I’ve decided to write my morning routine in my journal for each weekday. I’m going to try to stick with it and report how following it went at a later point!
Having a morning routine can provide stability and can become a healthy habit once you establish what needs to occur during the morning before you have to leave for school, work, etc.
Keep in mind that your morning routine should be REALISTIC for YOU, not anyone else. You also shouldn’t include things in your morning routine that you think you need to do, like waking up at 5am and working out if you like to sleep in and consider your exercise your daily walk to the subway station.
But seriously, consider writing up your daily morning routine! It can be a journal entry that is incredibly artistic or more basic (mine’s the latter), you can do it with Google Calendar or a similar scheduler, you can type it up, whatever works for you! I’d definitely recommend color coating it however you see fit–color wakes up the eyes!
- Have a consistent wake up time for weekdays. You shouldn’t be waking up at 5am on Monday, then at 8am on Tuesday. It might be nice to sleep in, but know yourself and be aware that having inconsistent wake times isn’t the most healthy.
- I’ve seen many tips on how to jumpstart your morning, and consistently I’ve seen two items that I’ve tried that do seem to work: 1. make your bed and 2. wash your face with COLD water! If you make your bed right after you wake up, you won’t be tempted to crawl back in (most likely). As for washing your face, you’ll get a jolt from the cold water hitting your face that will shock you into an alert state!
- Do not keep your phone by your bed! You’ll be tempted to hit snooze many many times or lay in bed browsing through social media for an hour instead of using that time to get ready for the day.
- Plan your outfit and prep any meals the night before. This saves you time in the morning and reduces stress.
- Consider working out in the morning. It doesn’t need to be strenuous! It can be 15 minutes of light stretching or yoga, just to wake you up. Or, if you need more movement, go for a walk for get on the treadmill or elliptical for 15 minutes. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, just enough to get you going!
- Always eat breakfast. It can be a granola bar and a piece of fruit, or a yogurt cup–it doesn’t have to be gourmet. This is especially important if you drink coffee, because drinking coffee on an empty stomach can wreak havoc.
- Leave checking emails and looking at social media until you’ve finished getting ready and eating breakfast. If you’re like me, you can easily get sucked in and lose track of time.
- Leave early! This is especially important if you take public transportation. Always give yourself enough time to commute. If you get there early, check your emails and social media then! Or review files for work, study for an upcoming test, etc.
I hope you enjoyed this post and consider trying writing out your morning routine and sticking with it to jumpstart your days on your happy and healthy adventure! ❤ 🙂