Why you need a morning routine

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Do you ever find that your day seems to spiral out of your control? That you wake up and feel like you jump straight on to the hamster wheel until you crash out in front of Netflix in the evening, only to have a night of poor sleep?

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I used to feel that way all the time, I was so disorganised and unproductive. What I came to realise was that I needed to get myself a routine!

Now when you first think of morning routines maybe you get visions of people meditating for half an hour before doing yoga and drinking their green smoothie. Well it certainly doesn’t have to be, let’s face it, that unrealistic! We all lead full and busy lives and a morning routine should support us, not add another set of unrealistic tasks to an overflowing to-do list.

A simple and practical morning routine will set you up for a productive and organised day reducing stress levels and supporting healthy habits. It doesn’t have to include lots of steps, in fact 3-4 things is ideal.

To create your morning routine start by thinking about how you currently spend your mornings. Are they rushed? Hectic? Disorganised? Think about how you’d like to feel in the mornings, even visualise your ideal start to the day and go from there.

My morning routine is simple and includes taking three deep breaths when I wake up, drinking a mug of warm water and lemon and setting my 3 most important tasks to get done that day. Other things like brushing my teeth and getting washed are already done automatically so I don’t need to include them. Once something falls into place, then you can add in a new item if you wish.

Of course a good morning routine flows from a good evening routine. I always try and make sure I have my little boys nursery bag prepared and his clothes set out for the next day. If I’m at the gym, I’ll make sure my gym kit is laid out ready to go in the morning. I also try and limit using my phone and tablet in the bedroom, although I certainly struggle with that one!

Like all new habits, it might take a couple of weeks to settle in, so write the steps of your morning routine down on some paper or on a note in your phone to check back on. Make it an area of focus for 2 weeks.

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Here’s some more ideas for things you might like to include in your routine:

  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • A fast workout like High Intensity Intervals or walk or jog
  • Preparing a healthy lunch and snacks
  • A short meditation
  • Journalling
  • Dry skin brushing

Some people enjoy having quiet time before they start their day, in which case you might want to go to bed slightly earlier so you can wake up a little earlier to fit that in.

Try structuring your morning routine and even your evenings and see what positive impact it has on your day!

Laura Agar Wilson

wholeheartedlyhealthy.com

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  1. Carman Chee says:

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  2. Jessica Jade says:

    So important to have a morning routine, it can easily change you mood & make you feel brill for the rest of the day!

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