A morning routine is a series of activities established by you to create the most positive and productive foundation for the day ahead of you. These activities form a daily habit and allow you to settle into yourself and the day, setting yourself up for success and focus. This practice can last a few minutes or hours depending on when you decide the routine ends and your day begins.
When negative thoughts arise, let them go, or re-align them to your positive values.
The morning routine sets the tone for the day and begins when you wake up. The more positive start to the day, the more likely your day is to be constructive and favorable. By having a regular pattern, your mind and body have a structure that requires little decision-making while creating good habits using the least amount of energy.
Your routine sets the focus for the day before outside forces and events step in and direct your day. Waking up in a healthy manner helps keep you mindful of yourself and your plan for the day. You can take the time to be steady and focus on what is important.
Some elements of a morning routine may be:
Stretching or physical activity
Planning and goal setting
What are your expectations for following through with your morning routine? Is everyday a reasonable and realistic plan? Maybe not, but your practice can be your point of stability that you can always return to when life gets in the way of your regular schedule.
You decide what benefits you feel after waking up and following a structured process. Here are a few benefits you may consider:
Creating healthy habits
Feeling steady and more patient
Thinking about your goals daily
Improving physical and emotional health
Building a foundation of gratitude
Starting the day from a place you define as good
What components are in your morning routine? What do you avoid and why?
One of my clients describes her morning routine:
"When I first get up in the morning, I go into our second bedroom and do yoga stretches and a few yoga routines I learned from your Standing Tall class. I also lay on my foam roller and while stretching, I mentally send out well wishes and good thoughts to friends and family that I feel need it. I like the thought of filling the air with positive energy. I then go into my office and sit comfortably in my chair and meditate for 21 minutes, clearing my mind. After my timer goes off, I do 8 to 10 alternate nostril breathing exercises. I then write in my journal, listing 3 things I am grateful for and my wishes for the coming day." - Diane M.