How To Create A Kickass Morning Routine
This article was originally published on Seek Minimal, and then edited for the HIH audience.
Do you start your day with a kickass morning routine that helps you to get into a positive headspace, set realistic goals for the day ahead, and even adds in an element of self care - or do you wake up to a blaring alarm, hit that snooze button a couple times, roll out of bed with literally 5 minutes to get ready and rush straight to work?
Although you might have already heard ALL about the benefits of having a morning routine - perhaps you just haven’t pulled the trigger just yet. However, if your morning looks more like the second scenario than the first, it’s time to take this as a sign to start implementing some more positive habits and rituals into your morning routine that will help you to conquer whatever challenges that might be thrown your way later that day.
Why? Countless studies show that having a morning routine can improve overall health, well-being, and productivity. In fact, some of the world’s most successful people all have morning routines that they constantly attribute to their overall success. By starting your day right, you can maximize more of your time in the mornings and reinforce the positive influences that all of these little rituals have on the rest of your day. (Because wouldn’t we ALL love a more productive morning?)
So, if you’re ready to build your own kickass morning routine, read ahead!
Although your morning routine can look very different than the next person’s, it’s important to find the rituals and habits that are best for YOU. Ultimately, to build the best morning routine for YOUR lifestyle and goals - anything you do in the morning should benefit one (or all) of the following things:
A good morning routine should ultimately save you TIME in your mornings. That way, you’re able to set yourself up for a productive day ahead! (Rituals like waking up early or planning for the rest of your day fit into this category.)
Some morning rituals should be put in place as a way to build self discipline and keep you working toward a specific goal. They may not always be an action you enjoy or look forward to - but they’re put in place to build character and mental strength or toughness. (This can be anything from meditation, goal-setting, going for a morning run, taking a cold shower or studying.)
3. YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
The most successful morning routines always incorporate rituals that benefit your overall health in some capacity - whether it’s doing some morning yoga, getting in some exercise, or eating a healthy breakfast.
4. STRESS LEVELS
This is a big one! There’s no point of having a morning routine if it causes you MORE stress than it alleviates. Rituals such as practicing gratitude, or “eating the frog” first (doing that one big task at the beginning of your day, and not putting it off until the end) are two examples of stress-reducing morning rituals.
What does your morning routine look like? How can you incorporate new rituals into your morning that will help save you time & stress, build self discipline or benefit your overall health?
With love and wellness,