I want to take a guess at how your mornings usually go. Do they usually look something like this?
- Your alarm goes off and you groan to yourself, wishing you could just ignore it and go back to sleep.
- By the time you are out of bed you have about a million things on your to-do list and only 30 minutes to get them all done.
- You feel rushed and frantic as you get ready for the day and there’s constantly a sense of “not enough time”.
- Once you are out the door you realize that you didn’t stop once to breathe or nurture yourself in any way.
- You end your morning by feeling like you probably forgot to do something (or many things) and hope that maybe tomorrow you’ll have a smoother start to your day.
Does that sound about right? I’m not surprised, because that’s how most of us start our days!
The crazy part is that how we spend our mornings sets the tone for the entire rest of the day. And if you take a step back and look at the big picture, how our days run sets the tone for our weeks, months, even years. That’s nuts, right?
Why are our mornings so frantic?
Basically, we have a million things to do and when we wake up we hit the ground running. We realize that there are a ton of things on our to-do list for the day and we jump right in because we feel like the clock is ticking from the moment we open our eyes. Ultimately, we’ve got so much going on in our lives that we are in a constant “beat the clock” mentality.
Does it have to be this way?
Nope! Absolutely not! I have heard many examples from women who start their days in a much different way. They take their time to intentionally get things done and don’t feel the need to rush through their to-do list. They also take time to focus on themselves for a few moments each morning, which allows them to feel centered and relaxed once they do start tackling their to-do lists.
How can I do that?
Sounds good, right? Having a positive start to your day is 100% possible. No matter how busy you are or how many things you need to get done during the day, you are completely capable of starting off your day on the right foot. The way to do this is to set a morning routine for yourself. And the best part is that once you have established this routine for yourself, you will start to see how it sets the tone for the rest of your day. Once you get into the habit of following your morning routine, you will be amazed at how the rest of the day seems to flow with ease.
How do I set a morning routine?
The first thing you need to do is to decide what matters to you. There are a hundred different things you can add to your morning routine, so instead of feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start, try to make a list of how you want to feel every morning. If you add “grateful” and “happy” to your list, then you know you can choose items for your routine that will make you feel those ways.
To make things super simple, I’ve created an easy guide for you to follow for creating your morning routine. This guide walks you through the process of figuring out how you want to feel and then gives you ideas of activities that will help you feel that way. It’s kind of like an a la carte menu at a restaurant. You can pick and choose some items until you’ve built your dream morning routine.
Simply click the banner below to get access to your free Morning Routine Menu. All you’ll need to do is enter your name and email address and the guide will be emailed directly to you. Easy, right?
Once you’ve outlined your ideal morning routine, the next thing you need to do is get ready to follow the routine. Like most things in life, the key to success is in the prep work. Here are a few things you’ll want to do the night before you start your routine:
Set An Alarm:
I’ve got bad news, sister. In order to make your morning routine a success, you probably need to wake up earlier, which means you might need to go to bed earlier, too. Don’t worry, though! The easiest way to start waking up earlier is to make the change slowly and easily.
You’re a whole lot more likely to wake up early and stick to it when you gradually make the changes to your schedule. Start by adjusting your morning alarm by moving it just 5 minutes earlier. This is such a small change that you probably won’t even notice a difference.
Stick to this earlier time for a few days and then move your alarm another 5 minutes earlier. Within a week or two of gradually nudging your alarm earlier and earlier, you will eventually be able to wake up 30 minutes earlier than before, which is plenty of time for your morning routine.
Depending on the items you’ve chosen for your morning routine, you might have some prep work to do the night before. If you plan on meditating in the morning, then make sure you’ve downloaded a meditation app ahead of time so you don’t spend your meditation time frantically looking for a guided meditation to listen to.
The same goes if you decided to write in a gratitude journal. Instead of spending 10 minutes in the morning searching through desk drawers for a blank journal, take time the night before to find a journal that you’d like to use and set it by your bedside. You’re much more likely to actually complete your morning tasks if you’re ready for them ahead of time.
Take It One Step At A Time:
The quickest way to feel overwhelmed and decide to give up is to bite off more than you can chew and jump in feet first on a full morning routine. There’s no reason why you need to do all the things on your very first morning. Instead, choose the item that you are most excited about and start with that one. Once you’ve stuck to it for a few days, try adding in a new activity.
Give yourself at least a month to ease into your full routine. There’s no reason why it has to be all or nothing from the get-go. Allow yourself to slowly transition your morning and add new activities one by one.
And that’s it! Within a few weeks of starting this process you should start to see a huge difference in how your mornings pan out. Don’t forget to grab the free Morning Routine Menu that I created to help you out with this process! Simply click the banner below and you will be able to enter your name and email address to get this download for free.
Don’t forget to share this post with someone else who could benefit from a happier, more relaxing morning! And stay tuned for next week’s blog post, which will be all about how to start a gratitude journal.
Until then, sending all the light & love your way,
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