I have started love mornings. No, seriously – despite being the late night, the sleep-loving chick that I am, I have really started to love my mornings after making a good morning routine for myself. I set my alarm an hour before the kids get up to get a precious, whole hour to myself and me only. I have discovered that how I start my day sets the standard for the rest of the day.
When I am working on a new project, I use the mornings to write and get creative. Other times I do yoga or workout, and sometimes I simply drink my coffee while reading and doing my journalling. The mornings have become sacred to me now, and I feel out of sorts if I sleep in.
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Why You Need A Good Morning Routine
Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or only some much needed “me time.” You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings – hopefully, most mornings – you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.
Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?
If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother. I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too. The chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day. You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.
How To Start The Day Right
A good start might mean something different to you than it does to me. I need to wake up slowly before getting the kids ready. My kids can be a bit grumpy too, so I make sure I put on an energizing oil blend in the diffuser, have breakfast ready, and I am fully prepared to give them a good start of the day. We write gratitude lists together and get to enjoy each other’s companies. If I don’t get up before they do, the mornings are chaos. Chaos, I tell you! Missing shoes, lost homework, running late, stress, no snacks, several tantrums (not the kids, by the way) … Sound familiar?
Think about how you would like your days to start. You might be the type to throw in a HIIT workout or go for a run as part of your good morning routine. Or maybe this is an excellent time to start writing that book you have always dreamed of writing? Please let me know how it goes in the comments, babe! Oh, and if you are looking for yoga videos you can do at home as soon as you swing your feet out of the bed, have a look at the link below.