Establishing a good morning routine can work wonders for your stress levels. The morning offers you an opportunity to take some time to visualise the day ahead. It allows you to be active in the direction of your day and gives you some time to spend preparing yourself mentally and physically for the day ahead. The morning offers a moment of solitude that should be treasured (especially if you have kids!)
I think most people would benefit from a well-planned morning routine. Of course not all of us are morning people but if you schedule it into your daily plan and stick with it for a couple of weeks it will start to develop into an enjoyable habit.
You can use your morning routine to plan and make clear the goals and tasks for the coming day.
You can use it to do tasks that you will not have time for once the day has started such as exercise, reading, writing or some other essential task.
You can also use this time for something calming and relaxing such as meditation.
To help get you started make a list of all the activities you would like to include as part of your morning routine, this can include things such as…
- Making a healthy breakfast
- Reading (not emails)
- Writing a journal
- Watching the sunrise
- Visualising a great day ahead
- Gratitude mantra
- Choosing your 3 most important tasks of the day
These are just some ideas; you can of course add your own to this list. Once you have jotted everything down go through the list and select 3 – 4 activities that you can comfortably fit into the time allowed for your morning routine. Play around with it and see how it goes if you have extra time you can add another activity but don’t overdo it the point is that it is relaxed not hectic. If you are running short of time consider dropping an activity or if possible getting up earlier to extend your allowable time. Do not do any work related activity during your morning routine this can wait until the day starts. Make sure you include fun activities in your morning routine that way you will be more likely to stick to it.
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