This post was updated on 04/04/20
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Last week I wrote 9 reasons why routine is crucial for a calm mind and life and that your long-term success depends on a solid daily routine. A daily routine provides structure and a logical sequence in our lives. As you become familiar and comfortable with what you have to do each day, it allows you to experience a flow to your day. As you already know what you are doing each day, you can move from task to another with ease and simplicity. Today we’re going to look in more detail at the habits in my morning routine.
I know from personal experience that if there isn’t any structure, I feel stressed, anxious and just overwhelmed. Can you relate to this? There’s a famous quote from Louise Hay about mornings that I love.
“How you start your day is how you live your day and how you live your day is how you live your life”
So how do you want to live your life; in a rush or flustered? Or intentionally design a day that helps you be happy and productive. Living a life that you love. Today I want to specifically talk about your morning routine. (Next week it’s evening routine, and the link’s here) and I’ll link to it then).
I thought about the best way to bring you ideas on morning routines. I started research and note-writing. But the truth is, this is an area that fascinates me and I have been researching it on and off for a while for my morning routine. So today I’m bringing you the 7 habits that make up my morning routine. They work for me and they might inspire you too.
Headspace defines meditation as this:
“It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgement. And eventually you may start to better understand them as well.
There are many forms of mediation practice, but it doesn’t need to be complicated; you know me I’m all about keeping things simple! The Headspace website is a great resource that talks through 16 different types and styles of meditation, if so you would like to know more, this is a great place to visit.
I use a guided meditation, as it helps keep me focused and I like choosing one based on what I need that day. I make sure I am warm enough, often light a candle and sit comfortably where I won’t be disturbed.
Next I make a coffee in my cup of sunshine mug, (it has to be this mug) and I open my journal. Sometimes I free write; take a breath and write whatever I need to clear from my mind, -some people call this morning pages. Other times I use a journal with prompts, such as this one. Writing in a journal after mediation is a great way to go through any thoughts that arose through the practice.
There are so many apps now for journaling and of course there’s the notes section on our phone. My advice would be to leave this for jotting down a quick note when you’re out and about. There is something magical about putting pen to paper. Writing things out on paper, further sinks into your subconscious and helps you to accept it more as reality. Plus when you write something out it takes longer, so you have longer to process your thoughts
This is reading for inspiration and self-development. Something that will fire you up for the day and fill your heart and soul with “you can do this”.
I love actual books for this part of my routine, but it could also be an audio book, podcast or watching an inspirational video on Youtube. Just make sure it relates to your goals and you keep an eye on the time!
Actually I’m going to start bring you more content on reading for self-development, including my #bookofthemonth look out for that starting soon.
Exercise or Stretch
OK, I admit this (the exercise) habit has slipped a little recently and I’m holding myself accountable and saying as of next week it is back into my routine. I do stretch when I wake up. Sometimes due to my neurological condition, I can wake up feeling quite sore and stiff! So some gentle stretches really help with this. Stretching in the morning, helps kick start your energy levels and improves circulation. The NHS website has a 5 minute wake up workout.
Shower and Get Ready for the Day
Even if you are staying at home all day this is still an important habit. Getting dressed in the morning gets your day going and I do believe it can help shape your day. What you wear could either boost your mood or bring it down. Dress in something you feel confident in and that alone will give you motivation for the day ahead. Include jewellery, a little make up and perfume in this too, why not?!
Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
A crucial part of anyone’s morning routine, is a good nutritious breakfast. It is really quick and easy to grab a couple of pieces of toast and occasionally that’s fine. However on a more regular basis, I aim for something with more nutrients. My current favourite is a Green Thickie– A green smoothie with an extra filler so that it is a whole meal. There are 20 examples of fillers you can add to your smoothies, depending on taste and your diet. They also include a portion of seeds or nuts for omega 3. They also of course of greens to provide you with a burst of energy for your morning.
Review calendar and set intentions for the day
The final of my 7 habits in my morning routine is to review my calendar and set my intentions for the day. At the weekend, I quite often do this with my husband as its important that we are on the same page. I really do find, that daily planning is crucial to a calm mind and life. If I start the day without it, I’m just thrown. I quite often see posts on social media, asking if you use a calendar or a paper planner. Well my answer is both! I have (several) Google calendars, but I also love being able to write notes down for the same reasons for journaling by hand. I am a little obsessed with finding the perfect planner though. I’ve got this one on order and I’m excited to see if it works for me.
So there you go, my 7 habits in my morning routine. They inspire me and they might just inspire you too. How do you start your day? Let’s share notes in the comments.