Morning Routine

A morning ritual sets the tone for your entire day. Here are some suggestions to help start your day on the right foot:

Don’t hit snooze (more than 2x). I don’t want to get into the habit of delaying or putting things off. So as soon as my morning alarm goes off, I try to get up right away. If I’m feeling extra tired, I’ll allow myself to hit snooze, but no more than twice. This trains me to be disciplined rather than taking the easy route.

Make your bed. Why is such a small task such a big deal? Naval Admiral William McRaven, said it best: “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.” 

Journal. Grab a notebook and take a moment to jot down the following:

1. Three things you are grateful for.

2. Three affirmations (I am healthy, energetic, determined, etc.).

3. Three positive things you are expecting from the day ahead.

It will only take a few minutes, but this activity sets your mind up for a positive and productive day.

Drink water. Your body has gone many hours overnight without water, so it’s important to hydrate upon waking. For an extra boost, try warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to kick-start your digestive system and support your liver.

Meditate. The morning is the perfect opportunity to take some time for YOU before your busy day begins. Even if just for 5 minutes, find somewhere quiet to sit, listen to relaxing music or a guided meditation and breathe. You can meditate on a mantra or Bible verse that brings you a sense of peace that you can carry with you throughout your day.

Get moving! I get it; we aren’t all morning people, but try to do a little something to get your blood flowing first thing in the morning. Whether a strength training session, a walk, yoga or simple stretching, movement = energy.

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