Updated: May 11, 2020
Morning routines have been linked to increased productivity, focus, and even happiness. The great thing is, it doesn't really matter what that routine consists of, just that you are implementing it daily. Of course, I am partial for those that promote health in all facets.
Not yet secured your own routine? Or looking to include some other components? Below are a 10 things you can consider adding to your morning to routine to set yourself up for a happier, healthier, and more productive day.
It doesn’t need to be rigorous. Starting your day with some fluid stretching, easy walking, or even a short 10-15 minute home workout can help improve your mood, energy, and focus throughout the day.
2. GET SOME SUN
Did you know that we are biologically wired to wake and sleep with the cycle of the sun? That means that exposing yourself to some good ol' fashioned sunlight in the morning will help jumpstart your cortisol production naturally to give you energy throughout the day, and set you up for a better sleep at night.
3. DRINK LEMON WATER
Starting your day with a glass of lemon water can help hydrate you of course, but also warm-up your digestive system. Both of which are even more important if you consume coffee or tea, as they are diuretics. Additionally, lemon water is a great source of vitamin C, acts as an immune booster, and even aids in liver detoxification.
4. CREATE A COFFEE OR TEA RITUAL
Notice the word ritual here. Most of us consume some sort of beverage in the morning and whether or not we realize it, we’re often addicted to the ritual of it as well. Consider making a truly enjoyable ritualistic experience out of your favorite caffeinated (or non-caffeinated) beverage. Maybe sit in your favorite chair with your favorite blanket. Or pair it with another part of your morning routine. Either way, emphasize the experience of it, even if just for a few minutes.
5. GET TO JOURNALING
Utilizing a journal for gratitude, thoughts, goals, and random musings helps to create a space to pause and reflect on our own thoughts and feelings—something that our society doesn’t often prioritize. Before the day gets the best of you, take a few minutes to connect pen to paper—what comes out isn’t as important as allowing yourself the time and space to do it.
There’s nothing quite like reading something inspiring, educational, or uplifting first thing in the morning. Research has shown that we actually retain more information when we read in the morning, so consider it the ideal time to read something informative or motivating!
7. MEDITATE, PRAY, PRACTICE STILLNESS
Whatever your spiritual preferences may be, setting aside some time in the morning to connect with your higher power, inner self, God, the universe, or simply with stillness, can be an extremely powerful addition to a morning routine.
Now if I’m being honest, I am not a morning shower kind of person. I love getting into bed after a long day and a nice hot shower. BUT that’s not to say it won’t work for you. The shower is simultaneously relaxing and uplifting which sets a pretty great tone first thing in the morning.
9. ENJOY QUALITY FAMILY TIME
Setting aside time to chat or eat breakfast with our loved ones is such a simple, yet often overlooked part of a morning routine that can have a very positive influence on health. Human connection is an integral component of a happy and healthy life.
10. LISTEN TO SOMETHING
Prime your brain and your mindset with something educational, inspiring or fun to listen to. Better yet, you can easily pair this with getting ready. Gently wake your brain and set the tone for the day with whatever you love listening to—music, podcasts, audiobooks, lectures. The possibilities are endless.
Remember, there are a ton of other ways that you can start your morning if these things don’t jive with you. What I encourage you to do is simply commit to a few specific things, ideally health-promoting, that you can accomplish every morning. I guarantee that virtually everyone who is crushing life has a morning routine that they consider an integral component of their success.