Start making your morning routine work FOR you and your dreams
Ahh, the dreaded mornings. I feel ya, there’s nothing like the comfort of your bed in the wee hours of the morning.
Your brain is telling you that hitting the snooze button isn’t that big of a deal. You need extra sleep. You can just do it tomorrow.
But it’s no secret that having a morning routine can set you up for success throughout the day. But for busy go-getter women like ourselves, it can be tough to find the time to create a morning routine that includes self-care and still allows you to get everything done.
it is possible to create a morning routine that will help you reach your goals and not feel tired.
Taking the time to incorporate self-care and spend some quality time with yourself will increase your resiliency. On top of that, it will help you tackle any challenges of the day.
Creating a morning routine will change you from a reactionary state and constantly on the go to a proactive state and intentional state.
If you’re able to create a morning routine where you can:
- Set intentions for the day
- Work on your mindset through activities (i.e. affirmation, journaling, or meditating)
- Do one thing that will get you closer to your goals
then you are going to be able to do amazing things! Reach heights you never dreamed of.
All because you woke up a little earlier than you need to.
I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. After all, you aren’t going to wanna jump out of bed tomorrow. Especially, when you’re notorious for snoozing until the last minute.
But trust me, if you put in the effort and the reps to get up early every day for 30 days, it will get a little easier.
Because magic really does happen when you aren’t rushing around in the morning. When you give yourself some quality time to really reflect and indulge in some self-care.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with five simple tips to help you create a morning routine that works for you.
5 Tips for Creating a Morning Routine That Works
1. Plan your ideal morning out
One of the most important aspects of a morning routine is giving yourself some time to wake up and get ready for the day ahead.
If you wake up early and then rush to get out of the door anyways, it is counterproductive on the whole mental health front.
When I first started taking my mornings seriously, I set my alarm an hour earlier to work out but by the time I got to the gym, warmed up, exercised, drove home, showered, and ate breakfast, I was running around like a mad woman.
So it is really important to be intentional about your time. Take some time to journal or reflect on what an ideal morning would be for you. Do you want to get your workout in, spend some time being grateful, take the time to meditate, enjoy your cup of coffee or tea, or sit still in your thoughts?
Once you know what you want your morning routine to include, it’s time to get intentional about timing.
How long does it take you to drive to the gym, the time in the gym, the drive home, and take a shower?
How long do you want to meditate?
Once you know how long everything is going to take then I would add at least ten minutes to each activity. That way you have some buffer time AND if you get done early, then you have a little extra time for yourself so go you!
This way it reduces the stress of getting everything done.
It also helps you to identify how long your ideal morning takes. Maybe you realize you have 2 hours’ worth of activities but you don’t want to get up at 5 am to do them all. Is there a way to minimize your routine and still reach your goals?
2. Get moving with some light exercise or stretches
No, I don’t mean that you necessarily have to do a full-blown workout. Unless that’s your jam. (I personally love getting my training out of the way before my day drains my energy or unexpected plans come up).
Starting your day with some light exercise or stretches is a great way to get your body moving and your blood flowing. Remember, It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous, just enough to get your body warmed up for the day.
3. Drink some water
You literally haven’t had a cup of water in HOURS. Trust me, your body could use a glass of water. The bonus is then you have one glass down for your daily ounces for the day.
This article from Healthline talks about the potential benefits of drinking water as soon as you wake up () but I truly believe it helps me become more awake and ready to start the day.
4. Make sure to include one habit that complements your goal.
When setting goals, you have to become a slightly different person. Meaning that there is something that you need to change about what you are currently doing.
Your morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. So if your goal is to lose weight, what can you do in the morning to lose the weight?
Is it exercising? Cooking a nutritious breakfast? Packing a nutritious lunch
If you start out by being a healthier version of yourself, you can bring that momentum into the rest of your day when you’re deciding what to eat for lunch or if you should take the stairs.
So look at your goals and determine a habit that you need to incorporate into your routine to reach that goal and start off your day on the right foot.
5. Evaluate your morning routine after the 30 days to see if has helped you get closer to your goals.
It is going to be really hard to create and perfect your morning routine right out of the gate. You should try different activities or rituals to see what works best for you.
However, I would spend a full 30 days doing that morning routine. That way you can really know if it actually doesn’t serve you or it was just your limiting beliefs trying to keep you in your comfort zone.
Because it is not going to be easy at first. You are going to want to stay in bed and keep to your normal routine.
Part of goal setting is growing and if you aren’t changing, you aren’t growing. And change isn’t easy. As humans, it is natural to want to stay in your comfort zone. But you won’t reach your dreams if you stay there.
So give it a go and if after 30 days, you still don’t like it. Switch it up.
Creating a morning routine can seem like a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
It is going to take some time and some internal battles to find a morning routine that you actually enjoy.
But getting up in the morning and accomplishing something first thing is so empowering. It really does set the tone for the rest of the day and adds some ka-ching to that confidence jar of yours.
The most important thing is to find what works for you and stick with it.
With these five tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a morning routine that helps you reach your goals and feels good at the same time.
Until next time,
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