It might sound crazy, but your morning routine can literally make or break your entire day. No, I’m serious. How you start your day matters.
There’s an old saying, “Start as you intend to go on.”
When it comes to some things, I’m top of my class. When it comes to easing myself gently into my day…not so much.
Now a lot of people talk about morning routines as far as running late. Sure, getting organized helps lower the stress caused by being late (work, school, doctor appointments, etc). Laying out your clothes the night before, getting up earlier, and leaving your house before you really need to are all great tips to face your day without freaking out.
What I’m talking about are headspace tips. There are things we all do from the second we leave sleep state that impact (positively or negatively) how this show is gonna play out.
Activities or habits that pretty much place certain thoughts and feelings in your mind at the beginning of your day – that you carry with you until the end.
Here are a few of the worst habits (practiced by me and probably a whole bunch of you ladies out there as well) that can make you want to just go back to bed and start over.
3 Awesome Morning Routines (You Need to Try)
- Stay off your phone for at least half an hour after you wake up. My eyes open, I’m checking my phone. That means diving into email that might make me feel horrible, noting all the things I haven’t finished, and jumping out of bed (yeah, I’m not even out of bed yet) in a full panic.
I tell everyone, “Do not check your phone in bed.” Why do I tell them that? Because it’s an awful habit! I don’t follow my own advice in this regard (I know I’m not alone in the do-as- I-say-not-as-I-do group). Nothing ramps up your stress and banishes all the good relaxation you got from just sleeping than a smartphone.
You probably use it as your alarm (I do) but you don’t have to pick it up. No, you don’t. Turn it off and focus on the rest of your morning routine before you touch it again. There are no emergencies on Facebook that can’t wait for you to pamper yourself a little bit. Come on…it’s filled with cat videos and political stories. It can wait!Stay off your phone for at least half an hour after you wake up. #morningroutinebenefitsClick To Tweet
- Drink the water…even if you hate it. I’m not a fan of many beverages. Coffee is my pro-inflammatory, high acidity drug of choice and I drink way too much of it. With that said, a glass of water first thing in the morning does wonders (not kidding) for waking you up and clearing the cobwebs. You haven’t had anything to drink in a lot of hours and your body is thirsty (you might be too foggy to notice).
It doesn’t have to be a huge glass since eight ounces is refreshing and does the trick. You’re going to notice the difference after a couple of days.
Here’s my little trick to making it happen. Every night, before I go to bed, I throw whatever chopped fruit I have in a sixteen-ounce mason jar with a lid (frozen fruit is awesome, too). The jars are cheap (about a dollar or so each) and versatile for a ton of stuff around your house. I chop up some fruit, fill the jar to the top with water, cover, and refrigerate.
The next morning, it’s fully infused (and delicious). It doesn’t make me crave coffee less…but it does ensure I’ll get at least one serving of good stuff every day. (I don’t let myself drink coffee until I’m done with my water.)
- Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more. Sitting at a computer all day, every day, tightens up places in my body I didn’t know could get tight. No matter how you spend your time – sitting, standing, running after kids – your muscles need some warm, gentle love. You can even do this while you’re still lying down!
When you’ve spent all night sleeping, jumping up and running around is a shock to your system. Stop for a moment and enjoy this new element of your morning routine. This isn’t a workout. There should be no pain or sweating.
Stretch your arms out in front of you and over your head. Make sure you take slow, deep breaths as you move. Stretch your legs, bring them up toward your chest to stretch your low back. Pivot your neck gently on your shoulders and stretch your torso first to one side, then the other.
This has multiple benefits! It helps wake you up, it warms muscles that could be stiff from sleep, it increases blood flow, and it ramps up your lymph system to help push out toxins that sort of sat around while you were getting your beauty rest. It really clears away the sleep and “la la” way you feel sometimes in the morning.
Take one of new morning routines and do it for three weeks. When you feel like it’s really part of your day, incorporate another one. Three more weeks, and boom!
There are plenty of good habits you can adapt with this method but the important thing is starting your day right. A morning that’s rushed, stressful, hectic before you’ve even gone to the bathroom sets the wrong tone for the rest of your day.
A morning routine that’s gentle, loving, and healthy (yeah, I slipped that in there) is sure to give you a few positivity points to tackle everything on your to-do list with a smile.A morning routine that’s gentle, loving, and healthy is sure to give you the boost you need dailyClick To Tweet
Shayne McClendon is an author and positivity practitioner. Shayne believes love crosses all boundaries, social castes, races, genders, and belief systems. If you are lucky enough to find soul-deep love, you should fight for it. Life-certified, reader approved.