Are you a “morning person” or a “night owl”? Often, I hear these terms used to describe whether someone has more energy in the morning or at night. Regardless of whatever you prefer, most of us have responsibilities in the morning we need to wake up for.
What are your mornings usually like? When your alarm goes off, do you hit snooze several times or do you get up right away? Do you allow extra time in the morning or do you sleep until the last possible minute and feel anxious and rushed as you head out the door?
One of the most effective ways to set yourself up for success is to begin your day with a morning routine that will help you be focused, clear, and calm.
For me, I used to start my day by unloading the dishwasher while the kettle boiled for my tea. Ugh! Why did I do that? I realized that just made me stressed and distracted right away. Nowadays the dishwasher can wait, for sure.
Last September, I decided to overhaul my morning routine and have been intentional about waking up earlier, usually around 5:30 am. After my alarm goes off, I drink a big glass of water even before I get out of bed. Obviously, this requires a bit of planning in my nighttime routine to fill up the glass and leave it on my bedside table. Then I head downstairs to get a mug of tea. I take it to my rocking chair, put my fuzzy blanket on my lap and pull out my Bible and journal. Lately I’ve been reading in Psalms. I read some, maybe write a bit, and pray. Then I wake up my body by stretching and doing some core strength exercises. My whole routine takes less than 30 minutes and it feels good to wake up my body, mind, and spirit this way before moving on to the rest of my day.
The way you begin your day can have a big impact on your attitude, your stress level, and your body. So, I encourage you to think through how you would like to set yourself up for success in the morning. How would you like to feel? What things would you like to do? It’s your choice!
A few tips to Set Yourself Up for Success in the morning
Get up right away when your alarm goes off. No snooze! If this is a challenge for you, try Mel Robbins’ #5SecondRule - count down aloud 5-4-3-2-1 and physically get up. Just do it.
Drink a big glass of water. No need to chug it like I do, but definitely drink some water. Your body just went all night without any water and it needs to be hydrated!
Take 5+ minutes for deep breathing, meditation, contemplation, gratitude, listening to uplifting music, reading something inspirational.
Move your body. Even 5 minutes is fantastic. If you are a current physical therapy patient, plan specific time in the morning to do your first set of PT exercises.
Eat a nourishing breakfast with some protein and healthy fats to keep your blood sugar stable until lunch.
Wait to check your phone until after you’ve done these other things.
Smile – it’s a new day and you are an important part of this world!
For more info on this topic, I recommend reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.