Morning routines! It’s always interesting to see how other people start their days, and this is a popular thing to talk about by vloggers on Youtube. I haven’t ever seen someone do a morning routine that’s related to staying happy and anxiety-free, so here’s a little glimpse into how I start my mornings that work for me.
My Morning Routine that Keeps Me Calm, Inspired, and Happy
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– Wake up naturally between 9-10:30 am or so. I usually go to sleep the night before around 10:30 or 11pm, so I get lots and lots of sleep. Trying to make up for all those times in high school and college that I got 3 or 4 hours of sleep or pulled all-nighters. 😛 I’ve done alarms in the past before but it just stresses me out so since I’m self-employed I take full advantage of that by waking up when I feel like it instead of at a certain time.
– Grab my iPad and either read an inspiring Kindle book or go on Pinterest and read something inspiring and motivational. I also like looking at inspirational quotes, but I almost always spend the first hour of my day just getting inspired and in the right mindset to take on the day, even if it means waking up earlier to fit in some early positivity. I like to learn new things every day and be a continual life learner.
I usually sneak in reading email at this point too, though I try to only read newsletters from my favorite coaches rather than responding to emails that need my attention (give yourself at least a few hours before you get all stressed out over what you have to do today).
Seriously, if you start your day by responding to emails that are all demanding your attention, you’re going to be stressed out and frazzled the rest of the day. Same as starting the day with social media or scrolling through Facebook.
– Make a cup of coffee. My morning cup of coffee officially signifies that I’m starting my day. Sometimes I eat breakfast and sometimes I don’t. Instead of following the “you must eat breakfast or else” rule, I follow the “I’ll eat if I’m hungry” rule.
– Then I go back to my iPad and ease my way into the workday with my coffee. At this point I’ll probably start reading emails and responding to any if necessary.
I usually also check stats for my business, such as page views from the previous day, sales, social media followers, etc, just to see how things are doing.
– At some point when I’m done with my coffee, I’ll work primarily on writing blog posts and doing marketing and social media stuff. This might be the point when you head off to work or school.
That’s it! Just a few intentional hours in the morning can set you up for a happy, calm, and inspired day ahead. I hope this gives you some ideas for your own morning routine.