Does your morning begin with you hitting the snooze button? Maybe it begins with you having to jump out of bed with barely any time to brush your teeth? If either of these is familiar it’s time to think about how you can start bringing a sense of calm and control through a solid morning routine.
The idea is you should start your day on YOUR terms. If you start your day in a rush and a panic then your whole day will be a reactive mess where you’re just looking to survive.
But… if you create a morning routine around small tasks meant to create control, calm and happiness, then hopefully your day will follow that trend as well – and if it goes completely sideways on you, at least you’ve taken control of your morning and tomorrow is a new day.
Below are some quick and easy examples of some things you can do in the morning to help conquer the day ahead.
Make your bed
This is a great example of one tiny thing you can do that can potentially have a big impact on your day.
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 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.
An alternative you can use would be to clean or organize your bathroom counter after showering, maybe take some clothes to your washer/dryer. The point is to complete a small task, something to give you a sense of control – so even if your day is disastrous you’ve done that one thing to keep things on track.
A Glass of Lemon Water
- Doing some light leg stretches
- A short yoga routine
- Hitting some mobility work to warm up the body – check out our article on becoming a beast for an intro to animal movements that work great for this.
Crafting A Morning Routine That Works For You
These are just some examples of what you can do in the morning to start your day off right. In the end, it’s all about what works for you, what brings you closer to your goals and makes you happy.
A little trick I like to use myself is waking up an hour before I actually “need” to wake up for work. This allows me to devote that first hour of the day to myself before my employer.
Try it out – it doesn’t have to be an hour, just 15 minutes to start. Wake up and devote those 15 minutes to YOU.
Let us know what your morning routine looks like and what strategies you use in the morning to set yourself up for the day.