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Building My Morning Routine

Setting the tone for the day is important. You want to feel energized and ready to tackle your to-do list. But more often than not, I’d wake up feeling stressed because my brain would become inundated with all the things I needed to get done.

My main reason for wanting to create a morning routine (finally) was so that I could utilize 1-2 hours for myself to do things that would get me in the right mindset to conquer the day.

I tried creating one in the past but with the wrong purpose. Successful people had morning routines, so I thought that was something I should have as well. Hopefully this time around, it will stick because I’m doing it for my own benefit.

morning routine visual

I chose to add 3 things to my current morning so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed trying to incorporate too many things at once.

Drink a glass of water. Many people drink cold water to jolt their brain awake, to help them feel refreshed, and to hydrate their body after 6-8 hours without water consumption. I’m not a morning person. Most days I wake up feeling groggy and sluggish. Maybe my body was dehydrated! Filling up my water bottle and setting it on my night stand the night before means I’ll have that H20 ready to drink the moment I wake up.

Read for 30 minutes. My brain will be more alert and awake from reading. It’ll also give me some time to learn something new or to be entertained. I used to read a lot when I was younger and it was my favorite way to escape into another world. By prioritizing reading as part of my morning routine, I know that I’ll get to do something that’s important to me each day.

Write down one thing I need to get done for the day. As long as I get that one thing done, I’ll be happy. It’s best to get the most important or the most difficult task done earlier in the day because you have more energy and a clearer mind.

Having a list that you can physically look at the moment you wake up can be a helpful reminder. I tried this for a few weeks. I felt more centered and clear-minded. Drinking water first thing in the morning really does help! I’m also less tempted to hit the snooze button. With a set routine that doesn’t involve scrolling through social media right after waking up, I feel less weighed down by other people’s business.

I added foam rolling for five minutes after getting this routine down. Foam rolling is beneficial for my muscles but this one was a bit of a struggle because it hurt.

I’m still enjoying my morning routine although occasionally I get off-track and revert back to my old patterns. Just like you know exercising is good for you, sometimes it still takes time to create a habit out of it. Next, I want to figure out how to NOT be tired by the time afternoon rolls around.

My morning routine will probably stay about the same while on our road trip this summer, except maybe when we go camping on the weekends. But honestly, what’s more calming that waking up in nature, right?

What’s your morning routine? Tell me in the comments!


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