MORNINGS ARE CRUCIAL.
But you already knew that. Why else would you be here?
The thing to remember is that mornings set the tone for your entire day. But just as importantly, they can be an excellent time to fit in much-needed personal growth and self-care.
But here's the rub - they're also usually the most rushed part of the day.
In just a second you'll find 29 awesome ideas for routines and activities to mix and match so you can start creating your perfect (and productive!) morning routine. But first, here is my number 1 tip to get you maximizing your mornings in no time flat (so you can actually follow through with your activities, and wake up early & with intention).
SET THE TONE THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Just before you go to sleep, recite in your head or aloud an affirmation or statement for what your following morning will be like. Include things like:
- What time will you wake up?
- How much sleep will you get?
- How restful will that sleep be?
- How will you feel when you hear your alarm in the morning?
- What will you do first thing?
It sounds simple, but I'm tellin' ya it works! And it's SO easy. Why not give it a try?
Take just a minute to read through your affirmation, (maybe even keep it on your phone so you can look at it once you're all settled and ready to drift off). Believe me, if you do this with intention and belief, your morning will be productive and zen. Aaahhh.
Now with that tip out of the way, onto the ULTIMATE LIST OF IDEAS FOR YOUR PERFECT MORNING ROUTINE! (Was that energetic enough?)
Take what sounds helpful, enjoyable, productive, and overall amazing, mix and match, and create a routine that will knock your socks off.
1. WAKE UP X MINUTES EARLY.
In order for the rest of your activities to fall perfectly into place, you need to have time for them, am I right? But before you fret, let me assure you that the extra sleep you would have received is well worth the trade off.
And if you're really worried about it -
- try to eat more clean, artificial ingredient-free, energizing foods (this alone knocked off a good two hours of the sleep my body used to crave),
- try getting to bed 30 minutes earlier,
- or try adding into your nighttime affirmation/statement that your body doesn't need that extra 30 minutes of sleep (My body feels perfectly rested and energized after a restful 7 1/2 hours of sleep)
You'll be amazed what this can do.
2. SPLASH COLD WATER ON YOUR EYES.
This is a really simple tip that is SO helpful when you're perhaps waking up a little earlier than you'd like. The effect is instant and powerful. 'Nuff said.
3. DRINK A MORNING ELIXIR.
Whether it's pure water, warm water with lemon, or you're adding in some green powder or pure essential oils, it's important to re-hydrate after a night of sleep. Do it as soon as you get up!
4. BRUSH YOUR TEETH/SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE.
Brushing your teeth first thing makes it more likely that waking up early will become a habit. Once this secondary behavior is automatic (get out of bed > brush teeth), the waking up part starts to fall into place. Plus it makes your mouth minty fresh.
Scraping your tongue is an Ayurvedic practice that is also extremely beneficial. It's great for reducing your cravings and eliminating bacteria.
5. DO A HOT TOWEL SCRUB.
This is a relaxing practice that helps your body flush out toxins. Just grab a washcloth, place it in hot water, wring it out, and start lightly scrubbing your body from feet to head. This practice also promotes a healthy relationship with your body and helps wake you up in the morning.
6. TRY DRY SKIN BRUSHING.
Another detoxifying activity. This is great to do right before your shower, so once all the toxins are brought to the surface, you can just rinse 'em right off. Simply take your washcloth and lightly stroke your limbs, always working upward toward your heart.
Pretty self-explanatory. There are SO many ways to meditate and they're ALL beneficial. Whether you do a guided meditation, a silent meditation, use a mantra, or just focus on a few deep breaths, go for it and watch the benefits roll in.
8. PRACTICE A MORNING YOGA SEQUENCE.
Another great way to start your morning. These routines can be done in as little as 5 minutes and are easy to memorize. Just learn a few key moves and you can practice your morning wake-up routine wherever you are.
9. MAKE A SMOOTHIE.
Smoothies are great for breakfast for many reasons. They're nutritionally packed, they're easy to make and/or prepare ahead of time, they're easy to digest, and you can even take them on the go. Always add in some greens and you can feel fantastic about your breakfast!
10. USE ESSENTIAL OILS.
I LOVE essential oils, and I use them every morning. I'll add a couple of drops of lemon or grapefruit into my water, put some peppermint on my wrists to help detoxify, or rub a protective blend on the bottoms of my girls' feet to help protect them against germs throughout the day. There are SO many ways to go, and so many beneficial oils.
11. GO FOR A WALK.
A crisp walk around the block is all it takes to get your blood flowing. Take your dogs or your kids, or go by yourself for some quality self-care.
Visualization is an extremely powerful tool. You've always got a set of pictures running through your head, and the more you turn those pictures into something positive and affirming, the more your subconscious will work to turn those pictures your actual reality.
Of course the opposite is also true. If your pictures are negative and destructive, your mind reacts in the same way. Your subconscious calls the shots, and will work to make whatever you tell yourself true. So go for the positive, okay? Please?
13. RECITE AFFIRMATIONS.
This goes along the same lines as visualization. Along with images, you've got thoughts and words in your head. Turn them into something that works for you and propels you to the life of your dreams.
14. SAY A PRAYER.
This is honestly a form of meditation and is a great way to connect to your spirituality. I take a few minutes to pray every morning. The benefits are incomparable.
15. READ SCRIPTURES.
Along with my prayer, I always read a little from my scriptures. (These are just ideas to get your mind turning. Do whatever works best for you.)
16. TRY A BREATHING EXERCISE.
Whether it's some good ol' fashioned deep belly breathing, or some fancy schmancy breathing exercise, it's vital to connect with your breath. Your breath moves your body.
17. USE NASAL DROPS.
This is another Ayurvedic practice. But let me tell ya', their practices work! A few drops of oil in your nostrils will help clean the sinuses (so this is especially great if you struggle with allergies), as well as improve your voice, vision, and mental clarity. It's worth a try!
18. PRACTICE OIL PULLING.
More Ayurvedic techniques for you! Oil pulling is excellent at clearing the bacteria out of your mouth and sinuses. Simply take a tablespoon of pure oil (olive, sesame, etc.) and swish it in your mouth for anywhere from 2-20 minutes. (I know that sounds like a lot - just start with 2 or 3.)
For an added benefit, slip a couple of drops of essential oil in, as well. And when you're done, spit the oil into the trash so it doesn't clog your sink. As nasty as it sounds, that oil will gather a surprising amount of bacteria and toxins.
I'm always amazed at the differences even a few paragraphs of journaling makes. Getting the thoughts out of your head and onto paper is SO therapeutic. Using a journal is great at helping you work through your feelings and understand what paths are best for you moving forward.
A few pages of an inspirational or motivational book every day goes far. After a year, you could have dozens of books under your belt! Imagine what you could do with all of that information. Heck, you could probably become an evil genius if you wanted. (DISCLAIMER: I don't recommend you become an evil genius.)
21. MAKE YOUR LIST FOR THE DAY.
The morning is a great time to get clear. What are the most important things you need to do today?
BONUS TIP: Sit back an listen for the answer. Tune into your intuition and let it guide you. Inspired action will get you a lot further a lot faster than just ticking things off a list.
22. GET YOUR WORKOUT CLOTHES ON.
I try to get my workout clothes on as soon as I get up. This doesn't mean I'll workout right away, but I can't get dressed until I do. (Yes, sometimes this means I stay in my workout clothes all day long.) Get up. Get dressed. Get moving.
23. GET GLAM'D UP.
I have to constantly remind myself to do this. I work from home so it's really easy for me to lounge around and look shlubby all day. But getting ready in an outfit that makes me feel confident is SO helpful. It sets the tone. And makes it a lot easier to run errands.
24. HAVE A CUP OF TEA.
I personally use this separate from my morning elixir. A soothing cup of tea is something I love to have in hand once I sit at my desk and start sorting through my work. It's comforting, and if you do it right, can even aid in digestion, immunity, or other health concerns.
25. ORGANIZE 1 SPACE.
Wake up and get one thing in your home organized. Then take a step back and the look at how pretty it is. It's so nice to live in a beautiful, clean space for the rest of the day.
26. DO THE DISHES.
If I don't start to get my dishes under control right after breakfast, I'm doomed. They'll stack up for the rest of the day, and then when I look at them the next morning, it's too daunting of a task to want to quickly do before I get to work. Before I know it, Mount Dishmore is living in my kitchen.
Get your family involved and if you make this practice a consistent part of your morning routine, you'll never be scared of the dishes again.
27. BRAINSTORM ONE WAY YOU CAN BE OF SERVICE DURING THE DAY.
Service is great for your spirit, your happiness, and your self-confidence. It doesn't have to be something big, just think of a way to surprise your husband or show your gratitude to your best friend.
A good, simple morning stretch can promote digestion and detoxification, and can lubricate your joints and organs. Just get on the floor and set the timer on your phone for 5 minutes. Listen to what your body needs and where it wants you to focus.
Connection is vital for your happiness and wellbeing. Again, don't get fancy, just text a friend or give your spouse an extra long hug. Tell your kids you love them before they go to school. Get creative and remember that the connections we have with our loved ones are one of the most beautiful parts of life.
That's it! There's my list. Again, pick and choose which routines resonate with you and create your most perfect and most productive morning routine. One that puts you right in the flow of abundance (intention and excitement will do that!) and which has you eager to jump out of bed every morning.