Building a Morning Routine
Updated: Apr 13
Spring has sprung! Our mornings are brighter and spirits are higher. This combination can make getting out of bed in the morning to allow enough time for a more intentional morning routine much easier. So take advantage of this extra sunlight and set your future self up for morning habits that will increase your happiness, health (both physically and mentally), focus and a sense of control over your days.
For many of us, mornings look a bit like this - snooze the alarm clock 4 or 5 times, roll out of bed with just enough time to brush your teeth, get dressed and grab a cup of coffee before rushing out of the house to make it to work just before the clock strikes 8:00am. This rushed morning leads to a rushed life and your focus being torn in one direction and then the other as your day goes on, without much space for presence and nourishing our mind, body and spirit.
By taking time to set your day up in an intentional way and tapping into what your body needs each day, you will find that you begin to feel more grounded, more intentional and have an overall beneficial impact on your life and health as a whole. Your morning routine doesn't have to take too long either, just giving yourself an extra 15-30 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference.
So how do you create a morning routine that helps you reap all these benefits? Consider these 3 things to incorporate into your morning routine:
1. Start by taking time to just breathe and ground yourself in the morning. This with guided meditation, prayer or just setting your timer for 5 minutes and paying attention to your breath. Practicing grounding can make us feel more confident, peaceful and bring more clarity on where we should place importance on our to-do lists for the day.
2. Write down what you're grateful for. Gratitude has been shown to improve physical and psychological health, improve self esteem and enhance empathy and lower aggression.
3. Tap in and ask yourself what you need to be your best self that day. What style of movement would feel best? What foods is your body craving? Do you need a phone call with your best friend? Or some time with your partner to reconnect? So often our days are filled with what other people need from us - kids, employers, partners and on and on. Take time to see how good it feels to just do something for yourself and what a difference that can make in your mood each day.
Until next time,