In my opinion, morning routines are key to mindful living. Whenever I’m working with coaching clients, one of the first things that we talk about + implement is a morning routine. I’ve seen people who think they don’t like mornings, completely change that belief by practicing a morning routine that works for them. And that’s the secret, in order for a morning routine to really be a productive + sustainable habit, you have to enjoy it.
Some people like to work out in the morning and others like to wake up more slowly, what do you like to do? Creating a more routine is a practice and it takes time, please be patient. Try different things and take note of how you feel (in the morning + throughout the day). I believe that creating a mindful morning routine will reduce stress, support a healthy lifestyle and will allow you to enjoy your mornings.
It has taken me months to find a morning routine that works for me. I do my best to practice my morning routine every day, but I still have days where I sleep in and don’t have time. If I’m honest, I honour my morning routine about 80% of the time (and it’s okay that it’s not 100%). Just like I do, give yourself grace and do the best that you can.
I’m sharing my morning routine with you for a couple of reasons: (1) I hope to inspire you to create a mindful morning routine or (2) give you ideas to modify or expand your current routine and (3) to hold myself accountable to this routine that helps me to feel my best. Read through my routine and try what speaks to you. I can almost guarantee that my morning routine won’t be perfect for you, so try what you like + add in your own nourishing habits. Note: my whole morning routine takes about an hour, if you don’t have that much time in the morning, experiment + find habits that works for your schedule, that is the only way your morning routine will be enjoyable and sustainable.
My Morning Routine
- How do I like to start my day? Slowly. I’m not one of those people who can naturally jump out of bed and rush to the gym for an early morning workout. I like to wake up to a gentle alarm or when possible, with no alarm at all. I always find that I feel most rested when my body wakes naturally.
- First thing when I’m vertical, I drink a cup of room temperature water, then brush my teeth.
- Next up, morning flow + mindful stretching. To wake my physical body up, I like to move in a really gentle way for about 10-15 minutes. Some mornings I put on my favourite song and move through some sun salutations + other mornings, I like to follow this video from Philosophie.
- After I move, I like to meditate. For years I have struggled with body image and how I feel in my own skin. I found this guided meditation by Cassandra Bodzak and I love it! I do this meditation every morning to rewire my thought patterns about my body – this meditation focuses on having gratitude for your body (which is key for anyone who has struggled or is still struggling with body issues). If meditation isn’t your thing, put on your favourite song and breathe deeply (inhale for 5 breathes, exhale for 5 breathes).
- Then I like to journal for 5-10 minutes. I use journalling as a productive way to release stress + worry. In my daily journalling practice, I take at least 5 minutes to get my thoughts out of my head + I also write out 5 things I am grateful for.
- The last part of my morning routine, is enjoying a warm morning tea. The combination of herbs I use support the liver, kidneys and regular daily detoxification. I like to use a mix of the following herbs (about a teaspoon of each, all can be found at your local health food store): nettle leaf, dandelion root, burdock root, peppermint and green tea.
One of the most important parts of my morning routine is that I don’t look at my phone for the first hour of my day. This helps me to wake up mindfully before I start stressing over an email, etc. No matter what your morning routine looks like, your cell phone shouldn’t be part of it.
Now comes the work, are you willing to create a morning routine that makes you feel amazing + excited for the day?
If you said yes, I challenge you to go to bed 5 minutes earlier each night + wake up 5 minutes earlier each day for the next 7 days. It doesn’t seem like much, but by the end of 7 days you will be going to bed 35 minutes earlier + will have 35 minutes dedicated for you in the morning. How amazing does that sound?
We all have time to do the things that are important to us. If you want to create and practice a morning routine, make it important to you. Make it a priority and you will always have time.
Do you already have a morning routine? I would love to learn what makes you feel amazing. Please comment below, xx