If you were to review the daily habits of most successful people, chances are they have a morning routine down pat. Obama, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, Anna Wintour, Benjamin Franklin and Oprah are just a small handful of influential people committed to a morning routine.
Morning routines are the perfect way to set yourself up for a good day. The way you start your day tends to mirror the type of day you have – so when you manage your morning with a few regular positive habits, that leave you feeling energised, and ready to take on the day, the benefits are paramount: including increased productivity, happiness and feeling energised.
Here are some simple tips to develop the ultimate morning routine for you:
Set a realistic wake up time and get up as soon as you wake up
Set your alarm at a realistic time each morning, in order to have plenty of time for your routine. If that means 15 minutes earlier, so be it.
Ditch the snooze button – set your alarm on a nice, relaxing tone rather than anything loud or aggressive. Slowly wake up to the beautiful sound, and as soon as you are awake, hop out of bed. Tossing and turning and snoozing just makes you more tired.
Once you are awake, get up and out (and turn on all the lights to reduce your melatonin levels – the sleep hormone).
Move your body
Think about an easy way to incorporate movement into your morning. For some of you, training in the morning is easy and that is wonderful.
For those of you who don’t like training in the morning, consider a walk around the block or, even easier, light stretches or yoga poses on your bedroom floor. Get your blood pumping and your body energised!
Read some of our tips on diet and exercise HERE
Your body has gone for at least 7 hours without water – time to drink up! Add a squeeze of lemon and apple cider vinegar to help alkalise and detox the body.
Read about the importance of water HERE and HERE
Consider a gratitude practice, where you write 3 things you are grateful for that day. If you are a person who wakes up with a million thoughts swimming through your head, keep a journal by your bed.
As soon as you wake up, jot them all down. Get them out of your head and onto the page, and notice how much space this clears in your thinking for the day ahead.
Think about one thing you can do each morning to relax yourself and help you enter your day with a clear head. For some of you this may be meditating and deep breathing. For others, maybe it is listening to a podcast while waling outside.
Or maybe it is having a coffee at your favourite coffee place before work. Whatever it is, make it a habit, and allow yourself to slow down fully before starting your day.
For example, this is my current morning routine:
- Wake up
- Complete a 10 minute meditation in bed
- Journal for 10 minutes
- Write down my 3 gratitudes for the day
- Have a big drink of water with lemon, honey and ACV
- Make my smoothie and dance around the kitchen while I do it
- Drink it outside with my feet on the grass
The above takes me 30 minutes max and leaves me feeling content, relaxed and ready for the day ahead.
Read a few other grounding techniques HERE