Create a morning routine #bebetter52
Even if you do not consider yourself a morning person, at some point you, too, have to wake up and get out of bed. Although you might be sleepy-eyed, it is important to understand that how we start our mornings can positively affect the rest of our day. In a world where we can’t control everything that comes our way, we can control how we start the day off.
This week’s 52 Week Be Better Challenge is to create a morning routine. More specifically, we want you to wake up at least 15 minutes earlier than normal to allow you time to create a morning routine that works for you. We hesitate to tell you exactly what your morning routine should be because each person’s needs are different, but we offer guidance with some thoughtful suggestions. The most important element of the challenge this week is that you look forward to your morning routine, not dread it.
We love a quote from Katie Dalebout from Wellness Wonderland: “I want to be so in love with my mornings I can’t wait to go to sleep at night, like a child on Christmas Eve so I can wake up for morning.” She emphasizes that you don’t have to do the same routine every day. “The only thing that must be 100 percent consistent about your morning routine is that you 100 percent adore it,” she writes.
Some people might find this challenge easy because they are “morning people.” They get up and start their day early and motivated. For others it might take a little more effort to create a morning routine that inspires them to get out of bed. So we are here to help you take control of your mornings by creating a morning routine that inspires, balances and uplifts you.
First off, it is important to share a recent article: “7 Things Healthy People Do in the Morning.” They are very simple things you can do to improve your morning, and therefore improve your day.
1. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
2. Do not check your email or phone for at least an hour.
3. Think of one thing for which you have gratitude.
4. Step outside and take a deep breath.
5. Move your body.
6. Take time to eat a healthy breakfast.
7. Say your affirmations.
We are providing a list of suggested activities to practice within those 15 minutes. Please feel free to mix and match our suggestions to make them work for you.
Disclaimer: Try to eliminate early-morning phone use for your morning routine. According to an IDC Research report in 2013, 79 percent of people use their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up. Checking your email, Facebook and Instagram distracts you from creating a routine that uplifts. You waste time that you could use meditating, exercising or eating a healthy breakfast. 15-minute morning routines
Drink a glass of room temperature lemon water.
Walk outside and take deep breaths.
Say out loud three things that you are grateful for.
Prepare and mindfully eat a good breakfast.
Drink a cup of herbal tea.
Write in your journal for 5 minutes.
Meditate for 5 minutes.
Look into the mirror and say three affirmations out loud.
Drink a glass of room temperature water.
Stretch for 5 minutes.
Be active for 10 minutes, including yoga/walk/run.
Ponder opportunities to serve someone while deep breathing.
The most important aspect for this challenge is that you create a routine that motivates you.
Some of the most successful people in the world have morning routines. It is not something that just happened to them; it is something they chose to take part in. If you need some more ideas on morning routines, check out guest blogger Emily Bosworth’s advice on creating a morning routine. Also, we stumbled upon a great website called My Morning Routine that has an entire archive of routines organized by category.
Quote: “How you start your day is how you start your life” -- Drew Canole Good luck.
Be Better, and remember to post those pictures.