Everything you need to know to start a morning routine!
This page contains all the relevant that you need to start your morning routine today (or tomorrow morning). Starting with a morning routine can be overwhelming for a myriad of reasons. Maybe you are not a morning person and the thought to get up earlier frightens you, maybe your mornings are cramped already and you are really not sure how to squeeze in a routine. But don’t worry, this page got you covered and can you find everything you need to know right here!
Why a morning routine?!
You might wonder why you should consider a morning routine in the first place. Maybe you already do certain parts of a morning routine at other times during the day and you simply do not see the added value of a routine. You can refer to the following posts that contain all the arguments why your morning should include a routine:
You are also not alone with practicing a morning routine, many famous and successful people have gone before you. On the blog section of Smart Morning Routine, analysis and descriptions will be provided of morning routines of successful people. You can use these posts for inspiration and they underline the importance of having a morning routine in the first place.
How to start a morning routine?
Starting with something is not always easy, you want to get started with the right motivation and more importantly also at the right pace. Sometimes it is better to slowly implement changes in your life as you are likely to burn all motivation if you go too fast. It happened to all of us, you made a New Year’s resolution to really start going to the gym. The first weeks of January everything goes like a charm and you go three times a week, coming from zero this is a huge improvement. However, you soon burn through your motivation and after three weeks you barely go, to throw the towel in the ring in February. This is such a shame and could have been prevented when you take it a step at a time. Of course, this works differently for different people, and for some people the only way to really do something is 150%.
So if you are not the kind of person who can easily jump into something head first and also stick to it, you might want to consider taking smaller steps at a time. Pick the one (small) thing that you can commit to, then stick to it so it becomes part of your daily routine. Start with something small, wake up 10 minutes earlier every morning and commit these minutes to yourself. If you feel comfortable waking up earlier after some time, wake up 10 minutes earlier again.
Now use your extra time and do a small morning exercise, plan time for self-reflection, eat a healthier breakfast or write down your goals for the day. Don’t try to do all at once, you will likely feel overwhelmed and are less likely to stick to it. Sticking to your commitment is what matters most. You are inherently more likely to be motivated by your own achievements when you commit to something and this is an important factor to stick to it in the future.
What should a morning routine consist of?
Different people do different things in the morning, but there are certain rituals that most people have included in their mornings. There are however, of course, different ways to do a certain ritual. Most people would argue that morning exercise is important, but you can do a fitness workout in your living room, you could go for a run or you could go cycling. In the blog section of this website, we will cover a lot of different activities and help you with suggestions. To give you an idea of the main rituals that are recommended to include in your routine you refer to the details below.
Rise and Shine – It is recommended to not hit the snooze button. Set a realistic time for yourself to wake up and stick to this time. Place your phone/alarm away from the bed if required, so that you are forced to get up.
Physical Exercise – A great way to start the day is to stretch your muscles and do physical exercise. You will have all the benefits of exercise during the day.
Silence/Meditation – Planning a moment of silence in your mornings is great to reflect on your emotions, dreams, and your goals. It will help you to get in touch with what matters to you and to stay focused and clear on your path.
Reflection – It helps to actually keep track on emotions, feelings and what you want to achieve for the day. By writing it down, you will be able to measure it. At the end of the day, you can reflect on what you have achieved so that you can make adjustments where needed.
Hydration and Nutrition – It is suggested to start the day with a glass of water or comparable, it will help your body to hydrate after the night’s sleep. A healthy breakfast in the morning will supply you with all the needed energy for the rest of the day and prevents you from gaining weight.
Personal Activity – After you almost finished your rituals it is good to focus also on something that you greatly enjoy doing. A lot of people like to write in the morning as it boosts creativity and self-reflection, others like to read to be more inspired during the rest of the day. You can also use this time to work on a side project that you enjoy immensely but don’t have time for during the rest of the day.
It is also suggested to fresh up in the morning so you have a clean start of the day. You might have a personal ritual already of what makes you feel fully prepared to be awesome. Of
Of course you are free to make modifications and changes to the above rituals, there is no wrong or right but only what works best for you.
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