I was never a morning person. In fact you could easily find me sleeping in until noon on the weekends. When I did finally wake up it took hours before I was ready to do anything productive. Don’t get me wrong, I was a hard worker. From the hours of 3pm-11pm I was a force to be reckoned with. That schedule just didn’t work for my life. By the time my kids were getting home from school I was just getting into the swing of work and wasn’t giving them the attention they needed.
What I was doing wasn’t working.
I knew I needed to change my schedule but I lacked the discipline needed. Eventually, as my business grew, I forced myself to start waking up earlier but wasted hours every morning trying to get started. I just didn’t have the motivation. The snooze button would get hit over and over, zone out in front of the tv and just take forever to get going.
I needed a routine.
I read an article on the importance of starting a morning routine and it clicked with me. Too many days I was aimlessly wasting hours trying to wake up. Whether you have a hard time with mornings or love them, a routine will benefit you. Starting your day in a disciplined way gears you up for success.
Each person’s routine will look different. What you need will be different than what I need. However, I do think every morning routine should have a few foundational building blocks.
Time to focus.
Before anything else in the morning it’s important to take the time to get into the right mindset. I spend time in prayer and focus on the things I am grateful for. This automatically directs my mind to things that matter most for me. I love using this amazing gratitude journal. I For you this time may be meditation, journaling or repeating a mantra.
Plenty of water.
Most of us go through each and every day dehydrated. I was no exception. Until recently I mostly drank Dr. Pepper…I know I’m cringing too. I start each day with a giant tumbler full of lemon water. Increasing your water intake will jump start your metabolism, keeps your skin clear, helps you think more clearly and keeps you from overeating (too often we mistake thirst for hunger).
Get your body moving.
This isn’t news to anyone, exercise in the morning is ideal. It gets are heart pumping our kicks our metabolism into gear. And I don’t know about you, but if I put off exercise until later in the day there is a good chance it wont happen. Tackling it first thing in the morning helps start your day with a sense of accomplishment.
This is an area I have always struggled with. I’ve never been much of a breakfast person. Breakfast foods in general don’t appeal to me. The breakfast struggle recently became even more challenging when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. While I am working to repair the damage I have done to my gut I am on a very restrictive diet (gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, no eggs and no red meat) and choosing a breakfast has become even more difficult.
My nutritionist encouraged me to let go of the idea of “breakfast” foods. Instead to focus on eat something filling. I now make a huge batch of chicken vegetable soup using rich bone broth on Sundays. Every morning I have a bowl of it. Yes, its weird but it’s the happiest I’ve ever been with a breakfast. The point is not to get caught up on what the food is. Just make sure its healthy and filled with the protein you need to get your day started.
Does your morning routine include something I left out? Tell me about it in the comments!