Do you have a morning routine? Have you experienced personally the power of having a morning routine?
Let’s start first and foremost by saying this… it is entirely more important to establish a routine in the morning that is unique to you, your needs, your desires, your time frame, and your life then it is to force yourself into a routine that brings nothing more then added stress.
No morning routine has to look identical to the next in order for it to be successful for your mental health.
There is one reason and one reason only to have a morning routine and that is to take time for yourself to do the things necessary for your success- mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Considering the age I am now, I would say 75% of my life was get up, get ready quick, and go.
I didn’t even consider waking up before I “had” to because why in the world would I lose precious sleep?
Overtime, I realized that I didn’t have to lose sleep, I just needed to adjust my schedule all together.. Go to bed at a healthy time so that I can still get up, perform my routine, and still be rested.
So what is the goal of having a morning routine?
For me I wanted to make the best use of my time before the stresses and demands of life and work hit me. You know, before the world wakes up and the distractions begin…
I wanted to accomplish the mandatory habits that feed my soul before I had the excuse of “I have to get this done” , which hits fast once my day has “begun”.
So whatever this looks like for you, take some time and write down a couple habits that you know would absolutely benefit your mental, emotional, and physical health and make a schedule for yourself.
Establish a consistent time to wake up in the morning so that you can stay consistent in doing what you need to do, to be healthier every day.
Equally as important, save room for “error”.
In other words, you don’t have to be rigid about this. Listen to your body, what is it telling you? Do you need more sleep today? Or would it be out of pure laziness and mistrust of the process to catch those couple extra minutes of snooze?
I will quickly break down for you the absolutely vital pieces of my own personal morning routine and then I encourage you to establish your own.
MY MORNING ROUTINE:
5:30 AM- Wake up and workout
(I personally have the most physical energy really early and right when I wake up. So because I have acknowledged that about myself, I know that if I don’t perform my workout right when I wake up, I either won’t workout at all or I will workout with a poor attitude.)
6:45-7AM- Drink water with electrolytes, stretch and make my coffee
(It is important to me to make sure I am well hydrated especially after a workout for recovery and before I drink my coffee.)
(I like to be clean and warm before I sit down and enjoy my coffee and read.)
7:30AM- Read my Bible and memorize scripture/write in my journal
(This part of my morning routine is vital for my spiritual and mental health. Without Christ, I can do nothing. So starting my morning with Him and meditating on His Word, gets me in the right headspace for the day.)
8-8:15AM- Make breakfast and start work
(Fuel my body so my brain can work!)
Now, your routine does not have to look like mine and you certainly don’t have to wake up at 5:30 AM, but what I want to emphasize is the importance of identifying what FILLS YOUR CUP and making it a priority before you start your day.
Once the day starts, we can all agree that the busyness and distractions around us keep us from doing the simple things that bring us true joy and life.
So make a schedule for yourself, stay true to that, trust the process, watch how it changes your perspective on the day, and how it improves your life.
Until next time,