IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST MORNING ROUTINE THEN YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
HERE IS A LIST OF 10 THINGS TO DO FIRST THING IN THE MORNING BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE.
Not everyone is a morning person but it is true what they say: if you start the day off on the right foot, you increase your chances of having a more fabulous day.
Here’s a list of the 10 things I do every morning before officially beginning my day.
(Note: I usually leave the house around 8:30 when I take the kids to school or weekend sports). The things on this list feed my soul and make me feel like “hey, this is going to be another great day.”
1 – TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND SHOW SOME GRATITUDE
Isn’t it just great to be alive? My idol Oprah says that the act of showing gratitude and writing down what she is grateful for every day is the single most life-changing action that has positively impacted her life. Ever since I have started to do the same I feel more blessed and totally grateful for everything in my life. So take slow, deep breaths and take note of what you are grateful for.
2 – KISS & CUDDLE YOUR LOVED ONES
I once read that if you spent just three minutes with each child first thing in the day – solely focused on them, without distraction, looking into their eyes and listening to what they had to say – that it would eliminate a lot of misbehavior and attention-seeking behaviors.
This works just as well in practice as it does in theory.
If you think of everyone as having a cup that needs to be filled with love, one-on-one time together is the quickest way to fill that cup to the brim. There’s no joy in sending a loved one to work or school with an empty love cup. So kiss, cuddle and make sure to say “I love you” to the people who need to hear it the most.
3 – MAKE YOUR BED
I wrote about the importance of this task in my recent post A LAZY MOM’S GUIDE TO CLEANING THE HOUSE. As I mentioned there, this is a deeply ingrained habit stemming from my teenage years.
It is literally the first thing I do upon exiting the bed (unless the sheets need to be stripped for washing; on those days I have the clean replacement sheets ready to go straight on). The reason I do it is simple – it takes less than one minute to do it (honestly it’s that quick!) and totally ups the tidiness status of your bedroom once complete.
Tidy room = tidy and clearer mind, remember?
4 – DRINK TWO GLASSES OF WATER
We all know the importance of drinking at least 2 litres of water a day but how many of us actually get our daily quota in? I know I am prone to forgetting it if I don’t make this my priority in my morning.
To mix things up I usually have some water warm with a dash of lemon, honey and ginger. I also make sure to prepare my 1 liter water bottle at the same time, so that it is ready to go with me when I walk out the door (the goal is to drink it all and refill it once to get my 2 liters in).
I also tend to drink the bulk of my water intake earlier in the day so I don’t have to worry about getting thirsty later and waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Yes, this is a simple task but it is super important and essential, in terms of achieving good health.
5 – DRESS IN A WAY THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
How many of you have ever put on an outfit quickly, then at around 11 a.m. realized you hated what you picked out and consequently felt crap and uncomfortable for the rest of the day?
Um in case you can’t tell I’m putting up my hand for this too – yep, I’m totally guilty to falling prey to “wrong outfit choice” syndrome. Firstly let me say that it helps if you simply discard all the clothes you hate or don’t fit anymore because it only causes clutter in your mind and cupboard.
Secondly I really believe that clothes have the power to affect my attitude for the day. Don’t believe me? Then try putting on a corporate suit or ball-gown for a few minutes and tell me how you feel. Trust me, you feel totally different depending on what you are wearing.
My goal is to dress in a way that makes me happy every day. I’m a little older now so I worked out my own unique style by way. I know what makes me feel comfortable and confident. You need to do the same too – find clothes that will positively impact your attitude for the day and dress in a way that makes you happy too.
6 – WRITE DOWN A LIST OF THINGS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT DAY
The secret to doing this task well is to identify the things that are on your mind. There are always a few things that you KNOW you need to take care of.
For me it might be: getting my car registered, booking a dental appointment, getting my receipts in order for the accountant, clearing out my inbox or calling someone back etc.
The things you want to take care of are the things that are never, ever going to go away. And if you ignore them, they will only cloud your mind further. So pick what is achievable to tackle that day.
Remember though there are seven days in a week. You don’t get a medal for trying to be superwoman and ticking every box off if you lose your mind in the process. Just schedule what is feasible and most important (even if it’s only two things) for that day.
7 – SCHEDULE SOME TIME FOR YOU
Life wouldn’t be much fun if you never got to chase your own dreams or have some me-time. Make sure that every day involves something special that you can do for yourself. It can relate to a goal or dream of yours or it can be as simple as planning to have a warm bath after you come home from work. Either way it should make your soul feel nourished once the task is actioned.
8 – GO FOR A WALK
I’m lucky in that we live not far from a walking track, which is buzzing with people taking walks every morning. Walking counts not only as exercise but it is a great way to get some fresh air and clear your mind before you begin the day ahead.
I also take this opportunity to listen to one of my favorite podcasts (see here for my list of FAVORITE PODCASTS) or a playlist on Spotify. If you don’t want to do the same, you can always play some music when you are back home. Music can be so therapeutic and uplifting.
8 – PLAN YOUR MEALS
We all know good health is important but it is easy to be led astray if you don’t have a plan and get struck a massive pang of hunger later on the day (why does pizza or hot chips suddenly seem so attractive then?).
I have found it best to have a plan for the meals ahead (and maybe even give it some thought on Sunday night before you start your week – the coolest thing we have done in our family is write down a list of 20 meal ideas and we just pick five meals to have on the weekdays ahead.).
When you know what you are having for the meals ahead, it takes away any stress associated with not having a plan (even though your family still needs to be fed!). You can also plan for the healthiest and most nutritious options ahead of time and note what you need to get if you don’t have an ingredient in stock.
9 – PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
Once upon a time it was all about meditation but when I have tried it in the past I have often failed miserably because my mind just wanders away. So my new thing is mindfulness – focusing on the present moment and nothing else. Sort of the same thing but different, right?
This means when I washing my face I actually focus on the feel of water on my skin. When I eat breakfast, I don’t shovel the food into my mouth. Instead I focus on every bite. When I talk to my kids, I hear their words and observe their actions instead of letting my mind drift off to other things.
Be intentionally aware.
It’s not possible to do this every day, all day but I do try to practice mindfulness for at least 15 minutes every morning, just to centre myself and remember that life is happening now, not yesterday or tomorrow. This is it.
10 – DISCONNECT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Our lives are crazy enough with technology and social media nowadays that we don’t need to ruin our mornings too worrying about what other people have said or done that day.
Does it really matter? No. Will you die if you don’t check Facebook or Instagram in the morning? Nope again. Will it still be waiting for you when you finally check it out later in the day? Yes definitely – none of that stuff is going away any time soon.
Give yourself and your mind a break from worrying about things that don’t matter. Start your day instead focused on your own life, your own goals and dreams. And on the living, breathing people who are right now in your life and standing around you.
This is your real life – so do your best to start the day on the right foot.
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