How To Create a Morning Routine That Will Set Your Day Up For Success
Developing a set morning routine is a game changer. If you know me, you know I’m a huge morning person and I thrive in the mornings. If you struggle to find structure in your day and often find yourself rushing out of the house, coffee tumbler in hand, you might want to think about developing a morning routine. Even if you're not a huge morning person, having a routine is extremely beneficial and sets the momentum for the rest of the day. I like to fill my mornings with things that bring me joy and make me feel my best!
Step 1 to finding your perfect morning routine: Wake up early
You don’t need to set your alarm at 5 a.m. every morning, but I highly recommend getting a pretty early start to your day. If you normally wake up at 8, try shooting for 7. Give yourself about an extra hour of total "me time". This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to fit in 100 more things in that hour, but this provides you some extra relaxation time to enjoy your morning before you start the day.
I find that starting my day just an hour earlier makes a big difference. I feel more calm and I love the feeling of getting everything I need to get done while still having the day left to enjoy.
Step 2: Coffee, Journaling and Reading
Ahhh, yes. You don’t want to skip this step. Not only does it wake you up, but there’s just something about walking to the kitchen, grabbing a cute mug, and enjoying the smell of coffee as you pour a big cup. I recommend having a big glass of water along with your coffee and taking any vitamins or daily supplements at that time.
I love enjoying my coffee in bed while journaling and reading. I’ll start with reading a chapter out of some sort of self-help book. I’m currently reading, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis. I find that just one chapter gets me extremely motivated and excited about the day ahead. If you're not a huge book person, try listening to a motivation podcast or ebook. I’ll also plan out my day and write a list of non-negociables, as well as things I’m grateful for.
I find that I do my best thinking during this time, so if I’m really feeling it, I’ll brainstorm some dessert ideas, work on my art journal, or any side project I’m currently working on!
Starting my morning like this helps set the tone for the rest of the day. Taking this extra time and sitting down to work on my mindset has helped me so much. I found that switching this step out with the half an hour that I used to spend in bed on my phone does wonders. Its like exercise for your brain!
Step 3: Workout
I am a huge morning workout person and find that as the day goes on it gets harder and harder for me to workout. Find a workout that you enjoy and go for it! I’ve really been enjoying at home workouts lately (thanks to quarantine), but some mornings I just feel like a quick yoga flow or stretch!
Do whatever your body feels like, whether that’s high intensity or low intensity. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, anything to get your body moving will do!
Step 4: Breakfast
Another step you don’t want to forget: Nourish your body! Food is fuel and I promise that eating breakfast will make your day so much better! My breakfast of choice is normally something filling but not too heavy. I love a good fruit & yogurt bowl or some avocado toast. (Check out my instagram page @eats.by.gabby for some healthy breakfast ideas!)
There you go, I promise that incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine will make the biggest difference and you will find yourself looking forward to the start of a new day.
Side note: Be specific with your routine. What music do you listen to when you get dressed? What time do you aim to wake up by? What breakfast makes you feel your best? Being more specific with your goals will help ensure that your morning routine sticks! The way you spend your first couple of hours helps you determine the rest of your day, so set yourself up for success.
Disclaimer: not all of my mornings look like this, but its definitely something I aim for. If my body needs to sleep in, I’ll let it; If I wake up sore, I won’t work out; and if I don’t feel like journaling, I won’t. Plain and simple, no matter what, always listen to your body! It’s got your back like no other! (: