Looking to upgrade your morning routine? Keep reading to find out how to introduce healthy habits for a mindful morning routine.
Mornings can be hectic, stressful and full of worry. From the moment we open our eyes and check our phones there’s always something that needs our attention.
I’m a keen believer that the best way to have an awesome and productive day is to have a healthy morning routine. A mindful morning routine helps to ground us, increase productivity and decrease stress while, at the same time allowing us to look deeper into ourselves and to spend more quality time with ourselves.
With every month of the last few years, I’ve become more and more focused on my own healthy and mindful morning routine and it has worked wonders. I’m more productive, organised and efficient in my work and I’m a calmer, more positive and less stressed human as a result.
Here are some of my favourite simple steps you can take today towards a mindful morning routine.
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The Benefits of a Healthy Morning Routine
There are so many benefits to having a mindful morning routine some of which include:
- It sets the mood for the rest of the day
- Increases productivity
- Combats forgetfulness
- Improves confidence
- Makes you become more organised
- Helps develop and keep healthy habits
- Boosts energy levels
- Lowers stress
- Allows you to be in control of your day/life
I’ve had a daily healthy morning routine for quite some time now and I can honestly say it has changed my life and the way I work. I’m more productive every day and get distracted less and I’m much more inspired and creative in what I do.
These are just some suggestions that you can pick, choose and adapt to your mindful morning routine to make sure you start your day right and have the best one possible.
20 Steps to a Mindful Morning Routine
Hal Elrod’s life-changing book ‘Miracle Morning’ emphasises just how important it is to move your body in the morning. If you haven’t read Miracle Morning, I’d highly recommend it!
Morning movement wakes up the body, gets the heart rate pumping and leaves you energised with endorphins pumping ready for the day.
Yoga is a great way to start the morning; it’s gentle on the body and supports the process of waking up, while also activating and strengthening the muscles. Breathing deeply while moving can also relax the mind and de-stress if you’re already thinking about the eventful day ahead.
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There are many different types of mediation that can be practised in the morning, from mindfulness to deep breathing to visualisation.
While the focuses on each one are a little different, they all carry similar benefits such as adding calmness to your day, decreasing stress and even making you more empathetic, understanding and grateful.
Even just sitting with ourselves in a quiet environment can have a profound effect on our relationship with ourselves, our loved ones and on our day.
Take a Warm Shower
With so many of us working from home nowadays, it’s often tempting to roll out of bed onto your phone or work computer and start working.
Self-care, however, is key to the productivity of your day. Start it with a short warm shower to wake up the body and transform your mind and appearance. Just by taking a warm shower, it can really feel like you’ve actually BEGUN your day.
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Journaling in the morning as part of your mindful morning routine, even if just for 5 minutes can awaken your mind and your thoughts for the day.
Not only does journaling keep your thoughts organised it can also spark your creativity and act as emotional support during tough or stressful times. Journaling provides you with 5 minutes of self-reflection, a chance for you to have a conversation with yourself and your thoughts and check in with them.
You can also use journaling as a way to set your intentions and goals for the day. A little more on that later.
I use the widely popular Five Minute Journal which is one of the best things I’ve purchased in the last year. Grab yours here.
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