I never used to be a morning person.
In high school I would wake up groggy and mumble my way through getting ready, only to get on the bus with a sour look on my face and filled with anxiety. When I went away to university I realized that I could no longer be like that. I had to make time to go to the gym and do things adults do like laundry and actually making my own breakfast. So I began to form the habit of a morning routine.
It has taken almost five years, but I have finally found a routine that sets me up right for the day ahead:
- My alarm goes off at 6:00am. I have worked through many kinks in the time I wake up. I used to have to wake up at 5:00am because I had no choice. Then I started to take advantage of the flexibility in my time throughout the day causing me to wake up at 8:00am or later. This made me feel rushed from the moment I woke up. 6:00am is the perfect time because I wake up feeling rested, and I haven’t wasted my day away.
- The first thing I do is wash my face. This is a new habit I just started, but it really adds pleasure to my morning. I use Clean&Clear face wash with its bursting beads to really help my skin prepare for the day ahead. The beads also wake me up.
- I do not eat anything until I have drank my water with lemon in it. Lemon helps restore the electrolytes to your body after a long sleep. This helps wake me up and also hydrate my body for the rest of the day.
- I journal and meditate. My journaling is typically the same every morning. I always start out with any grievances I may be feeling, or any judgements I may have been holding from the day before. This allows my mind to unload before I begin my day. I also like to write what I am grateful for in my life, and some “I am” statements. These statements are announcements of what I want to have in the future. It puts the energy out in the Universe. I always end my journal entry with this affirmation “I release all of my judgemental thoughts and I choose again”. It reminds me that everything I have judged the day before is written on the page and I can move on with my day with a clear head. I am going to be honest .. I do not always write out my gratitudes or even my “I am” statements, but I always write out my judgement thoughts and forgive them. It is a huge load off my chest. Once I finish journaling, I meditate. I meditate anywhere from 1-5 minutes depending on how anxious I am and whether or not I can focus on my breathing. After my meditation I pull 3-4 cards (one which is featured here every day).
- I read a personal growth book or listen to a podcast. I go through stages. Sometimes I love sitting down with a good ol’ book in my hand, and sometimes I need to do my personal development on the run so I turn on a podcast. Right now I am reading two books: “You Can Fix Your Brain” by Dr. Tom O’Bryan and “Unfu*k Yourself” by Gary John Bishop. The first one is about nutrition and the second one is for limiting beliefs. When I want to listen to a podcast my four favourites are: “Happier with Gretchen Rubin”, “The Rise Podcast”, “The Rise Together Podcast” and “Bosslady Status” (created by one of my mentors).
- I workout. This is probably not a surprise as I am a health and fitness coach, but I truly believe that working out in the morning is the ultimate tool to setting yourself up for success throughout the day.
If you want to have a product and happy day you have to get in a good morning routine. I would love to hear some of yours!!