I am a huge proponent of morning routines. They say your morning determines your day, so I try to start it on a positive note. It’s been a while since I posted my morning routine, therefore I decided to share with you the updated version of it. I can’t stress enough how beneficial healthy morning routine can be for your mental health and overall well-being. If you struggle with anxiety or/and depression, try creating routines (morning and night). To stick with it I recommend making it as simple as possible. The more consistent you are with your morning rituals, the more beneficial they will be for you.
Now what my most recent morning routine looks like.
Waking Up Early
I find it important to find some time for myself in the morning. This is my way of prioritizing myself and my mental health. I choose waking up early. It provides me with time to do my healthy rituals without distractions and helps me to avoid stress first thing in the morning.
Hydration Is Key
Hydration is extremely important first thing in the morning, and of course throughout the day. Some studies show that there is an association between drinking plenty of plain water and mental health. And y’all know how beneficial hydration is for our body in general. It is key!
I have shared before that working out in the morning boosts my energy and mood. Exercise doesn’t have to be anything strenuous. My workouts are usually no longer than 30 mins. If I don’t have much time, I take 10 mins to stretch. Any physical activity counts and is beneficial for your body and mind.
If you have time, I recommend walking and getting some sun first thing in the morning. It really helps your body to regulate its circadian rhythm better. I usually take my dog Bruiser for a mile walk.
Christ And Coffee
Many things change, but this part of my morning routine is extremely important to me, and it stays the same. Many of us tend to neglect our spiritual lives, but even research shows that religious beliefs and practices can support us in coping with stress and benefit our mental health. For me it’s reading scripture and taking a pause in the morning to disconnect and be mindful that helps me find my grounding and courage needed to conquer the day.
Reviewing My Schedule
I like to stay organized. If you have a busy life, you probably do too. Reviewing my schedule helps me to stay on top of my daily tasks. It mentally prepares me for upcoming challenges that helps to experience less stress throughout the day. Of course, you can’t be always ready for what’s to come, but prioritizing tasks, doing what’s most important first helps creating a solid foundation for my day.
Breakfast And Getting Ready
This probably should come without explanation, but this step concludes my morning routine, so I decided to include it in this post. I keep my breakfast nice and light, but you do whatever works for you.
So, there you have it, my updated morning routine. Now when I have my own business, I definitely pay more attention to staying on top of my game when it comes down to stress management. However, if I don’t have time to do one of these steps, I keep it simple and try to adapt my routine to my schedule and needs that day.
Remember, your routine should serve you, you should not serve your routine. Do whatever floats your boat!