How did you start your day this morning? Do you know that the way you start your day is vital to your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health? This is why cultivating a happy and mindful routine is the best way to say, “Good Morning!”A morning routine is the difference between starting your day aimlessly and starting your day with intention. It determines whether your day controls you or whether you control the overall direction of your day. Click To Tweet
Though you can’t foresee how your day will unfold, what you can do is channel how you respond to what happens. By setting aside some time for a morning routine that cultivates positive feelings, you’ll be in a better position to manage your day.
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There are actual psychological benefits to having a morning routine. The simple act of developing a morning routine is a habit-forming process. Your habits create your mood. And, your mood is the filter through which you experience life. By establishing good daily habits, you improve your mood, and your experience throughout the day is much more positive.
It doesn’t matter what time you say, “Good Morning.” What matters is what you do once you wake up, as this will direct your energy and create momentum. This positive momentum of your internal energy makes you an unstoppable force.
Don’t believe me?
Implement an easy morning routine that fits your lifestyle this week and find out for yourself!
Ideas for a Mindful Morning Routine
Your morning routine shouldn’t be based on someone else’s idea of a happy and mindful start to the day. It should suit your lifestyle and be customized to what you find calming and enjoyable.
The point is not to do what others do, but to create a routine that works for you. Try different combinations of activities until you find the perfect fit. Be flexible and allow it to evolve and change according to what’s going on in your life. What’s important is carving out some time just for you each morning, so that you can start your day off right.
Are you ready to get started?
Good! Here are some uplifting ways that I hope will inspire you.
Don’t Grab Your Phone
Checking your phone first thing in the morning tends to increase your stress and anxiety. This practice also hijacks your thoughts, time, and attention, which primes your brain to be distracted for the rest of the day.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed first thing in the morning may feel like a chore, but it’s actually an accomplishment. When you can accomplish your first task of the day (making your bed) as soon as you wake up, you feel inspired to complete your other tasks. Make it the first part of your morning routine.
According to an article published on Chopra, the way you start your day dictates the way you live your day. Mornings are the ideal time for meditation as you’re less likely to make excuses not to meditate. It also helps you to be more productive throughout the day by calming your mind.
Have a Hot Beverage
Carve out some quiet “me time” each morning while you enjoy a hot beverage. Sip on your coffee or tea in silence, either outdoors or your favorite spot in your home. Use this peaceful time for introspection or to visualize how you’d like your day to go.
Whether you read the newspaper or read a book, this is a great way to start your morning. Adding reading to your busy schedule is important, so why not add it to your morning routine? This gives you a dedicated time to catch up on the latest news or educate yourself on a subject of your choosing.
Have a Healthy Breakfast
You can really amp up your morning routine and properly prepare yourself for the day ahead by having a healthy breakfast. Instead of just grabbing an apple, how about chopping it up and tossing it over oatmeal that you made the night before. Smoothies are also an excellent choice if you don’t have time for a full breakfast.
Mornings are the perfect time to exercise and including it in your morning rituals will help you establish a fitness routine. Although you can do intense workouts if you prefer, slower exercises seem to work better in the morning. Try some yoga, Tai Chi, or other stretching exercises.
A shower is a wonderful component of your morning routine; especially if exercise is part of it too. Cool showers stimulate your nervous system and will help you to wake up properly. This is also a good place to review your plans for the day ahead or visualize the outcomes that you want.
A simple morning makeup routine is life-changing. Plus, the act of applying your makeup can be therapeutic. By including makeup application to your morning routine, you’ll feel prepared to take on the day. Here are 5 tips to give your makeup routine a pop:
- Make your very own tinted foundation by mixing your concealer with face oil or moisturizer. Blend well and apply.
- Create an immediate wide-awake look by applying a nude-colored eyeliner directly to your waterline.
- To cover up dark circles, apply a magical Instant eyelift. It’s an under-eye treatment AND brightener that feels like a facelift. It’s by Trish McEvoy. She calls it the ‘Triangle of Light’ because it conceals darkness. And I promise it does!!
- Keep it simple. Use an eyeshadow stick that you can easily sweep on your eyelid. You can also use a simple upper eye base, brightener and that instantly creates a vibrant and bright look. You can wear them alone, which is a great timesaver.
- Fingers were meant for makeup. After you’ve applied your lipstick, put your finger in your mouth. Close your lips around your finger, then quickly pull your finger out. Like magic, lipstick on your teeth NO MORE!
Plan Your Day
The final step for a good morning is to plan out your day. If you’ve visualized how you want your day to go while enjoying your coffee or having a shower, then you’re halfway there. Once you’re ready for the day, make sure to plan it out according to your schedule so you have a strategy to win the day.
Your morning routine matters more than you think.
Unlock the real benefits of having a morning routine by using the ideas I shared, to create your own.
Small lifestyle changes are all that it takes to create these healthy habits.
I’m aware that not everyone has a bundle of free time in the mornings. So, keep an eye out for next week’s post where I’ll share some morning routine tips for parents and how you can develop daily routines with your kids.
Which morning routine idea is your favorite?
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