For most of my life, I've never really been much of a "morning" person. Up through my mid twenties, if I had to wake up at a time that was in the single digits, then that was still way too early for my taste.
As I've grown to the comfy old age of 31, my morning preferences have changed some what. I've gone through periods (usually a few months,) where I actually LIKE getting up with the sunrise, some times even BEFORE the sunrise. For the last year, my sweet spot has been getting up between 7:15 - 8:15am. Currently, my sweet spot seems to be going to bed at midnight and waking up between 8-9:30.
But now matter what my current "sweet spot" time frame of waking up is, there's one thing that hasn't changed; the importance of my morning routine.
(Mr. Purrie gets SUPER hyper on the bed! Like ... it suddenly becomes POUNCE ON EVERYTHING time when he's on the bed!)
The morning (regardless of what time I wake up,) is one of my absolute favorite parts of the day, and it's all because of my morning ritual. I think it's so important to try your best to start your day off with some good habits, because the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. We all know the feeling of having an exceptionally shitty morning and how it sours the tone for the rest of the day right?
Likewise, starting the day with an awesome morning routine can really help get the right energy going for the rest of the day! Plus, most of us are busy people. It's so easy to get swept up in a frantic pace with a long list of to-dos right from the get go. I think this makes carving out a little time of the day for yourself even MORE important! Having a good morning routine is all about establishing some great daily habits to commit to what will help us to become more productive, happy people!
(Poor Mr. Purrie, he puts up with so much from his cat crazy mother!)
When developing your morning routine, you want to create some structure so that it's something you can do on most mornings. Maybe you will need to wake up 30 minutes earlier to carve out some time for yourself, but it will be worth it!!!
Here's the 10 morning habits which I do basically every single morning as part of my routine:
1. Prioritize with a to-do list.
The night before, I create my to-do list for the following day. This allows me to sleep better without me thinking about all the millions of things I'd like to get done, and helps me to have a relaxing morning because I already know what NEEDS to get done. However, you could also create your daily to-do list in the morning.
2. Wake up around the same time every morning.
I USUALLY get up around the same time every morning, however, as I rambled about above, my "sweet spot" wake-up time seems to shift every few weeks or months.
3. Turn on some music!
I do this as soon as I stumble out of my bedroom. Starting the day with some music that you find beautiful or inspiring is a great way to set yourself up for success. If I need to get myself pumped I''ll turn on some upbeat tunes, and if I want to feel relaxed I'll turn on something more soothing. It all depends on what type of day you'd like to have!
4. Drink a bottle of water.
Yes, I guzzle some water even BEFORE my coffee! When you wake up in the morning you've just gone 8-ish hours without drinking anything (unless you can drink water in your sleep, which would be weird,) so it's important to hydrate first thing!
5. Make a happy drink.
Yeah that's right, I said "happy drink." For me that's coffee, but for you maybe it's a green smoothie or a cup of tea! (Please note: "happy drinks" do NOT include alcoholic beverages first thing in the morning.) ;)
6. Read or watch something inspiring.
While I'm enjoying my coffee, I take anywhere from 10-25 minutes to read some blogs and pin a few things on Pinterest. These two things make me really happy, and I love starting my day with lots of pretty and inspiring visuals! Maybe for your it would be reading a chapter in a book, meditating or journaling ... whatever gets you inspired and feeling good. Take AT LEAST 5 minutes for yourself.
7. Stretch and/or exercise.
Some times I exercise shortly after waking up in the morning, and some times I exercise later in the afternoon. But regardless I will always do just a few quick stretches to get my body prepped for the day!
8. Eat a healthy breakfast.
You've heard it before and you'll hear it again; DON'T skip breakfast!!! I always eat something in the morning that's high in protein and good fats. Lately my favorite breakfast is eggs, turkey bacon and avocado ... and some times grits. (They're tasty and I blame my boyfriend for getting me started on them!)
9. Say a couple positive affirmations.
Yeah kinda cheesy but WHATEVER. If you say it enough you'll begin to believe it right?
10. Tackle the most pressing/annoying/hard thing on the to-do list first.
The sooner I'm able to check it off the list, the sooner my mind can be at peace!
And there you have it, the habits of my morning ritual! Do you have any particular morning habits that really get you jazzed for the day? Speaking of getting jazzed, time for ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE!