Mornings. We may not like them, but they’re important. Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. A good morning routine can be the difference between a crappy day and a good one. Mornings matter. Which is why I’ve implemented the 3 easy steps below to create my own magical morning routine.
Now a morning routine may not sound particularly sexy. But I truly believe it’s the key to living an intentional life, rather than a reactionary one.
Not only does a decent morning routine make you more productive, it also ensures that you make time for what’s really important to you.
How many of us really spend our time on the things that are important to us?
The majority of us snooze the alarm every morning, eventually crawling out of bed, groggy and grumpy, with just enough time to get to work. Then we hurriedly get ready, rush out the door, and arrive at work already feeling stressed and demotivated.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Although the prospect of setting your alarm a little earlier might not be all that appealing to begin with, it really is worth taking the extra time to get up a bit earlier and start the day off on a positive note. Not only will you feel calmer and be more productive as a result, but you’ll also be less likely to squander your time on things that aren’t important to you.
For me, some quiet time drinking my coffee in bed in non-negotiable! So that means I currently get up at 4:30 am, so I can still carry out my morning routine before training my morning clients. Although there was definitely a period of adjustment to my new wake up time, it’s totally worth it to start the day feeling calm and ready to give my clients my best.
After all, if you start your mornings right, your days tend to go right, and if your days go right, your life goes right!
So, if you’re ready to create your own magical morning routine, here are the three key steps to make sure your day gets off on the right foot.
I love coffee, and I seriously doubt I could get going without it, so coffee is definitely a permanent fixture in my morning routine. But even so, I still start my day with a big glass of water first.
There’s some evidence to suggest that even mild dehydration may impair cognitive function potentially causing headaches, loss of focus, fatigue and low mood. Chances are, you’ve just gone at least 7-8 hours without any fluids at all. So rehydrate, and start your day right by drinking a big glass of water when you first wake up.
The other key features of a miracle morning routine is taking some time to set your intentions for the day. You know the saying, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’? Well, it’s true! If you don’t take some time to plan your day you’re unlikely to put your time to good use.
I use the BestSelf journal to record my goals, plan my day, and practice gratitude. Personally, I notice a HUGE difference in productivity between days I use my journal and the days I don’t.
Some form of exercise should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. The health benefits of daily movement are well established, and you probably don’t need me to recite them here. But you may be less aware of the impact timing can have.
A study compared people who exercise at 7am, 1pm, and 7pm and found that the morning exercisers showed the greatest improvement in blood pressure and sleep quality.
Even if you can’t fit in your full routine in the morning, a short workout or walk around the block can have a beneficial impact on your cortisol levels, and therefore your sleep quality. Bonus points if you can get some exposure to daylight while you’re doing it.
Make This Magical Routine Your Own
Although I think these are the three things everyone should be doing to have a magical morning, don’t be afraid to personalise this routine. This is the basic framework, but take some time to think about what’s important to you and add it in.