No one has EVER called me a “morning person” – my entire life. I have always been a night owl, despite the schedule and demands of school, work, etc. I enjoy easing into my morning without being rushed. The last few years, I’ve incorporated a ‘morning routine’ into my day – and it’s made a drastic difference in my attitude and mindset that I carry through each day.
Your morning routine could be as simple as letting yourself sip on hot tea or coffee for five minutes before doing anything else, or it may include as many components as you’d like. The main goal is really to have a little time to yourself to reflect and cultivate a positive mindset before all of the distractions of the day present themselves.
As I mentioned above, I’ve never been one to pop out of bed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. So I’ve developed a morning routine that really works for me and my lifestyle. Before I get out of bed, I do a full-body stretch just to wake up my physical body. Then I go downstairs, pour a cup of coffee, and take a seat on my kitchen stool.
Next, I open my journal. I typically stick to the same general framework, since I’m not fully awake at this point and the repetition works for me. On the left page, I start by writing down any memories of dreams that I had the night before. This can be interesting to notice if any recurring themes or odd situations pop up, since dreams are indicative of our subconscious thoughts. Below that I write down five things that I am grateful for that happened the day before. The last thing I write on the left side can vary – sometimes I write down anything that comes to mind, stream of consciousness. Other times I write down a description of something that I want to manifest – a written ‘visualization’ of sorts. On the right page, I jot down five things I am grateful for today. This elevates my mood immediately, with the anticipation of what’s to come throughout the day. Next I write down ten dreams I made happen – this is a powerful technique because you document your dream goals as if they have already been accomplished. Then, I write the goal that I want to accomplish first, to keep it in the forefront of my mind. I close with an affirmation – this helps keep me in the mindset of appreciation and positivity.
After my journaling, I spend some time either meditating or doing some breathing exercises. This helps ground me and absorb what I’ve written in my journal, further enhancing and reinforcing my intentions for the day. By this point, even if I woke up cranky I am feeling much more elevated and energized, ready to take on the day.
If I have more time to spare, I either do a bit of reading or listen to a podcast. My goal is to be connected to my own thoughts and emotions, and ‘unplugged’ from my phone and computer for as long as possible in the morning. This is when I finally turn off “Do Not Disturb” on my phone, and check my calendar, figure out when I’ll make time fo a workout, organize my to-do list, check emails, etc.
Now I’m ready to take on the world! This is a routine that works for me. It sometimes gets cut short if I’m traveling or oversleep and am running late, but I truly do this almost every single day. It’s really helped me feel more productive, grounded, and calm as I go through each day, no matter what comes at me. I hope you find a morning routine that works for you!