Updated: May 20
I have never been a morning person. God bless those of you who wake up humming Mary Poppins and ready to seize the day.
How? I am thoroughly impressed and utterly confused. It has never been me. Once I started doing my morning routine I wake up feeling energized and excited for the day. Just for the love of God don’t talk to me until I finish it. How your day begins has an incredible influence over how your day will go. Have you ever woke up and felt annoyed for no particular reason? Then you continued to have the worst day of your life (okay I am being a bit dramatic here to make my point.) Been there, done that, and way too many times to count. My favorite quote “change your habits, change your life” is on point. I take it a step further and say “change your morning habits and transform your life.” This article is everything you need to know to create a morning routine that you love more than hitting the snooze button 1385749 times (guilty.) 1.) No devices in the morning when you first wake up. PLEASE if you take anything from this article this is the one to try out. Give yourself an hour to wake up without the distractions, negative chatter, stimulation, and overwhelm. The emails, social media, catastrophizing news, and, yes your Mom can wait. Sorry, mom but mental health matters. I promise that you will not only survive but you will feel positively refreshed. It is so important to start your day off with good vibes. Set the tone for your day and on your own terms. Do yourself a favor and try this one out. 2.) Start the day off on a positive note. The first thing I do when I wake up is to visualize. I keep my eyes closed and do some deep breathing. I mentally walk through my perfect day. I make mental images of my goals, dreams, and everything I want to have. Empowerment gurus everywhere use visualization as a way to manifest the life they want. When I started doing this it felt a bit strange but with practice, it has become natural to me. I do it with everything that is important to me. Another way to help you conceptualize your future is by creating a vision board. My vision board is filled with images of my goals, passions, and positive quotes. If you don’t have a vision board, I recommend making one. It has given me so much clarity and helps me stay on track with goals. 3.) My next step is to hydrate. I leave a bottle of water with real lemon juice on my nightstand. I drink it first thing in the morning. Lemon water is a fair source of Vitamin C, an essential antioxidant that protects cells from damaging free radicals. Ayurvedic medicine suggests that lemon can aid your digestive system and may prevent toxins from building up. Other studies have linked lemon water to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, lower blood pressure, cardiovascular disease. Lemon water may contribute to your natural beauty as well. Hydration on its own paired with antioxidants in lemon may reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Citrus acid can erode the tooth enamel, so I suggest using a reusable straw. It is controversial whether lemon water can help with weight loss although in my experience it has. If you do not like lemon, simply drink water. Staying hydrated will always benefit your health and wellness. 4.) Do daily affirmations. When I first started doing this, I used affirmation cards. They are inexpensive and you can pull out a card for the day. Now, I use the cards as well as say my own mantras. I use short, concise statements that align with my purpose and goals. Don’t overthink it and say them out loud. This is a great way to set the vibe you want to experience that day. I also enjoy reading sections from books I am delving into at that particular time. Sometimes I will just open a book to a random page and other times I will start reading wherever I previously left off. It gives me perspective and helps me connect to the Universe. The more I learn about myself and the world around me, the more I have been able to live purposefully. Read something today. Choose something that you enjoy, want to learn more about, or that interests you. You never know how something can inspire or move you closer to your dreams. 5.) Do some breathing and light stretching. Simply move your body in ways that feel good and focus on your breathing. Breathe in positive, affirming feelings and exhale any negativity, self-doubt, or fear. It will bring a level of clarity and presence to your day. 6.) Plan out your day. I do the actual planning the night before and briefly look it over in the morning. I prioritize my list and start with the more difficult or important tasks. It will give you a sense of accomplishment which will improve productivity for your next tasks. Don’t overthink it and take action. A house is only built by laying brick by brick. 7.) My next step is to take my vitamins and drink water mixed with apple cider vinegar. I personally benefit from taking a multivitamin, probiotic, and turmeric supplement. The word probiotic actually means beneficial (pro) to life (biotic.) What probiotics do is to replenish healthy gut bacteria which improves digestion. Whether taken in a pill or consumed through whole foods, probiotics are vital to health. Turmeric is an antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. Multivitamins fill in the gaps of micronutrients that you may be lacking from diet alone. Apple cider vinegar has an impressive resume of health benefits. Its claims range from balancing blood sugar, strengthening your immune system, to improving digestive health. I mix a tablespoon of Braggs organic ACV with water. I do not recommend taking a shot of it because it did not sit well with my stomach. I am not a medical professional and cannot substantiate any claims but will speak to my personal experience. These vitamins and supplements have made a huge difference in my health and wellbeing. Do what works for you, these are simply my favorites. 8.) Move your body! My children are usually up by now so I typically will spend some time with them and drink a cup of coffee or tea. As soon as I get the opportunity I start my workout. I aim to do some variation of cardiovascular (cardio) exercise daily and weight lift 4-5 times a week. I do that because I enjoy it and that has worked best for my goals. You can and should do what works best for you. We all have different preferences, goals, needs, and health factors. One thing is for sure, moving your body is one of the best things you can do for your health. Exercise brings clarity, focus, energy, and feelings of wellness to name a few. I hope this list helps you to start your own uniquely made morning routine. A set morning routine has helped me increase productivity, reduce anxiety, and be happier overall. When my mornings start off on a positive vibration the rest of my day goes well. If you want to be happier or if you just need a little more structure, focus on changing your habits at the beginning of the day. Make it your own and find out what works for you. Go ahead and get your Good Mornings back!