritual at the beginning of the day has played an essential role in my positive outlook through this pandemic.
If you read my post about having relocation depression after I moved to Las Vegas at the beginning of March, you’ll know I wasn’t at my best not too long ago. But my morning routine has given me the chance to settle into my new home and new life and change how I feel.
10 Morning Routine Ideas You Can Try
You won’t know what works for you if you don’t at least try it. So I’ve written down the 10 things I do every morning to have a better and more productive day:
- No phone at least an hour after waking up.
- Stretch those muscles out as soon as I wake up.
- Skin care routine.
- Open the blinds, let the sun in.
- Make my bed.
- Drink water.
- Meditate for at least 10 minutes.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Do at least one chore.
- Write a to-do list for the day.
How To Maintain Your Routine
I like to think of it more of a lifestyle change as opposed to just a routine. It’s not something I should be forcing myself to do and neither should you. The purpose for a morning routine is to feel better, have more energy and be more productive during the day. So in order to have more days like that, it starts with the mindset.
The first thing you may want to do to maintain the routine is to write it down. If you’re anything like me, writing stuff like this down can help you keep track of what you’re testing out and what you like and what you don’t. After a few times, you won’t really need to check your notes, it’ll become part of your lifestyle. And that’s what we’re after!
Switch It Up
Another great way of maintaining this routine is to switch it up every now and then.
“But wouldn’t I need to keep doing the same thing every day so that it becomes second nature and part of my lifestyle?”
Yes. And no. Yes because as you may already know, it can take weeks before a behavior becomes automatic. (I’d check out this article here for more info on how long it takes to form a habit, for your learning pleasures) And no because a routine can get repetitive and boring and that may be the very thing that makes you want to stop.
To avoid that, switch it up. Maybe go back to your notes and try some of the things that didn’t work the first time you tried them and try them again. Add your own twist, check Pinterest for more ideas or just Google it! Get creative. But make sure it’s something you enjoy doing every morning. That’s the kicker. You’ll have a much more difficult time maintaining your morning routine if you’re not enjoying it and seeing results. (I mean, that’s just a fact in general!)
Now Go Get Your Own Morning Routine Started
And now it’s up to you! I hope this helped and I’d love to hear what your morning routine looks like! Maybe you’ll give me ideas for mine.
Just remember, this is for you. It’s so you can reach your full potential during the day and feel good while doing it. It starts with the right mindset. So let’s have a good morning every morning!
P.S. I’ll also be sharing my evening routine, it’s just as important and the morning so stay tuned for that!