Why Should I Create A Morning Routine?
I have a feeling that very few people in the world are as uptight as me. And NO! I totally don’t think that’s a bad thing. I simply know what I like, and intend to stick to it, especially when it comes to my morning routine.
Of course, having those expectations for your life can be pretty unrealistic. Trust me. I wake up every morning with a plan for my day, and if that plan doesn’t work out…let’s just say poor Scott ends up dealing with some tears and temper tantrums.
While I’m still working on being more flexible on a day to day basis, I’ll never stop making these plans. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting purposeful goals for your day, week, month, LIFE. Making these plans has become part of my morning routine, and honestly makes me look forward to waking up every day!
Now, everybody has their own routines. So in this post, I’ve decided to share my own, as well as some recommendations and common routines I’ve seen sprinkled throughout Pinterest.
The Ideal Morning Routine
Emphasis on the word ideal. This is what my morning aspires to look like. At the moment, it has absolutely no basis in reality, but this is what scientists, psychologists, and experts recommend to promote your health and happiness.
Exercise is SO important when it comes to health and happiness. Not only does it keep our weight and hormones in check, but it also helps keep you in a good mood! While our Legally Blonde expert may have seemed like a dumb blonde, she actually knew what she was talking about. Exercise produces endorphins, which in turn give us the feeling of happiness. What better way to wake you up every morning?
Writing in a journal is a great way to set goals for your day, or to just relax a little before rush hour. You know me and my lists! Every morning (normally when I get to work), I write out everything I want to get done that day. I highlight the most important items and star the secondary items. Those are the things I focus on accomplishing first.
A lot of other people prefer meditating on their goals. Mediation (just like journaling) is a great way both relax AND get focused at the start of each day. Give your day a purpose by sitting down and focusing on what is most important.
Guys. This is a no-brainer. Brush yo’ damn teeth. Take a damn shower. For the sake of everyone around you, make sure you start off your day smelling nice.
Did you know that drinking water as soon as you wake up can help you shed a few pounds? I didn’t either! Sounds like a killer idea to me… Drinking water has SO many benefits: weight loss, energy, headache-relief, healthy skin, aiding in digestive problems, and better exercise (just to name a few!). Before your morning coffee, down a nice cold glass of water to get your day going.
I know you all are aware of how much easier it is to wake up to natural light. When winter comes (especially in dreary New England), we don’t have that luxury. The sun doesn’t rise until almost 8AM, making for a very sleepy morning. As long as it doesn’t interfere with you or your significant other’s sleeping patterns, keep your curtains open each night. That way, you’ll wake up to some warm, beautiful sunlight streaming across your pillows.
Early rising may not feel like a great way to wake up in the morning, but it truly benefits your day. You may notice that you’ll have more time, energy, and focus throughout your day. You may also fall asleep and stay asleep much better each night. I wake up an HOUR early every morning (I know, I’m crazy!), just to make sure I don’t feel rushed trying to get ready.
This heading of this recommendation is a little misleading. Every night, try to prepare for the next morning. Lay out your outfit, put your purse and keys by the door, and program your coffee machine. The more you prepare the night before, the less you have to do during the sleepy hours of your morning!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I’m really REALLY bad with this one guys. I don’t eat breakfast. I drink coffee. While coffee honestly isn’t recommended by healthcare professionals, I personally can’t live without it. So, coffee always comes next. You guys…you guys should eat breakfast though.
Experts often recommend starting your day with some personal development, whether that be reading, watching the news, or listening to podcasts. If I actually bother to include this in my morning routine, I put some sort of audio book or TedTalk on during my drive to work. Even as adults, it’s still important that we educate ourselves!
I strive to accomplish each and every one of these tasks every morning. So far, that has yet to happen. So here’s a look at MY morning routine…
My Morning Routine
- Wake up at 6AM
- Scroll through social media until 6:20AM
- Get dressed 6:20AM (I’m surprisingly very good at remembering to set my clothes out every night!)
- Take Sawyer out 6:30AM
- Brush teeth 6:35AM
- Feed Jax and Sawyer 6:35AM
- COFFEE 6:35AM
- Beauty routine 6:40AM
- Playtime with Sawyer 7AM
- Cleaning 7AM (I wake up early every day so I have time to get the house cleaned up)
- Leave for work 7:30AM?
Not too bad, huh? What does YOUR morning routine look like?