Developing a morning routine and focusing on mindfulness instead of chaos will set the tone for your entire day. If you often feel disorganized or overwhelmed in the morning, designing a morning routine can help alleviate stressors. Often, these moments of intention and stillness are the only ones you are going to get all day! Be realistic when developing your morning rituals to ensure you can really commit to starting this healthy habit. Here are seven elements that make up a supercharged morning routine; mix and match them to find the combination that works best for you.
- Wake up [early]. We know, this one doesn’t sound like very much fun, but it is crucial to allowing enough time for a relaxing morning routine. Go to bed at a reasonable time and allow for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Wake up at least 60-90 minutes before you need to be on your way. Don’t check your email or social media yet! Use this extra time for you.
- Turn on some tunes. Design a morning playlist and repeat songs that you love every morning to inspire you and remind you of your goals. Choose songs and sounds you like and time them for the different parts of your am regimen. Whether it’s jazz and blues or “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles or more ambient and meditative sounds, decide what you like best. This is your morning.
- [Slowly] start moving. Start energizing your body, but take it slowly. This doesn’t have to be a long or intense workout. We like this short energizing yoga flow from yoga teacher Mary Beth LaRue. Don’t overcommit because getting up and moving becomes harder as it gets darker and colder in the mornings. Be realistic with what works for you so you can stick to it.
- Turn inward. Morning meditation can help you to filter out the unnecessary to start your day. One technique called Japa Meditation is simply repeating a mantra word or phrase, like “calm” or “grateful” or “I feel joy.” Another option is to use a guided meditation through an app like Headspace. Some people may choose to do a journaling exercise or a daily drawing during this portion of the morning instead. Build your discipline around centering yourself.
- Get ready. Allow yourself time to brush your teeth, shower, dry your hair, and get dressed. (You can customize this time based on your personal preferences.) Even if you are working from home or have a more casual day, stick to this part of the routine so you feel “ready” to take on the day. Don’t save this for last so you aren’t running out the door without completing all of the steps.
- Nourish. Fueling yourself for your upcoming day is crucial. Enjoy a breakfast that includes protein and some greens, like a green smoothie with some protein powder. (Here are 5 of our favorite smoothie recipes.) If you’re on the run, grab a cold-pressed juice like ours from Suja. Don’t forget to hydrate! Drink some water in the morning to get started towards your 64 oz for the day.
- Get organized (+ check email). Now is the time to check your email and assess your day. If you want, you can combine steps 6 and 7 and start making your plan while you are eating. Start with the first things you need to accomplish for the day before you get busy. It it is a good idea to try and accomplish one of your more difficult tasks first thing in the morning. Once your goals are prioritized and your list is made, you should be get ready to charge. Grab your lunch and you should be on your way to another great day!
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