6 Tips for a Good Morning Routine

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For most of my child and young adult life, I never considered myself a “morning person.” I would sleep the day away if I could because I considered myself a night owl. During high school, I would stay up all night talking on the phone and would barely make it to school on time. When I started working at a hotel at the beach, I had to get up at 5:30 a.m.… but I didn’t enjoy it.  I would hit snooze as much as I could, skip breakfast, rush to work, and then feel like I was trying to catch up the rest of the day.

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My morning routine was horrible and it started to really take a toll on my physical and mental well-being and really impacted my productivity.  However, I decided that I needed a good morning routine in order to set myself up for a great day. It all started when I went to college, and I knew that not having a good morning routine and feeling overwhelmed and disorganized were connected.  So in an effort to inspire you to create your own great morning routine, I want to share some tips to create a morning routine!  

STOP HITTING SNOOZE

You are only fooling yourself if you think an extra five, ten, or twenty minutes of sleep is going to solve all your problems for the day. In fact, I’ve found that mornings I hit snooze a few times tend to be my groggiest and grumpiest mornings.  Because let’s face it: no matter how many times we hit snooze, we eventually have to get up. So just set one single alarm and disable any snooze settings.  This simple change can really make an impact to your morning routine. It will improve how you feel and how productive you are throughout the day.

HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE

For those who read my blog regularly, you know this is no surprise. I love coffee, but you could have a glass of water or tea instead or whatever floats your boat. Just pour you a cup of something and enjoy it. You should make a morning routine like a ritual- peaceful, relaxed, and indulgent. Plus, it’s a super easy way to wake up your body in the morning. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself the pleasure of enjoying your coffee.

STAY AWAY FROM YOUR PHONE

In an attempt to keep my eyes open in the morning, I often used to scroll through Facebook and Instagram. It was a huge struggle and a horrible idea. Not only does it launch me into a million thoughts and questions, but I hadn’t even given myself a moment of thought. I would sometimes lie in bed for almost 30 minutes, scrolling mindlessly. That was not a great way to start my day. One morning, I promised myself I would peel away from my phone in the mornings. Since then, I feel more centered and connected with myself in the morning as I begin my day.

BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

This one might seem super obvious, but regardless, it’s so important. When I feel confident about myself, I’m bound to have a good day. Like many women, feeling confident is important to us. Not only because it helps me have a better day but because you are ready to take on whatever the day will throw at you.  

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EXERCISE

I know exercising in the morning isn’t for everyone, but it’s so beneficial to you.  I mean it could be as simple as walking your dog for thirty minutes or as extreme as an hour at the gym. You can set you standard. Exercising will get all the blood flowing and shake the sleepiness off. I like to exercise in the morning because it makes me feel like I’ve already accomplished something good.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

I remember in high school, my alarm clock would actually play my favorite radio station. Listening to music is a great way to get motivated in the morning. You can create your favorite morning music playlist and dance your way into a productive great morning routine.

EAT BREAKFAST

How many times have you heard your parents or teachers say, “Make sure you eat breakfast”? That’s because breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I don’t have to explain that to you guys but I do want to make sure you eat something. It doesn’t have to be a huge breakfast or even a sit down meal, just something quick and healthy if you prefer something small!

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If you create a good morning routine, you will be setting yourself up for success. Now, I work in Houston, and I happily wake up at 5 a.m. each day. Even on the weekends, I’m usually up by 7 a.m. It could be that fact that I’m enjoying my job, but I think it has more to do with that fact that I’ve learned so much about creating good habits and a morning routine.  Your morning routine sets the tone for the entire day, and if you do right each day, you’ll do life right!

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