How do you feel when you first wake up in the morning? Do you feel excited about the day? Tired? Or bored from doing the same mistakes every day without getting any different results?
The first things that come to mind when you wake up can be related to how you ended your day last night, but also has to do with what you do repeatedly.
If it doesn’t feel very good at the beginning of your days or feels hard to get out of bed, you may want to create a morning routine that you cannot wait to wake up to.
Your own morning routine, directed towards you, your life, and your goals.
Set the day right and wait for the rest of the day to work for you.
What is the difference between a habit and a routine?
Habits are unplanned or unconscious repeated actions, whereas routines are a set of previously made conscious actions that are meant to turn into habits or even not.
So, what is the main goal of having habits and routines from the first place?
The two are actions, and actions have reactions or what in life called results.
If you want different results, you got to build habits and have routines.
Why do planned morning routines work?
When you wake up every day to practice the routine you choose to serve achieving your goals, you get excited to devote the rest of your day to the same intention you choose to start your day with.
Your routine was also built to give you clarity, increase your motivation, and charge your battery to reach where you want to go effortlessly and quickly.
What to include in your life-changing morning routine?
It differs based on the weaknesses you aim to improve and the results you aim to receive.
It could be increasing focus, having a clearer vision, caring about your health, setting the day right, feeling good about the world, or simply enjoying the new beginnings.
Whatever you are trying to accomplish, this should be your start point?
What type of change are you looking for?
We all seek the life-changing whatever comes our way. But what type of change exactly are you looking for?
Specification is vital for getting results because you cannot go elsewhere until you decide what this place is.
Make your own list of what the life-changing scene yours is. Does it mean reaching your best weight? Does it include receiving a higher salary? Or working on your dreams more, building your business, or having confidence.
DRAW on paper what is life-changing looks for you. Pick the most important two goals and the closest to your soul to focus on the following weeks of your life and commit to them.
Then, build your life-changing morning routine based on that.
Why having a morning routine is important?
Mornings are the beginnings of new pages in your life story. So much is defined and based upon how things start. First impressions stuck till the end; the first sentence of a novel is strong.
How you choose to begin your day may make all the difference.
It is the part of the day where you wake your system up, your mind and your soul to your mission, and how the rest of your day shall go.
Ideas and habits to include in your life-changing morning routine:
Affirmations are self-made statements that are meant to affirm and enforce a certain state of being. Positive affirmations are very popular in the personal development and personal growth fields and are widely used by many successful people.
The reason why using affirmations may help transform the direction of your life is that your mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not! The mind only acts upon the information it is given.
If you tell yourself that you are successful, for example, your mind is going to believe and start making this a reality.
A morning routine that includes self-made affirmations is so powerful because you tell your mind exactly how you want your day to be about.
You can prepare a list of your own affirmations and repeat those several times or listen to a recorded list both would probably work.
An example of an affirmation list could look like this:
I love myself
I appreciate my efforts
I am constantly progressing
I am loved
I am safe
I am enough
And the list goes on and on.
What do you want to see more of in your life?
Mainly, to write down what’s on your mind and how you feel is what journaling about. The great thing about journaling is that it does not follow a certain structure; it is free writing. When you journal, you need a pen, paper, and your thoughts. Colors and art are also included, so be creative and reflect your true self.
Let’s say that you started to journal about an issue that has been bothering you lately! What are the benefits that may come with that?
Now you have a clearer mind and less anxious about the feelings you hold towards this specific issue. All that has been worrying you and causing you fear and confusion is right in front of you on the paper. You get more control now.
It is also another great way to know more about you, what you truly love, appreciate, tolerate, and whatnot.
and some of them are:
- Manage depression
- Lower anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Strengthen the immune cells
- Improve mental health and focus
- Increase creativity
Journaling works differently for everyone, but if you want to have a deeper connection with yourself, gain more control over your thoughts, and be at peace with yourself, journaling is a great choice.
Ideas for things to write about in your journal:
- What motivates you in life
- Your goals for the year
- Your strength points
- Your weaknesses
- Things you are grateful for
- Challenges you are facing
- What makes you happy
- What makes you sad
- What is unique about you
Nurture your body
After a good night’s sleep and your body repairing itself, the first thing it needs in the morning is some care and nourishment.
It is you and your body that lead the day with all tasks and problem handling. If you give your body the right fuel, probably it will support you till the end of the day.
Your body fuel is water and nutrients.
The first thing you feed your body first when you wake up matters. Some choose to start their day with plain water, others with a healthy light breakfast or a green juice. Whatever your choice is, it needs to be light, healthy, and nutrient-dense.
When you start the day by deciding to give your body the vitamins and minerals it craves, your body is going to support you throughout the day, and you are less likely to have stomach issues, low energy, or unexplainable mood changes.
Hydrating and nourishing the body are two essential steps to be added to all morning routines for a balanced day.
Feelings of frustration and disappointment that hit you in the middle of the day show up usually because of not giving yourself enough care and quality time.
If you stop a lot between tasks, face a lack of motive, suffer from low energy, and overreact to unexpected events, this is a sign you need to pay attention to your self-care part of the day.
By choosing to give yourself some quality time in the morning intentionally and not as a duty, it will be easier for you to identify what exactly that you need to give to yourself to express your best in life.
Do not put a static morning self-care routine to get out of the duty zone; make a different choice every day. Choose to do a thing for yourself that will please you, but set a specific time for that so that you don’t run out of time.
Today it could be having a shower, putting on a mask, going for a walk, reading a part of a book, drawing, dancing, or calling a dear friend for connection.
If you are on a weight management journey or got some goals related to your fitness, exercising at the beginning of the day may be responsible for seeing those awesome results much faster.
Unplanned Exercise days may be stressful because you got no idea about which thing should go first. Working out before going deep into your daily tasks and chores will give you the needed support, energy, and focus to finish other things much easier.
It is also another relief for feelings of guilt that come with skipping training or going to the gym. Charging your batteries by working out in the morning is a good start to be able to give your best for the rest of the day, in addition to the many benefits that come with exercising.
Exercise benefits expand far beyond reaching your optimal body weight; training is a good tool to help you look at yourself in a better way, improve the overall quality of your life, strengthen your immune system, lower inflammation, and decrease the chances of falling victim to many diseases including cancer, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
Whether you have tried meditation before or this is the first time to hear about it. This mind and body practice is an important part of the morning routine of the most successful people in the world.
The good thing about meditation is that it is available for everyone at anyplace, anytime, and at any age.
Even though meditation is not a magical fast change creator, however the consistency of the practice, even for short periods of time, has very satisfying results.
Practicing meditation can better emotion processing, enhance mental health, increase focus and calmness, and fight the struggles that come at night when trying to fall asleep.
Meditation can even physically change the brain for the better and support DNA stability.
Studies also show meditation’s effectiveness in managing and lowering the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and many other health illnesses.
The calm nature of the mornings is the best for meditation.
Don’t you think it is the time to take adding meditation to your morning routine a little bit seriously?
More ideas to try adding to your life-changing morning routine:
- Meal plan for the day
- Listen to an audiobook
- Go outside
- Write down important reminders
- Drink herbal tea
- Do aromatherapy
The reason why you don’t want to stick to a pre-made morning routine is that everyone’s goals, life circumstances, time availability are not the same!
It could be beneficial to try somebody else’s routine for some time, but most of the time, you need to be the planner of where your life goes.
Here is an example of how a 3-hour productive morning routine could look like:
Wake up at 5 AM
Spiritual practices (30 minutes)
Morning affirmations (10 minutes)
Journal (10 minutes)
Exercise (30 minutes)
Breakfast and YouTube (40 minutes)
Self-care (30 minutes)
Get ready (30 minutes)
Having a morning routine may help you create the life change you are seeking much faster, but your morning routine is not going to work until you put in discipline and commitment.
Routines can be broken sometimes. If you don’t feel like it someday, has a change, but it needs to be often days where you have routines to put your life into order and feel the accomplishment you seek.
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