Creating a Morning Routine & Why It Matters
Is it just me, or has the holiday madness already started?! I started putting up (light) holiday decorations last week and have been planning my Thanksgiving menu, working on my holiday gift guide, and trying to get a head start on all the errands that need to get done this month. No complaints at all, this is my absolute favorite time of year and I am intent on enjoying every last minute. With that said, it can be so easy to get burned out or sick when there is so much going on.
As much as I want to say yes to every event and party, I’ve come to learn that my body just can’t take that much excitement. One thing I realized is that I don’t have a consistent morning routine. I wake up early almost every morning and although I consider myself a morning person, I don’t have a routine that helps me get grounded and clear headed every morning. After talking to several different people over the weekend, I learned how important a morning routine is and why I need to invest some time and energy into cultivating one for myself.
Why do morning routines matter?
Morning routines don’t have to necessarily mean you’re up at the crack of dawn! What does matter is taking time. Whether its 10 minutes or an hour. Start your day the same way and develop rituals that allow your mind and body to prepare for the day ahead. I love waking up early but I find that more often than not my mornings consist of laying in bed until I have to get ready for work. Or rolling out and rushing to a workout class without any time to center myself for a busy day in front of me. My boyfriend has been telling me to prepare a morning routine for a while now. Unbeknownst to me, he has one that he does every day, usually after I leave for work! He claims it has changed his life.
A few reasons why morning routines matter…
+ They set the tone for the whole day.
+ They allow you to dedicate time to yourself and be selfish, even if just for a few minutes.
+ They make you more productive!
+ They help you determine what is more important and teach you how and what to prioritize.
You know the saying “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything?” If you start the day productive and grounded, I truly believe you are more likely to have that carry through the rest of the day.
For me, as a morning person, I find myself to be most productive when I first wake up. This time is incredibly precious, and is the best time of day for me to get the things done that I need to most (or the tasks that I am less likely to do later in the day… like work out, or clean, or a piece of work that I would otherwise procrastinate on…). I want to be more mindful of how I spend this time, and am going to make a real effort to dial in my mornings and create a lasting, meaningful routine.
What goes into a morning routine, and how do you create one?
Everyone’s morning routine might look different! A few examples of things people do in their morning routine – drink a big glass of water, drink warm water with lemon or tea, meditate, journal, stretch, exercise, read, turn off cell phone, make breakfast… the list goes on.
How I plan on creating my morning routine:
+ Stay off my phone for the first hour I’m awake (this will be hard!)
+ Practice more meditation/journaling in place of social media
+ Drink a BIG glass of water + a cup of yerba mate
+ Exercise or do some work
+ Listen to a podcast on my way into the office
Will adjust this as I go, but sharing a glimpse into my hopeful morning routine, to hold myself accountable! Also sharing a look from a few weeks back when believe it or not, it was still sweltering! I’ve shared some looks from Mister Zimi (one of my fave Aussie brands!) in the past, this is actually a swimsuit that I wore as a body suit with a matching skirt. I’ve actually been working to incorporate more basics and neutrals into my wardrobe, but I just cannot say no to a good print! What do you guys think? Prints vs. solids??
What’s in your morning routine? xo