Your alarm goes off at 6am, you look at your phone in desperation of “just 10 more minutes,” so you snooze your alarm or maybe even forget to snooze, and minutes later you’re jumping out of bed running from room to room in your house trying to barely get clothes on to get out of the door. Have you been here before? I have many times! On top of that, I probably left my phone on the counter, or forgot to turn off a curling iron. Have you found that when you started your day off this way, you weren’t as productive as you would have liked to be for the day; or you were just in a bad mood for the rest of the day? I have! This was me for a long time. I would have a rushed start to my morning because I just love my sleep! Especially if I had a long night or went to bed late, waking up was not a pretty sight for me. I also found that when I had personal issues going on in my life, it was even harder to wake up in the morning. If I were dealing with work stress, or relationship issues, heartbreak, or health issues, waking up late would only add to those feelings.
On the days where I felt funky, and not well prepared for my day, I would come across people who had this glow about them. These were the people at your job who would always be first to say GOOD MORNING!, Or the enthusiastic Starbucks worker in the drive through waiting to happily take your order. I wanted to know how and why they were so excited and more so how were they so AWAKE that early in the morning. People in my life who I had known to have a morning routine, showed through their interactions and their attitude throughout the day. A part of me knew that having a morning routine would help, but I just didn’t see how waking up early could make me happy when I really enjoyed sleeping! Well, I gave it a try and that was almost 3 months ago, and I wouldn’t rather wake up any other way than in my current routine! I feel so much more grounded, organized, and peaceful. I notice that by having a routine, and waking up earlier, I am more present and intentional throughout my day. Creating morning routines that fit you can not only be healthy for you mentally, but emotionally and physically as well.
Here is my current morning routine that I am utilizing, check it out and see if you feel you could benefit from any of these. Not everyone will have the same routine, it’s about what you need and not everyone needs the same things to thrive throughout their day. The goal is to have a healthy morning routine so that you can perform your best while conquering your day, however that looks!
1.) Conversation with God
As soon as my eyes open, I make it a point to have a very casual conversation with God, acknowledging that He has allowed me to see another day. Knowing that I am awake, yet also knowing that there may have been someone that didn’t have the chance to wake up again, gives me appreciation for the day. This is my most effective way to start my day because with these first few moments, I gain an immediate appreciation for the day despite what happened yesterday or what I may have woke up with on my mind. I also take those few moments to surrender anything beyond my control to God, and by doing this I am releasing myself from dwelling or creating space in my day for things that could hinder it. These first few minutes are also pivotal to starting my day because it allows me to confidently walk into the day knowing that no matter what I face, the Lord will be with me in everything that I do. These first few moments don’t have to be anything formal, it should be a natural, effortless, and intimate dialogue.
2.) Read Devotionals & Journal
At this point, I usually either do these next steps while still in the bed or I will move to my desk in my bedroom. I have two devotionals that I am currently reading “Everyday in His Presence” by Charles Stanley and “Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen. I will read both devotionals for the day, and reflect on both messages and how I can apply it into my life. I then open my journal, and write a reflection of what the devotionals meant to me, and just take time to write what thoughts came to mind while reading it. Then, I turn to the next page and begin to write my gratitude list for the day. These are things as simple as “God thank you for the lady who gave me a nice compliment at the bank, or God thank you for great weather yesterday; Then I will write gratitude for bigger things such as “God thank you for delivering me from that toxic relationship” God thank you for the health of my family.” When I am writing my gratitude, this instantly puts me in a peaceful place. Doing this allows for you to walk into your day with joy, despite what you may have going on. Yes we may have had a bad day yesterday or our current circumstances may not be the best, but when we are grateful, those good feelings help us to continue moving & walk into the day with intention.
After I have read and completed my journal, I will do about a 30-minute yoga flow and end in meditation. Depending on the weather, I usually do this outside on my balcony or inside in an open space close to a window. Yoga helps loosen my body, and warms it up for the day. We don’t realize it, but when we wake up, we’re holding so much tension from the night. Yoga is a great way to get some stretching in and to show appreciation for the body for all the hard work it does for us throughout the day. Once I end with yoga, I start mediation, just reflecting on my desires. Everyone has their own way of meditating and what works best for them, but for me in the mornings I like to meditate on good feelings. I envision in my mediation what it looks and feels like to be living the life that desire. I feel the things that I have asked for, and see myself being in it. By doing this, it allows me to experience the feelings as if I already have these things. This helps me to start my day believing in what’s for me.
4.) Get dressed
Once I’m done with yoga/meditation, I shower and get dressed for the day. While this is happening, I’m usually reciting positive affirmations. Typically when I’m in the shower, or brushing my teeth I begin stating positive affirmations such as, “money, wealth, health & love surrounds me”, “Opportunities find me everyday,” “I am empowered, and I am living my dreams.” By stating positive affirmations during this time, it brings forth for me all that I am and not just want I want. I strongly believe in the power of the tongue, and the law of attraction. We become what we think and thank about! Also, I am usually burning some of my favorite incense, or diffusing peppermint essential oils through my diffuser. I’ve found that good smells in the morning wake me up even more, and puts me in a good mood. Also, while I am getting dressed I play some of my favorite music. It’s usually something upbeat that gets me going, and lately for me it’s been a worship & praise playlist.
5.) Eat Breakfast & create a to-do list for the day
Once I’m dressed, I then make breakfast. While I am preparing my food, I usually play inspirational and empowering podcasts. Some of my favorite podcasts for the morning are Morning sunshine with Jillian Bolanz, Super Soul conversations, the project life mastery. The podcast get me motivated and ready to conquer my day. For me breakfast varies. Depending on my mood and time, I either make something light and quick such as overnight oats, cereal, or a smoothie. Other times when I can take my time with breakfast, I’ll have a full meal with eggs, toast or pancakes, veggies, & fruit. I also boil an herbal tea in the morning, and this is since I opt out of caffeine. I don’t drink coffee, and if I do it’s very rare and will be decaf just so that I can have the taste. My body doesn’t respond well to caffeine, especially because I struggle with anxiety at times. So having an herbal tea still gives me the soothing taste of something warm, but also the calming benefits of tea. While I eat breakfast, I then create a to-do list for the day so that I am organized and know what I need to accomplish for the day, rather than winging it. NOW, I am ready to start my day!
I hope this inspires you to create your own morning routine! Having one is essential to having a productive day, and it eliminates so much unnecessary worry and stress! Get going, and comment below if this was helpful for you! Let me know if you already have a morning routine, and what works for you!
Light & Love,