Creating a morning routine is a great way to improve your happiness and start your day off on a positive note. When you build a morning routine, you give yourself structure and allow yourself some much needed “me-time” in the morning. And you give yourself something to look forward to in the morning.
I’ve had a fully established morning routine for about a month now and I have to say I feel wonderful. I love having personal time to look forward to in the morning and having some structure in my day.
In this post I am going to walk you through how to establish a routine, different activities to incorporate into your routine, and how to stick with your chosen routine.
Determine How Much Time You Have
The first thing you need to do is think about how much time you can realistically give yourself in the morning. Because a morning routine does you no good if you sleep through your 5:00AM alarm!
Think about how early you are actually willing to get out of bed. Maybe that gives you an hour, or maybe it gives you 10 minutes. Just make sure it’s realistic.
Forcing yourself to get up too early defeats the point of a morning routine; you should enjoy your time in the morning.
Pick the Activities to Add to Your Morning Routine
Now that you know how much time you have in the morning, you can pick what you would like your morning routine to look like. I’m going to list several activities and you can pick which ones you like.
There’s no need to try and do all of these every morning. Pick the ones that fit your lifestyle and that you think you would enjoy.
Let in Light
The very first thing you should do in the morning is let in light. Ideally this should be natural light. I like to get up and open my blinds first thing in the morning to let in sunlight.
If for some reason you can’t do that (you get up before sunrise, your room doesn’t face the sun, etc), you can try to recreate sunlight. You can invest in some smart lights that you can program to slowly turn on in the morning.
You could also get a sunrise alarm clock. It’s an alarm clock that slowly turns on and brightens similar to a sunrise. And you you can choose how long it takes to fully turn on. Here is one from Amazon:
Another great addition to your morning routine is meditation. Now, this does not to be a 30 minute, straight-back, intensive breathing routine. It can if that’s what you like, but meditation doesn’t have to be that serious.
I meditate while laying down in bed. I find it to be most comfortable and relaxing. You could also sit up in bed or in a chair if that is more relaxing to you.
Meditation has so much flexibility from calming music, guided meditations, chanting, breathing, and nature sounds. And they can range from one minute to an hour, or anywhere in between.
I use an app called Insight Timer for my meditation practices. It’s free and has thousands of practices. It even categorizes them depending on if you want meditation for stress, confidence, happiness, etc. I usually meditate for 5-15 minutes depending on my mood.
Any type of exercise is a great way to start off your morning. I like to switch between yoga and more intensive workouts. You can find a variety of workout challenges to try from ab workouts, to morning workouts, to 30-minute exercise routines.
You could also opt to go for a walk or run in the morning. Create a fun workout playlist and take in the morning air during a light jog.
If working out isn’t really your thing, you could do some light stretching in the morning just to get your blood flowing.
I love using Pinterest to find different exercise, yoga, and stretching routines.
Write or Journal
You could get out the old pen and paper and do some journaling in the morning. You could start a gratitude journal, or just jot down your thoughts. It doesn’t have to be a bestseller; just a place to get your thoughts out.
If you are an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc), you could use this time to write down any ideas you may have. You might have some good ideas in the fresh morning air, I know I always do.
You could also find some poetry prompts and write some free-flow poetry or prose. One-word prompts are my personal favorite.
Plan Your Day
Take some time to plan out your day. Maybe write down your schedule to keep yourself on track. Take note of any important meetings or appointments.
You could also jot down some personal goals you’d like to accomplish throughout the day. Or write down the things you would like to get done, personal or otherwise.
Just take some time to reflect on how you’d like your day to look. This can help you manage your time and also make sure you can fit in your “like-tos” in with your “must dos.”
Make Yourself a Hot Drink
It doesn’t necessarily have to be hot if you prefer cold drinks, I just find warm drinks to be comforting, just make a nice drink for yourself in the morning. This can be coffee, tea, or even juice.
Even the process of making a nice coffee or tea can be an enjoyable experience. Experimenting with different flavors and recipes.
I love to experiment with different coffee recipes and seeing how decadent I can make it!
You can even sit outside if it’s a nice morning and enjoy your drink outside in the crisp morning air. Something about morning air is so different and I just love it!
Establish Your Morning Routine
Now that you’ve looked through these activities, it’s time to start putting together your own perfect routine. Remember, this is your personal routine and should reflect all the things you enjoy.
You can take a pen and paper and jot down all the activities you like and would want to try. You can try them out over a few days and see which ones feel best and adjust your routine accordingly.
If you are someone who enjoys a more rigid structure, then maybe stick to one routine so you know what to expect every day. If you like more variation, maybe make a list of all the activities you like and do different ones every morning.
I highly encourage you to take some time figuring out your routine. It’s important that you enjoy your morning routine and start your day off right. Your morning routine should fill you with peace and happiness to carry with you throughout the day.
Try out different activities in different order and see which one feels the best to you. And remember you can change it at any time.
I hope your routine will brighten your morning and help your days run smoothly!