I wanted to write a post on why you need a good morning routine a while ago – but I admit I was really lacking hard on mine. It’s a struggle for me to find a groove sometimes, and the dull, gray mornings don’t help. I know there is something magical about waking up when it’s still dark and most of the world is asleep, but there is also something super cozy about it that makes my tired butt want to stay in bed forever.
That being said, there are the times when I haven’t focused on my morning routine, and I am left feeling like I am constantly catching up with the day. On the times I do focus on my morning routine, I feel like I can run the world, if not my own little home, with energy, grace, playfulness, and love. All things that my boys depend on me for.
Currently, I feel like I am really rocking my morning routine, and I want you to rock yours too! I promise even doing a few of these things each morning will change your day completely!
As a side note before I start, my point of view, of course, is as a wife + mother. For myself, waking up well before my kiddies do, is essential to me sticking with my morning routine, and having the best day ever. I need that quiet, uninterrupted time for myself, to get into the right mindset for the day. Quiet + uninterrupted, doesn’t exist when my little ones are awake. I also want to point out, a big part of my morning is making coffee. The daily routine of boiling the water, grinding the coffee beans and waiting the 3 minutes for the coffee to brew, is almost like therapy for me in the morning. The warmth from the kettle, the smell in the air…for me, it’s pure bliss. This is essential to my day, but coffee is so personal, so I am leaving it out because of this particular post because, you do you.
So, here are a few things to add to your morning routine so you can have the best day ever!
Lay in bed + think about what you are thankful for.
Yes…my first suggestion is to stay in bed… haha! We are heading on the right track I promise! This gives you some time to mentally wake up, so it’s easier to physically wake up. I also think bringing the positive things that are in your life to the forefront of your mind, will give you a better outlook on the day.
I tend to beat myself up at the end of the day, with all the things I feel like I failed on; how I could have been more patient with my boys or said I love you more to my husband. I do think it’s healthy to examine yourself + put perspective on how you can grow, but this isn’t the time for that. Think about all the things you have to be grateful for!
Don’t look at your phone for the first hour you are awake.
Pretty self-explanatory. I touched on this in my post on How to disconnect – in a connected world. If you have trouble being able to unplug I encourage you to check it out! I think sometimes we can all have this problem, but I think it’s essential that we know how to do it. Disconnect, to connect.
Drink detox water
This is a more specific habit in my routine, but it’s one that no matter who you are or what your life looks like, this will benefit you. People drink detox water for so many different things. You can find tons of detox water recipes to target all kinds of things in your body. For myself, I drink a simple one to target natural wellbeing. No miracle weight loss drink or colon cleanse…just water that will promote a healthy body!
My current detox water consists of 1 cup of water, juice from half a lemon, 1 dash of cayenne pepper + 1 dash of turmeric. Lemon, for the daily immune boost. Cayenne pepper, which aids digestion, boosts metabolism + helps move toxins out of the body. Lastly, turmeric for the powerful medicinal properties + is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Burn some calories
Personally, I like to jump on the elliptical right when I get out of bed for a half an hour. My husband has been helping me stick with this…because this is the hardest one for me to stay consistent on. Though, when I do, it energizes me for the day & makes me feel like I have accomplished something when the morning has barely even started! Whether it be yoga, stretching, going for a run or walk. Do something that gets you moving!
Whether you cut out half an hour to read or ten minutes to read, going through a few pages of your favourite book or reading a few verses in your bible, can really change your day. Take the time to be in the mind of someone else. Take the time, to be transported to a place that isn’t where you sit.
The best moments in reading, are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you, and now, here it is, set down by someone else. A person you have never met, someone who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
– Alan Bennett
I lied. I know I said I struggled most with working out in the morning…but this has somehow become a big hurdle for me as well. I LOVE breakfast. If I could eat breakfast food for every meal I would (except on Friday pizza nights…) Though somehow, after getting everyone’s breakfast ready, I forget to make myself breakfast – & wonder why, later in the morning, I am so grumpy. Having breakfast is crucial. If you can give yourself the time to make it, eat it, and enjoy it, you would be amazed at how awesome you feel.
Get up before everyone else
I mentioned before, I have to get up before my boys so I can have the quiet time. It essentially allows me to do all the things I have mentioned above, without the interruption. Technically I should have started out with this point, but I wanted to lay out all the things you can do if you get up before your kids, maybe even your spouse (though mine is up at 5 am working out downstairs so technically it is still my own quiet time). If you are single + live alone, try getting up an hour earlier than usual to see what you can fit in!
Photo courtesy of Curious Fox Photography
One thing that can positively affect my day so much, is when my husband + I are both rocking our morning routines. When we are able to actually sit together with our coffees and read before the day starts. It’s something so simple, but starting out together in a way that isn’t chaotic and rushed just nourishes me so much.
As crucial as bedtime habits are, never underestimate the power of your morning routine.
What are some of your morning routine habits?