With kids back in school your mornings may have once again become the most crucial part of the day. There is a lot that has to happen for an organized and smooth morning. But having a good morning is something you can accomplish on a regular basis when you utilize a morning routine.
Why Are Morning Routine’s Important?
Morning routines are often thought of as something that only organized or productive people do. The truth is though, every single person has some sort of morning routine. They just might not be consciously choosing to do things that are beneficial.
The best way to have consistently good mornings is to choose a morning routine that actually helps you, instead of hindering you.
Listed below are a few tips to help you have the best mornings possible. You may even find yourself becoming a morning person.
Start the Night Before
The best morning routines actually start the night before.
Obviously, if you can get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling rested, then you’re more likely to have a better morning. Try to make quality sleep a priority. Don’t watch T.V. or scroll through your phone right before bed. Research has shown that artificial light from our electronic devices interfere with our bodies ability to go to sleep.
Anxiety or stress may also interfere with our sleep. If you can’t seem to settle your mind, try making a list of the top 5 things you want to get done the next day. You can even assign a specific time when you plan on finishing the tasks.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a journal-planner hybrid for organization then click here.
You can also reduce anxiety and set yourself up for success by packing your lunch, and laying out yours and the kids clothes the night before. Then you know you don’t have to waste time looking for a missing sock during the morning rush.
Getting yourself into an emotionally and mentally good place when you wake up can help improve the rest of your day.
Start with gratitude:
Be aware of the first thoughts you have when you wake up. Often our first thoughts are of exhaustion or even dread, but if you can instead train your mind to have thoughts of gratitude you may find yourself having an easier time getting out of bed. Make it a habit to think of at least three things your feel grateful for, and one thing that you are looking forward to during the day. That one thing could be seeing your friend after work, or something as simple as having a sip of your favorite coffee. Just thinking about the good things you’re looking forward to will help you feel better in the morning.
Take time for your goals:
Our goals and hobbies in life provide us with motivation, fulfillment, and satisfaction. You may need to wake up earlier than normal, but actively working towards your personal goals right when you wake up will jump start your heart and soul.
So whether you want to run a marathon, write a book, practice yoga, or create a side business, spend some time working towards your goals. It could be an hour or even just fifteen minutes. But it’s best to try and do this in the morning before the kids wake up. You’ll find that you’ve filled yourself up with energy and excitement and that it’s now easier to do the sometimes draining and mundane tasks that need to get done.
I hope these ideas have given you the motivation and inspiration you need to take charge of your morning routine. And who knows? Maybe morning will become your favorite part of the day.