Benefits of a morning routine, how to start one, and how to stick to it
“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.” ~Raymond Carver
What morning routine do you have?
If it does not make you feel energized and ready to take on the day, then it might be time to change things up. Even if you are not a morning person, having a solid morning routine is essential for productivity, but just picking out your clothes or getting coffee isn’t enough. The morning routines of some successful people are much more complex than ours — but they all start with small, realistic habits like these!
Benefits of a Morning Routine
Do you currently follow a morning routine that involves hitting the snooze button four times, getting dressed in two minutes, and eating a protein bar outside before running off to work? From there on, our entire day may seem like we’re always trying to hurry and catch up, never feeling on top of our game or very productive.
The best way to begin your day is with a vision of where you want it to go. Successful people, companies, and nations all have morning rituals and a to-do list that help them start their days on the right foot. It’s essential to get started on the ‘right foot,’ especially if you’re new at Something or need some discipline.
An ideal morning routine also helps you to get your day off to a good start rather than allowing it to pass you by. You’re in control of the day; the day does not have that power over you. This sense of being in command has a beneficial impact on your entire day.
Minor modifications produce extensive results, much as they do in other parts of life. It’s the compounding effect at work.
How to start a morning routine
Consider how much time you’ll be able to set aside for yourself.
We all have a period of the morning that we have some degree of control over.
For some people, it may be an hour; for others, it might be 20 minutes. If you have small kids or a long commute to work, for example, you may not have as much time to work with as you would like.
Waking up earlier might help your mornings go by more smoothly. That said, you shouldn’t push yourself to be an early riser at the expense of getting adequate rest. Remember that sleep is critical for emotional balance.
For others, this is a high-energy period that is ideal to begin their routine. However, if you’re restricting your sleep or don’t function well early in the morning, it will be harmful. Experiment to see which practices are the most effective for you.
You don’t need to invent a complicated 20-step process to get the advantages of a morning routine (but, hey, if you want to, more power to you).
Here are a few small habits and the reasons you may want to consider starting them.
Make your bed
Yes, making your bed is a duty that may be viewed as a chore, but it may also be a seemingly effortless and tiny method to make yourself feel good. There are several reasons for this: It helps you keep your space (and mind) less cluttered, it encourages proper sleep hygiene (who doesn’t want to crawl into a freshly made.
“If you make your bed every morning,” retired Navy admiral William H. McRaven once observed, “you will have completed the first task of the day. It will give you a slight sense of pride and inspire you to do more jobs. And by the end of the day, that one effort done will have turned into many tasks completed.https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2F3sK3wJAxGfs%3Ffeature%3Doembed&display_name=YouTube&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D3sK3wJAxGfs&image=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2F3sK3wJAxGfs%2Fhqdefault.jpg&key=a19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07&type=text%2Fhtml&schema=youtube
I never used to be the type of person who made his bed every day, but after reading this suggestion, I decided to give it a go. It was simply lovely at first. I discovered that making my bed diminished the amount of time it took me to keep the rest of my room clean, which is always good for productivity.
I didn’t realize how much the habit grounded me and offered a model for positive behaviors until I quit. After a few weeks of feeling more scattered and dejected than usual, I realized, Something was wrong; it’s been several weeks since I’ve made my bed. It turns out that it made all the difference.
Let the sunshine in
Bright light first thing in the morning boosts alertness. Try turning on a lamp or your bedroom lights to clear away early morning drowsiness, or get some sunshine within the first 5 to 10 minutes of waking up in the morning.
Those who reside in higher latitudes (father away from the equator) will have greater seasonal darkness. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has been linked to people who live farther away from the equator, and sleep problems have been proven to be a cause of SAD.
Even if the sun has not yet risen, a morning routine may help people who get fewer hours of light throughout the night feel awake each morning.
For individuals who regularly wake up before the sun has risen, blue light has been found to help them feel alert in the morning. Using the proper sort of light at least 30 minutes before getting out of bed may assist you to feel more awake sooner.
Hydrate with lemon water
Drink a glass of water. Dehydration has been linked to a decline in cognitive function, according to research published in Nutrition Reviews. Rehydrating first thing in the morning can help boost one’s cognitive performance, as most of us are somewhat dehydrated upon waking up after a night’s sleep.
Dehydration, like many other things in life, can be detrimental to one’s health. It has also been linked to tiredness and symptoms of low moods, such as irritability. While getting enough water on its own is unlikely to cure mental health issues like depression or anxiety, chronic dehydration isn’t likely to make those problems easier to cope with.
Drinking lemon water is good for you because it helps flush your system and eliminate toxins in the morning. It is also filled with antioxidants that can help give your morning a fresh start.
Put off checking your devices
Every time we check our phones, especially after some time apart, like when we’re sleeping, we expose ourselves to a deluge of stimulation and bunk.
Your phone has a lot of potential stressors, such as news updates, your bank account balance, and texts that demand your immediate attention.
For many of us, checking our phones is like shutting off the rest of the world for the rest of the day. Why not wait a few minutes?
Once you’ve gone to sleep, your muscles are less tense, and your body is more relaxed. Isn’t it fantastic to keep that baseline level of calm as long as possible? It’s healthier for our bodies and emotional systems if we can minimize the amount of time we’re under stress throughout the day.
Not only that but reaching for your phone first thing in the morning is a quick way to ruin your whole day. Who hasn’t gotten lost down a Twitter wormhole before getting out of bed?
Stretch your body
Because I’m a firm believer that you’re either a morning workout person or you’re not, and no article is going to persuade you to add exercise to your daily routine if you don’t want to, I didn’t want to include it in the list.
It’s possible to get a good stretch at any time of day. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged yoga exercise, and it doesn’t have to be intended as a complement to your regular workout. It might simply be a method for you to get your blood flowing and, TBH, enjoy the pleasant sensation of stretching.
Write down what you’re grateful for
Gratitude, according to studies, can improve one’s happiness, enhance relationships, and increase well-being. A study published in the Greater Good Magazine of the University of California Berkeley revealed that even devoting a little time each day to thankfulness can help alleviate symptoms of mental health difficulties.
Start your day with a grateful mentality by writing down three things you’re thankful for and maintaining them in mind as you begin. Even if you keep your list to yourself, research shows that practicing gratitude improves your emotional well-being.
Read some good stuff
My father enjoyed reading the Wall Street Journal in the morning. It put him in a good mood for the day ahead.
If you read a page every minute for 10 minutes each day, you’ll finish reading 3,650 pages by the end of the year or read 12 300-page books!
This technique is helpful for anyone who wishes to make a change in their life. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
The quickest method to get everything you want is to study the habits of successful individuals. Read at least ten pages every day, and choose a personal development book or a religious text as your reading material.
I prefer to read in the evening, so I picked a book with bite-size daily meditation pieces or uplifting tales and helpful advice to get me off on the right foot.
Blast some great tunes and move your body
There’s no better approach to waking up your brain than with music. And Blasting some great tunes first thing in the morning will boost your mood without clouding your thoughts with negativity!
Listening to music has a positive effect on your physical and psychological responses. Music can stimulate mental activity, regulate moods, improve concentration, reduce stress levels, and improve sleep quality.
Get your blood flowing and your heart beating. Put a massive smile on your face and let your favorite tunes wash over you as you dance and wave your arms in the air.
How to stick to your morning routine
When you have clear, precise objectives versus vague aspirations, you’re more likely to follow through on behavioral change.
You could believe your main stumbling blocks are a lack of willpower or falling for the snooze button a few times. But it’s often due to a lack of clarity in your routine.
Instead of stating a broad objective, such as “I’d want to exercise in the morning,” make the aim more specific: “After I’m done with my tea, I’m going to do a virtual yoga lesson at 7:30 a.m.”
It’s essential to get up simultaneously every day and plan out what specific activities you’d like to include in your routine and in what order. It might be beneficial to write them down.
You can form a habit when you perform Something repeatedly in the same order. When a pattern is created, you’re no longer solely relying on your mood, motivation, or willpower. Habits appear to be automatic without any hesitation over what you should do next.
For example, when taking a shower, you likely shampoo, condition, shave and wash your body in a specific order without giving it much thought.
It’s straightforward since you’ve established a habit in which one activity leads to the next without hesitation, so make every effort to be as detailed and regular as possible when developing your morning routine. With time, your daily routine will develop naturally.
Tips on sticking with your morning routine
Discover Your “Why”
If you don’t understand why you’re striving to establish an effective morning routine, you may become stressed, burned out, and give up. On the other hand, everything becomes much easier if you’re enthusiastic about why you get up early every morning.
Give some thought to what you want to accomplish with your daily morning routine. Perhaps you wish to make more money, feel more powerful, start a side business, write a book, get in shape, eat healthier food, or learn a new skill. Perhaps you’d want to boost your mood, attention, or general well-being.
Then consider why you want them.
Begin with small, manageable steps
It’s usually best to take tiny, regular steps when developing new habits.
Small, seemingly insignificant changes may eventually lead to significant outcomes if you’re persistent in keeping them for years.
So, make your early morning routine as simple as possible so that you never miss a day.
Commit to consistency
You’ve undoubtedly heard that you must follow a new practice for 21 days in a row before it becomes automatic.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
In reality, it takes an average of two months for a new behavior to become automatic — 66 days in a row — but the time varies depending on the habit.
Prepare in Advance
Reading this article may spark the desire to establish a productive morning routine, but will it be as strong in three days at 6 a.m?
Make it simpler for yourself by eliminating distractions and establishing triggers. There are several things you can do to keep to your daily morning routine.
Please turn off your phone and keep it out of the bedroom. If you first pick up your phone, you risk being sidetracked by social media, email, movies, and other forms of entertainment. This is the quickest method to ruin a good morning routine.
Get an old-school alarm clock instead and place it away from your bed, so you have to get up and turn it off.
Have your lemon water ready to drink, your gratitude journal and a pen handy, a book ready to open, and your favorite music qued up.
A perfect morning routine is a powerful way to start your day and improve productivity. It’s also one of the easiest ways to be consistent with taking care of yourself, leading to better results in all areas of life.
Try these small morning habits on for size and make them a habit today!
- Make your bed
- Let the sunshine in
- Hydrate with lemon water
- Put off checking your devices
- Stretch your body
- Write down what you’re grateful for
- Read some good stuff
- Blast Some Great Tunes and move your body
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