EASY WAYS TO CREATE A MINDFUL MORNING ROUTINE
Happy Monday! For us, how we act in the morning carries us through for the rest of the day. If we wake up last minute and are rushing in the morning, we’re likely to be rushing until our heads hit the pillow at bedtime. We know it’s not easy to get motivated on a morning though, especially a Monday morning.
After the alarm clock rudely interrupts our wonderful slumber we rarely feel motivated to bounce out of bed and straight in to our workout clothes, or even in to the shower, so it’s important to create a mindful morning routine.
The morning is perfect to clear your mind and set your intentions for the day. Free from any outside interruptions, scheduled appointments, phone calls, scattered thought patterns or stress, it’s a great time for some mindful moments and thoughtful self care.
It’s important to note, you should find what works for you and listen to what your body needs. If you know you’re not a morning person and will struggle to wake up at 5am and work through a long list of tasks, just stick to 1 or 2 10 minute activities to add some mindfulness in to your day before the day starts.
Also, if you wake up one day and don’t feel like doing your usual morning workout, honour your needs with some gentle stretching or reading. After all, there’s no right or wrong and no required time limit to feel the benefits of mindfulness.
To get you started, we’ve put together some ideas of what to include in your mindful morning routine below:
EASY WAYS TO CREATE A MINDFUL MORNING ROUTINE:
Schedule quality sleep
Prepare for your mindful morning the night before to ensure you are rested and refreshed in the morning.
Create a bedtime routine that sets you up for a good night’s sleep, like turning your phone off a couple of hours before you go to bed, running a bath, applying your favourite skincare products with care, drinking your favourite night time tea, turning your lights down and getting in to your warm bed to read a book.
Deciding what time you want to wake up and actually setting a reminder 8 hours before can really help this.
Keep a clear head
Resist the urge to reach for your phone as soon as you wake up.
Checking your notifications as soon as you wake up is only going to bring stress to your brain in the form of messages, work emails, reminders, missed calls…the list goes on.
Try to limit any form of distractions and keep your mind clear, remove any excuses to skip through your morning routine and remain intentional.
Set your intentions
An intention is simply a guiding “word” or “phrase” that you can set for your day. They give you purpose, keep you grounded and in the present moment, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your purpose.
You can choose to do this in a number of different ways: as part of a yoga routine, meditation practice, daily journal or simply while you are sipping your morning cup of coffee.
Set some time aside for yourself
Taking some time for yourself before the rush of the day begins will stimulate your serotonin levels, nourish your mind and boost positivity.
This could be anything from going for a morning walk or run, yoga routine, mediation, taking a bath, apply a face mask or doing something creative, which should be done in a mindful way.
It’s natural that your to-do list for the day might start creeping in to your mind, but try to stay present throughout the activity.
Nourish your body
How many times have your heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?
Eating a healthy, nourishing breakfast will set you up for the day and allow you to make better choices throughout the day.
Listen to what your body needs and what is achievable within your time frame but choose slow release grains, whole fruits and protein instead of sugary cereals or powered shakes.
Wake up your mind
The morning is a great time to do any tasks which require your mind to focus.
Throughout the day so many things will pop up which need our attention. You need to stay late a work, a friend invites you for a glass of wine, dinner needs cooking, your mum calls and suddenly it’s time for bed. It’s easy for our to-do lists to be put on hold.
Use this newly claimed time in the morning for personal achievements like writing in a journal, reading a book, listening to a podcast or working on your side hustle.
What is your morning routine like? If you like this, you also might like our MINDFULNESS & SELF CARE IDEAS article.