How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you hit the Snooze button and snuggle the pillow for an hour or two longer…dreading the day ahead?
Or do you awake feeling grateful for another day, excited by all the amazing possibilities that are presenting themselves to you?
The first few hours after waking up are vitally important for setting the intentions and tone of the day. This is where establishing a morning routine that inspires you to feel fresh and ready to take on anything can make a big difference to how your day goes.
The beauty of a morning routine is that there is no one way to do this. While its purpose is to ensure you feel joyous and inspired to take action – it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply take these ideas and go with what feels best for you…
Early risers are believed to be happier, healthier and more productive than people who go to bed late.
A 2012 study published in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion, reported that “More than 700 respondents ranging from ages 17-79 were surveyed and asked their emotional state, health and preferred time of day. Self-professed morning people reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls.”
Getting up early also helps you to get ahead of everyone else who is sleeping. This is essential for business people and those who have many projects on the go.
In fact, many successful life coaches and leadership experts suggest rising early – even at 5am, so you can have the time to focus on achieving your goals. Making getting up early a new habit may take some time to establish, but once you repeat this often enough, it will start to feel eel natural.
Pacing the day before it even begins starts with slowing the mind down. If you find that you are constantly feeling agitated, anxious or troubled by what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow – you are not living in the present.
Meditation slows the chaotic nature of the mind to a pace that encourages a natural allowing and acceptance of the present moment. You don’t have to practice for long either – repetition is key.
Once meditation becomes a new daily habit you will start to enjoy the benefits that show up in your life for you.
More peace, awareness, less anxiety, along with better ability to cope with stressful situations are just some of the benefits from having a daily meditation routine.
A powerful way to focus your mind is to use affirmations and visualisations to align your thoughts, feelings and energies with your deepest desires.
Daily repetition of positive affirmations can make you feel in alignment and close the gap between any sense of lack and what you are attracting to you. Holding the belief with the intention you already have it, is truly powerful. You need to believe it- let go – and then receive it!
When you create focus on your desires, you gain clarity on what you want your life to look like. Remember, we are creative beings in a world of amazing potential and possibilities – we are creating all the time, so why not think BIG and see what happens?
Creating a vision board with all your goals and dreams on it, then focusing on the images – and using your other senses where possible such as sound, touch and smell can all affirm this reality into your brain.
Repeat this daily and the Universe will work its mysterious creative powers to bring these things to you.
Being grateful for another day naturally creates good feelings inside. It’s too easy to wake up and focus on your problems – we all have them.
Yet it’s much more productive to give your energy to solutions. And instead of worrying about it, to ask yourself what can you do today to solve the problem so it’s no longer an issue.
Once you realise there is always a solution – if you are aware and can accept it, then the answers come naturally. Success is the natural result of gratitude as you are being happy no matter what.
This is real power and will only make you feel good, thereby attracting more abundance and joy into your day.
Keep a gratitude journal for a week and write down at least three things you are grateful for each day.
You may be surprised by how simply giving your energy to appreciation and joy attracts more joy and amazing feelings into your life. And then you’ll want to be grateful every day, even if it’s the worst day ever. You will be able to see the silver lining in everything and be grateful no matter what.
Make your favourite drink and sit down with a good book. Ideally, reading some self-development is a good idea because this focuses your mindset in a positive and inspiring direction.
Other good choices include poetry books, autobiographies of people who inspire you, religious and spiritual texts or books with a business or creative edge that show you how to prosper for yourself.
Learning a language is also ideal in the morning as you are alert and focused on the task ahead.
Key to this task is to approach learning something new every day with an open mind and a joyful heart for maximum effectiveness.
Exercising first thing may not be your ideal way to spend your morning, but there is evidence that it can supercharge your productivity levels.
By enhancing your focus and keeping you engaged in your daily activities you’re more likely to have a winner’s mindset and achieve all of your goals.
It’s essential that you do an activity that you enjoy – yoga, swimming or walking are all good ways to elevate the heart rate and stretch out the muscles – raising your energy levels in the process.
You don’t have to challenge yourself right away and go for a long run if this doesn’t come naturally to you either. Easing your way into the day with simple exercise is great for stretching both yourself and your mind to reach beyond your current capabilities and limitations. Just relax, enjoy and go with the flow 🙂
Achieving what you set out to do and it’s only 10am is a wonderful and an almost relaxed feeling – and one you will want to repeat to stay focused on accomplishing your goals.
After some gentle exercise, you may want to do an hour of focusing on a work task you need to complete. Subconsciously, this is stating to your mind that you are taking action towards achieving your projects. You are fighting procrastination head on – and WINNING!
Perhaps a simple part of your morning routine could be to create something unique and beautiful.
If you love to draw, why not do a sketch? If you’re a painter explore the simple use of colour on canvas…or if you enjoy writing, you may find yourself effortlessly writing a poem, or adding words to your next bestseller.
There are no rules with this – the key is to create from a place of heart centred joy.
Do what feels good to you and once again, by taking action and exploring your creative juices, you are overriding the inner critic part of your mind that says you
can’t/won’t/shouldn’t do something as you’re not good enough/can’t draw/aren’t creative – delete as appropriate.
Being creative aligns you with your natural state of joy and purpose. It can also make you want to add more of this beautiful expansive emotional based energy into your own daily routine. All you have to do, is the open the door to allowing.
These are just some ideas to get you started on the road to creating your own awesome morning routine. This list is by no means definitive and you certainly don’t have to feel like you need to do them all at once…
Simply choose what activities feel good for you right now and calmly and consciously allow your magical morning routine to reshape the rest of your day for the better.