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, so here’s a little glimpse into how I start my mornings that works for me.
My Morning Routine that Keeps Me Calm, Inspired, and Happy
The way you start your day can set the stage for how the rest of the day unfolds. Here’s the best way to start your mornings.
A while back I read that if you jump into your day by starting with work and emails and social media the moment you wake up, you’re probably going to be stressed out for the rest of the day.
I’ve definitely found this to be true in my own life. On the days when I start with “putting out fires” for work and responding to situations that need my urgent attention, then I’m much more stressed out and on edge for the rest of the day.
Even if I started my days with a few hours of dealing with stressful issues and then had nothing else to work on the rest of the day, I would remain stressed out just because I started my entire day with stress.
The best way to start your mornings is with an intentional, quiet morning routine, even if it’s something simple.
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(Depending on your living arrangements, you might need to wake up before other people or family members in order to have some time to yourself).
I like to read something inspirational in the morning – before I read anything else or figure out my to-do list – while drinking a cup of coffee. Seriously, making my morning coffee is the trigger that lets me know that my day is starting. You might prefer making a cup of tea or having breakfast instead.
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Some people like to add in a morning meditation or exercise session or a number of other healthy habits, but it’s really up to you what you want to do.
The important thing, though, is that you get into a habit of a consistent set of actions that prepare your body and mind for the day ahead WITHOUT jumping headfirst into work.
I would also avoid reading social media or the news first thing in the morning because both of them can definitely stress you out. Instead, grab an inspirational book or blog post and soak in the encouragement and quiet.
It’s better and less stressful to ease into your day slowly rather than jump in headfirst.
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Here’s my morning routine:
– 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 lifelong 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.
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– 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 and responding to emails and doing any tasks that need immediate attention.
– 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.
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