Ideas for a morning routine to get your day started on the right foot.
If you’re like me, you know that a morning routine is beneficial. Maybe you’ve even tried it once or twice and you’ve seen the benefits firsthand.
However, it is a particularly cold morning and your bed is extra comfy and that snooze button is calling your name.
You come up with all the excuses…
“I need the extra sleep”
“I’ll do whatever I had planned after work”
“Meh, my morning routine isn’t making a huge difference in my life anyways”
and you give in to those inner voices and hit snooze and fall back asleep.
Only to wake up more tired than you originally were.
And of course, to top it off, you now have to run around like a mad woman to get out of the house on time.
We’ve all been there. I know I have many times in my life. However, that was just proof that I hadn’t cultivated the perfect morning routine. Because when you find one that clicks, you want to get up.
You’re almost, dare I say it, excited to jump out of bed before the sun comes up. All because you know what an impact it has on your mental and physical health.
Benefits of a Morning Routine
Morning routines are a great way to start your day off on the right foot. You are able to get more done and work on yourself before the craziness of life sets in.
One of life’s greatest joys is being able to check things off your to-do list and keep that promise to yourself not to hit snooze fifty times. I always feel so accomplished if before I start my workday, I’ve already accomplished one of my goals.
And the icing on the cake is that if a friend texts me for an impromptu happy hour, I can happily accept without pushing my goals aside because I’ve already worked towards it.
I could go on and on about how great morning routines are but let’s dive into some of the main benefits:
You’re more productive
When you have a set routine in the morning, you are less likely to waste time because you know what you need to do. You’ve created a routine after all so you have a general idea of what you’re going to do.
After all, there is no point to wake up early, just to wake up early. You set intentions and some goals that you want to accomplish. Whether that is quiet time or getting ahead on your dreams. It can set the tone for the rest of the day.
For example, when I was training for a half marathon, I knew I was getting up at 5 a.m. and getting my butt to the gym. I had it perfectly planned out that I had enough time to warm up, get my run in, get home, shower, eat breakfast and make it to work in plenty of time. I was ready to accomplish anything that the day threw at me.
Nowadays, I plan my morning routine to work on my side hustle. I love being able to get my blog post written or content created before life gets in the way and I’m too tired. It really reduces the stress of my day by getting things done early.
A quality morning routine can help you get more done in the morning so that you can relax in the evening or use that extra time to work on something else that’s important to you.
You’re less stressed
If you’re anything like me, then you tend to stress about everything (or at least it feels like it).
Having a morning routine can help alleviate some of that stress because you aren’t running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
It may also help that you can check that thing off your to-do list and get it out of the way. To go back to my half marathon days, it was way less stressful to get the run out of the way first thing than to worry about when I was going to get it done after work.
Plus, checking things off your list will give you a sense of accomplishment and help reduce anxiety throughout the day.
You have more time for yourself
One of the best parts about having a morning routine is that it gives you more time for yourself!
Self-care is so important and vital if you want to be a functioning human being. However, it can sometimes be pushed to the side because it isn’t seen as urgent. I get it, life gets in the way and it is easy to tell yourself that you don’t need that time to yourself (especially in today’s society).
But if you incorporate self-care into your daily routine, you’ll be able to recharge those batteries and be able to show up 100% in all aspects of your life.
Whether that means taking a few extra minutes in the shower, going for a run, or reading a chapter of your book while enjoying a cup of coffee, carving out time for yourself in the morning can improve your mental well-being.
You’re more likely to stick to your goals
If you’re trying to eat healthier or exercise more, having a set routine in the morning can help you stay on track because it becomes part of your daily routine instead of something that you have to make time for separately.
It sets the intention for the day. If you start the day off by eating a nutritious breakfast, you’ll feel more nourished and full so you won’t be as tempted to reach for that bag of chips later in the day.
I love working on my goals first thing in the morning because that is when I am fully present. The world is still sleeping so there aren’t nearly as many distractions.
I’m not drained from life pulling me in a thousand different directions. I’m ready to get to work.
Plus, once it becomes part of your routine, it’s easier to stick with it long-term!
These are just some of the benefits of a morning routine. I don’t want to sound dramatic but a morning routine can be truly life-changing. It’s all about finding a routine that works for you.
Tips on creating a morning routine that works for you
Now that we’ve touched on some of the benefits, let’s chat about creating a morning routine that you’re obsessed with.
One thing to keep in mind is that your morning routine is going to be unique to you. What works for me may not work for you so it may take some trial and error.
However, here is what I suggest when getting started:
Get a good night’s sleep
This might seem like a no-brainer, but getting enough sleep is crucial to having a successful morning routine.
If you’re exhausted when you wake up, then it’s going to be that much harder to get out of bed and start your day.
So, make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night!
This may be easier said than done, but try to get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. If you lie in bed and tell yourself you need a minute to compose yourself, trust me, you’re going to fall back to sleep.
One of the easiest methods is Mel Robbins’s 5-second rule. It’s as simple as when your alarm goes off, count backward from 5 and get yourself out of bed.
Start with the basics
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Just like anything, you should ease into it.
I think every routine should include:
- Something for your mind
- Something for your soul
- Something for your body
It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or even long. Pick one thing for each of these things and do it for ten minutes. Once you feel good about that, you can either increase the time or the number of things.
Don’t go from zero to 100
Bouncing off that, it’s important to not overload your morning routine with too many things. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to it!
In the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, he suggests that you do 6 practices. I honestly felt rushed doing all 6 things and it was just about checking it off my list versus actually benefitting from these practices.
So I personally believe in less is more in this situation.
After all, you aren’t trying to stress yourself out. The point is to do the opposite of that.
Your morning routine should be flexible so that it can adapt to your changing needs.
For example, if you have a busy week ahead, you might want to wake up a few minutes earlier so that you can have some extra time to get things done.
Or, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you might want to simplify your routine for a few days.
I honestly change up my routine depending on what season we’re in. For example, winter mornings are much slower than summer mornings when the sun is out greeting me.
It is what feels right for my body and what season of life I’m in.
For example, what I do is take out the exercise portion of my morning and incorporate it later in the day. That way I can hide under a blanket and work on my business or my personal growth and not be forced outside in the cold.
Your morning routine should be something that you look forward to, not something that you dread. For me, going outside in the dark and cold isn’t enjoyable to me so I wait until the sun comes out to go work out in my garage.
So, make sure to include things that you enjoy doing! This could be anything from reading a book, listening to music, or taking a yoga class.
And remember, feel free to adjust your routine! You aren’t stuck to any one routine. We change therefore our needs change.
51 Morning Routine Ideas
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few morning routine ideas from each of the categories I recommend to get you started. I would pick one from each category and incorporate those into your routine. Once it becomes a new habit and feels easy, feel free to add more!
For your Body
- Drink Water
- Eat a nutritious breakfast
- Pack your lunch
- Take multivitamins
- Take probiotics
- Drink a Green Juice
- Take supplements
- Practice Yoga
- Strength Train
- Go for a Run
- Go for a walk
- Any exercise that brings you joy
- Brush your teeth
- Wash your face
For your Mind
- Positive Affirmations
- Gratitude (things you are grateful about yesterday, gratitude prompts, etc)
- Sit in silence
- Listen to a podcast
- Get inspired (Pinterest)
- Crossword puzzle
- Make your Bed
- Review your calendar
- Schedule your day
- Prioritize tasks
- Work on your side biz
- Work towards your goal
- Review your Budget
- 20-minute cleaning session
- Learn (online course, TED talk, youtube)
For your Soul
- Get Some Sun
- Screen-free time
- Listen to music
- Cuddle a pet or partner
- Watch an episode of your favorite/current TV show
- Drink Tea or Coffee
- Open a window
- Light a candle or diffuse essential oil
- Water your plants
Free Morning Routine Template and list of Ideas
Do you want to take this blog post on the go? If you sign up for my email list below, then you’ll receive a FREE morning routine template and the list of morning routine ideas in this post.
I use to provide a morning routine checklist but I realized that didn’t work for you because your morning routine has to be unique to you!
What works for me may not work for you and I wanted your checklist to reflect that.
So now this fillable PDF is the perfect way to keep track of your morning routine and see what is clicking and what isn’t.
A morning routine can be extremely beneficial for both your mental and physical health.
It can help increase productivity, reduce stress, and give you more time for yourself! If you’re looking to create a morning routine that works for you, start by brainstorming what activities would be most beneficial for YOU specifically.
Maybe that means taking some time each morning to meditate or working out first thing in the morning so that it’s out of the way.
Once you have an idea of what YOU want/need from a morning routine, start small by incorporating one or two new activities into your existing daily routine until it feels natural!
And remember to snag your copy of my morning routine template so you can check your activities off a to-do list and customize it to fit your needs!
Until next time,
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