Good morning! Happy Friday everyone. I am so excited to write this post about how to create a powerful morning routine. As I sit here writing this post, I have already been awake for about an hour. My morning routine is sacred to me and practice it everyday. It helps me start my day feeling happy and confident. It sets me up to feel in a good, calm place before the busyness of my day begins.
Years ago, I never had a morning routine. I would sleep in and basically jump out of bed rushing to get ready for work. I felt rushed, frazzled and grumpy. It wasn't until I started implementing a morning routine that I felt a sense of calm. Creating a solid morning routine can do just that for you. Do you feel rushed? frazzled? or anxious in the morning? If the answer is yes, please read on because Im going to give you some powerful tips to start implementing a morning routine to give you that sense of peace you are craving.
First I will give you a brief overview of what my mornings look like. Most nights I am asleep between 8:30-9:00 p.m. This is because I cannot keep my eyes open! Every morning I am awake by 4:30. I think it is so important to get at least 7hrs of sleep to feel and function well. I usually wake before my alarm goes off. This is because my body is so use to waking up at the same time everyday it has its own built-in internal alarm clock. Pretty cool right? Upon wakening I go downstairs to pour my first cup of coffee. *Tip* (set the coffee pot the night before so it's ready for you when you wake up) After I make my creamy coffee, I take my journal and set myself up on the cozy couch. While I sip my warm coffee, I journal for about 5-10 minutes. After my journaling process I do some meditation breathing practices. This can last anywhere from 2-10 minutes. (I am trying to go longer with my breathe work). Once I am finished with that I can open up my laptop and watch a motivational video, or work on my website. Then I get ready for work. This is all before my kids are awake!
I think if you are a parent it is imperative that you wake up before everyone in your house is awake to give yourself that much deserved quiet time. As parents, life is so busy when we have kids. Waking up to your child in your face first thing in the morning demanding your attention is not a positive way to start the day. Even if you wake up a half hour before everyone else is up, I promise you that you will be a better parent for it.
So now lets get to the good part. How to start creating a powerful morning routine!
1. First decide on a time you want to wake up in the morning so you can set your alarm for that time the night before and be intentional about getting up. If waking up an hour earlier seems too daunting to you, maybe build yourself up to it. Start small with waking up 15 minutes earlier for one week. Then the following week do 20 minutes earlier, then 30 minutes the next week, until you have built up to an hour or two earlier. Starting slow will help build your confidence and prep your body ready for waking up earlier.
2. Once you have set your alarm and decided on a time, remove the snooze button from your phone. If you are using a regular alarm clock be intentional about NOT hitting that snooze button when you wake up in the morning. Hitting snooze sends you back into a sleep cycle and makes it much harder to get up, and then can leave you feeling groggy for hours after. A wonderful tool to use is to count down from 5 to1 (5,4,3,2,1)
when your alarm goes off and get out of bed.
3. Once you have gotten up make sure to not turn on the news or go on your phone to check e-mail or social media. Starting your day with negative messages can leave you feeling down and depressed with yourself. Instead I encourage you to get your coffee, or tea or whatever it may be you start your day with, and journal or meditate. You can get a prompted journal or just a plain notebook to write your thoughts, values, gratitude, and intentions down for the day. Mediation also takes practice. Start with two minutes of breathe work and build up from there.
So these are my top three tools and practices to start creating a powerful morning routine. The whole point of a morning routine is some time to yourself before you day starts and you go through all the busy motions of life. I promise you if you implement a good morning routine in your life you will see positive benefits. Your mood will increase, you will have less anxiety, you will experience less of that "noise" in your head and you will feel like you took care of yourself and did something for YOU that day.
Try implementing a morning routine if you haven't already, and I would love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments any questions or thoughts that come up for you around this. Have a wonderful weekend!