It’s 6:00 am and it’s time to wake up. I’m feeling a little tired, but at the same time, I’m excited. Excited to start the day.
But I’ve not always felt this way. I’ve had to make changes. But why, you might ask and what have you done?
I have created a morning routine that I perform every morning as soon as I wake up. Inspired in the main by Hal Elrod, I have found that performing a structured routine at the start to the day sets me up well to be more productive, feel less stressed and enables me to sleep better at night.
I want to share with you what I do. The routine changes often, however, I always apply some structure. They key is to spend 60 minutes away from the television, radio, e-mails and social media and instead, focus on ‘you’ and making you feel right to go out and enjoy the day ahead.
1) Make a cup of tea
The first thing I do when I wake up is to go straight to the kitchen and hydrate from the night before. This will often involve drinking a glass of water. I have also recently started drinking pu-erh tea after hearing about others drinking it and makes me feel cleansed, a feeling that is hard to describe but never the less I do feel good!
I then take my cup of tea and walk into the lounge to do some meditation. I do this for approximately 15 minutes. I find that it resets my thoughts and provides a sense of calmness that I may not experience at any other point of the day.
I then move on to some form of physical activity, either in the form of breathing or exercise. At the moment, I am using the Wim Hof method exercises, which involve a series of deep breaths, retaining oxygen, deep body stretches and cold showers. Sounds crazy, right! However, it really wakes me up and gives me confidence and strength.
If I’m not doing this during the morning, I might go for a run instead or do some kettlebell swings and push-ups at home for about 20 minutes
4) Journaling and planning my day
The next thing I will do is to write down any lingering thoughts I am currently feeling, onto paper. I will usually spend a few minutes doing this, which then allows me to list my 3 most important things to do for the day.
I would then spend a few minutes thinking about 3 things I am grateful for.
At this point, I would typically spend about 10-15 minutes reading a book. I typically read non-fiction so it may be something on health, fitness, maybe even a book about how to feel mentally stronger! For me, I like doing this as it engages my mind and often helps with developing the creative-thinking process that I will need for tasks I need to do later in the day.
6) Make my bed
Now is the time to leave the lounge and head straight back to my bedroom to make the bed. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, a well-made bed makes the bedroom look clean, comfortable and enticing to return to later in the evening. And secondly, there is a sense of feeling like I have accomplished something for the day. So whatever happens during the rest of the day, it can only get better!
60 minutes has passed. At this point my morning ritual is complete and I have a shower, breakfast, get dressed and head out of the house.
I’m usually feeling motivated and ready, calm and relaxed.
I would like to set a mini-challenge for you. The challenge is to include 1 or 2 of the above habits into your morning activities before you get ready to start the day. You don’t have to plan a 60-minute routine initially. Making a few small steps you will start to see a difference. Do you feel you can do this?
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Thanks for reading! I would love to hear what you think about this and how it may help you overcome challenges that you face. What are you doing in the mornings that you feel is helping you feel better throughout the day?