Some days, we leap out of bed, a spring in our step, ready to face the day with a smile.
Other days, we hit snooze on repeat, squirrel beneath our duvets and snap at anyone unlucky enough to stumble into our way. However much you may not believe me, these are the days where you have to create your own sunshine – and that’s where morning routines can come in!
I have to confess that, for a looooong loooong time, I was not a morning person. In fact, I hated them. I was the typical Morning Grump, always waking up foggy-headed and bleary-eyed, snapping and snarling at anyone who (poor loves) would meet me before my first cup of coffee.
I’d stumble and crash about, rushing, rushing, rushing, always running. Of course, I was also always late, never with enough time to look after myself or even shake myself fully awake. I’d often have to skip breakfast, and I’d invariably find myself wearing odd socks and feeling frazzled and stressed by 10am.
That is, until I started a morning routine.
WHY DO YOU NEED A MORNING ROUTINE?
It might seem hard to believe, but trust me when I say that a morning routine can transform your life!
If you’re not naturally a morning person (much like me!), then the very idea of rising a little earlier might have you diving beneath the duvet or hurtling pillows in my direction.
Yet, before you throw your sixth cup of coffee in my face, hear me out. When I began a morning routine, my life almost instantly (perhaps, in fact, instantly) changed for the better. I almost began to enjoy the blearing of my alarm, which heralded the beginning of “Me Time.” Time just for me, before the hustle and bustle of the day can begin, before sleepy-eyed children can tumble out of bed, asking for three different breakfasts and needing me to find missing socks and clean toothpaste from their hair.
The difference in both body and mind when I start my day with a morning routine is HUGE. I feel calmer, happier and ready to face anything which life may throw at me.
And it’s not just me, either. People who have a morning routine have been proven to be more successful, to be filled with productivity, to make wiser choices with their diet and exercise, and to have less stress and more energy. Think about it – you are filling your cup before the day even gets going.
Morning routines may also help you to enjoy better sleep. By rising earlier in the morning (try sunrise!), you will support your body’s natural Circadian Rhythm, which can often go haywire due to our hectic, light-saturated modern-day-lives.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Well, quite honestly, your morning routine can involve anything you fancy! Build the morning routine of your dreams – the sky is your limit.
You see, your morning routine is all about doing what makes you feel good, helping to set you up for a happier, more balanced day. It doesn’t have to take long, either – just fifteen minutes can make all the difference.
Here are some ideas you might like to try:
- Meditation or breath work
- Journaling or free writing
- Creative writing
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Qi Gong
- Taking your coffee outside and listening to the birds sing
- A morning walk
- Sipping warm water and lemon (add a pinch of Himalayan pink salt for electrolyte balance!)
- Preparing a nourishing breakfast
My morning routine goes something like this: I wake up (OK, not quite leaping out of bed – I’m STILL not a morning person) half an hour to an hour earlier. I stretch, pour myself a warm water with organic lemon and then I meditate. Some days, I have 20 minutes, others I only have five. Whatever happens, I do it.
I then repeat my affirmations, write out a list of things I’d love to complete that day, make myself a smoothie and off I go, happy, relaxed and exuding a Zen-like calmness.
When you put it like that, isn’t it worth sacrificing a few extra minutes in bed? Let me know what you would like to try in your morning routine, or share you own routines with be below.