“Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket
Morning. That word can symbolize various meanings depending on where a person would rate their satisfaction with their current physical, mental, emotional and spiritual condition. They way we think about the morning can impact our wellbeing either positively or negatively. And that can affect us in either a helpful or hurtful way.
I am pretty sure that if you are drawn to this article then you may be looking for a way to revamp your morning routine, to learn more about what a morning routine is and what it can do for you, or you may just want to include a morning routine as part of a regular self-care activity or as a goal your therapist “suggested you do”. And if so, good for you for taking care of yourself. You are seen!
Here are some feel good suggestions that you can tick off of your “Morning Routine Checklist”, if that is your thing!
1. Create a Realistic and Consistent Habit
Everyone wants to win, so let’s not set ourselves up for failure. Instead, set goals that are achievable. You want to “get out of your comfort zone”, even if that means taking little baby steps. These steps can be toward something that is not so far from what you naturally do but still something you are not yet comfortable with or do daily. Starting with small goals can help increase motivation and allow you to create a morning routine that is more likely to become consistent. Keeping it familiar to you and your lifestyle can make it something you want to do everyday because it doesn’t feel like a chore and because it is rewarding. Some questions to ask yourself may be: How can I accomplish this goal? Are there specific actions that you plan to take that are likely to bring success? How realistic is this goal based on any foreseeable barriers? Some examples of barriers may be a fluctuating work schedule, lack of privacy, minimal control over noise, or sleeping issues.
2. Remind Yourself Why This is Important to You
Take a moment to take 3 slow deep breaths in and out. Now, it is important for you to remember that the practice of taking an active role in protecting your well being and happiness in times of stress and calm is healthy and a part of your human rights. But if you are going to carry out a regular morning routine I guess you will need to not just take my word for it. When you do finally resonate with this statement above, it may be easier to set boundaries or assertively communicate with others to protect your precious morning “me time.” Commitment here is key. Some tips to help you get their mentally and emotionally might be to ask yourself the following: Why is/was creating a morning routine meaningful for me? Is this the right time to be starting or rebuilding a morning routine? Would creating a morning routine prevent me from achieving something else? Your answer to the first question will help ground you when and if do you lose consistency and take a few days or weeks to hibernate in. And remember, these moments of regressing back to old behaviors are part of the process!
3. Some Great Places to Start
Now let’s get to it because morning is a great time to incorporate the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is all about bringing your focus and attention to the present moment. As you develop your morning routine you may realize that this is probably not the best time to mentally ruminate on past concerns, experiences or memories as it is counterproductive to the quiet relaxed “me time” you are trying to gain from this experience. It also may not be helpful to spend your morning worrying about your future day, week or life unless you have decided you will be engaging in some helpful activity such as creating a vision board or journaling. This is an opportunity to relax your breath, notice distractions and feelings that follow and then attempt to bring yourself back to the current moment while still being kind to yourself with your thoughts.
Some quick and simple ways to make your morning brighter include but are not limited to the following: taking a brief walk while receiving fresh air and sunlight, taking a moment to fully hydrate yourself with refreshing water, discovering three things to be grateful for in your life right now, reading, engage in aromatherapy (especially if you are working from home), listening to music or an uplifting podcast and meditating or moving your body with yoga or exercise. Think small, like 5 minutes. Please don’t be “extra” and “do the most” if you are new or a beginner. Any way you cut it, this is an opportunity to prioritize yourself and your care. This added “me time” will positively affect your day. It is a pretty straightforward math equation. Morning Routine + Your Day = More Popping Day. And remember if you don’t prioritize you, who will.
4. Get Accountability
Grab a friend who is a safe and trusting confidant and get them involved. They must be generally very supportive of you, your positive changes and your development of healthy habits. This should be an opportunity for them to learn about the fun things you are doing with your life and a time to inspire them to get on board if they don’t have a consistent morning routine that helps them feel calm and relaxed before they begin the hustle and bustle of their day. The goal is for them to essentially check in on you and “check you” gently, reminding you to get back on track when you are not doing the things you told them you planned to do. Since they are here sharing responsibility for you staying consistent to your morning routine activities, they also get to enjoy witnessing and supporting you to craft the ways you reward or incentivize for yourself. Your accountability buddy can help keep you motivated if you find yourself struggling to maintain your new habits. Some helpful questions from your main accountability partner can be: What is preventing you from your morning routine? What type of support would you like while helping keeping you accountable? What lessons have you learned when things went when wrong and when things went right?
Now let’s get it popping!
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