“How you wake up each day and your morning routine dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.”
— Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning.
The fact is, when we aren’t feeling our “best selves,” our lives tend to run far less smoothly: tasks take longer and require more effort, our relationships with others aren’t as strong, the world seems to work against us. . . These are the unruly side effects of a phenomenon called the undernourished spirit, and they arise from our corrupt belief that we must put everyone and everything before ourselves.
A great majority of our society lives by the false premise that to spend time and energy on ourselves is selfish. However, how can you unconditionally give to others when your own personal ‘cup of self love’ is anything less than overflowing? To be unconditional in your actions, your ‘cup of self love’ must be overflowing into the cups of others.
Have you ever noticed how much lighter and brighter you feel when your spirit is well cared for? Have you noticed how incredibly productive all of your actions become? How uplifting you are to not only yourself, but to others? Have you noticed how, when your spirit is feeling full, everything in the Universe seems to irrevocably conspire in your favor? These are the miraculous side effects of a well-nourished spirit — a ‘cup of self love’ that is overflowing.
The perfect time to nourish yourself with that utterly important time and energy, is first thing in the morning. The best way to get into the habit of doing this, is to begin a healthy morning routine. In this article, we will share with you some of the best morning routine ideas to help you get started.
Remember, in your world, you are number one— it’s time to act accordingly.
Create the time for your daily morning routine
For many people, what seems to be the most difficult part of beginning a daily morning routine is their perceived lack of time.
Many of us spend this valuable time in the morning groaning and swearing at the alarm clock, habitually hitting the snooze button every 5 minutes. With the coziness of beds these days and the cornucopia of distractions keeping us from proper sleep, it’s understandable. However, that split-second motion of hopping up and conquering the ‘bed monster’ can make a world of difference.
Since we still need our precious 8 hours of sleep, it is recommended to go to bed a wee bit earlier in order to wake up a wee bit earlier. Consciously deciding to give yourself the extra time in the morning for self-care is incredibly important.
To get you started, here are 7 of the best morning routine ideas
1.) Drink Water! Really.
We sleep for what, 8 hours? That’s a long time to go without drinking any liquids. By the time we wake up, generally, our bodies are dehydrated. Starting your morning by gifting your body the precious gift of life is crucial. Perhaps keep a bottle of water by your bed and chug it as soon you wake up. Heck, maybe even add some lemon or apple cider vinegar (only a little bit though) to that morning water.
Some (yes, just some) of the health benefits of doing this are as follows:
- Re-hydrates your mind and body
- Jump starts your metabolism
- Flushes out toxins
- Kicks unnecessary food cravings in the butt
Yes, exercise (you knew it would be on here). Although it may take some extra will-power to habitually make this part of your daily morning routine, it will most definitely prove itself worthy of the effort. Whether you get moving by doing yoga, jumping rope, dancing in your bed room, taking the dog for a run, or dusting off an old Richard Simmons workout VHS, it is only important that you get moving.
Here are a few (again, just a few) of the amazing benefits of exercising in the morning:
Did you know that when our bodies have been intermittently fasting (which, every night while we sleep, they do), we burn immensely more fat and build more muscle in the process? What a neat life hack! So, working out while your body is in the fasting mode, is like a double workout. You’re welcome.
As well (and this added bonus is mainly for those wanting to lose weight), there is an added bonus, by the name of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which basically means that after your workout is over, your body continually burns more calories than normal. So yes, this means that if you work out in the morning, you are burning an above-average amount of calories by simply sitting at your work desk or driving in your car.
Massive energy boost—
By developing this daily morning routine of exercise, you can easily say “bye, Felicia” to your cup of Joe. Not only does exercise wake up your body, but it greatly sharpens your mind. This way, instead of being drugged up and jittery, you are riding a natural wave of pure, long-lasting, unadulterated energy.
Consistency and discipline—
To be honest, there’s not much happening at 6:30 in the morning.
For that, it is a fantastic time to work out— before the world, and all of it’s spontaneous distractions, awaken. If you wait until after your work day to exercise, your chances of things getting in the way, such as mental/physical drainage, having to run errands, and your cousin’s birthday party you may have forgotten about (oops), increase dramatically.
Also, what a better way to practice self-discipline?
3.) Couple your breakfast with a green smoothie
Everyone knows how sacred breakfast is. For that, we won’t tell you how to eat your breakfast. However, we will recommend that you add a little something special to it: a green smoothie.
In fact, it doesn’t even have to be green, but you will be amazed at just how many nutrients you can throw into a smoothie. You can load your morning smoothie up with any food you can fathom (and stomach): kale/spinach, fruits of any kind, bee pollen, chia seeds, omega powders, spirulina, the list goes on!
Instead of chewing your salad, you can drink it! This spike in nutrient consumption will dramatically improve your overall health, mood, energy levels, and it will can you look beautiful and glowing.
Here are some of the best green smoothie recipes to get you started!
4.) Meditation and Mindfulness
There really is nothing more enriching you can feed both your body and soul than meditation— especially a post-workout and green smoothie meditation, when you are focused, energized, and ready to rock the rest of the day.
Meditation is extremely essential when it comes to self-care, and through it you can learn to easily step into your highest self. Also within meditation, you can connect with that part of the Universe that craves to conspire in your favor (and it will).
Oh and hey, there’s more…
Here are just some (just some) benefits to adding meditation into your daily morning routine:
- The world is still and quiet
- Start the day with a clean slate
- You can use Law of Attraction to visualize how your day will go
- Create a positive momentum and focus that will last all day
- Your mind is at rest and can better access the divine
- You won’t need coffee
- It can improve your sex life (really)
- You will crave more wholesome food
- Improves concentration and patience through the day
As well, here is a highly recommended guided meditation to incorporate into your daily morning routine:
Alongside meditation exists a fantastic mental space for writing down the inner-workings of your beautiful mind; this way, you can let the pages take care of your thoughts while you clear space for new ones. A huge number of successful people use journaling to aid them in pumping out brilliant ideas.
Also, this is a great time to draw out a map of how your day will go by setting your daily affirmation/intention. By maintaining mindfulness throughout your day (which, with meditative mornings, you inevitably will) you can learn to weave your affirmations in and out of your daily experiences and bring them to life. Heck, forget what you were told as a kid about ink being for your skin, try even writing these on your arm.
Here are a few uplifting, life-altering affirmations to carry with you today:
- I chose to love with an ever-expanding heart
- Today, I let go of the past and consciously create the future
- I am ever grateful for another day to make a positive contribution to this beautiful world
- I live a charmed life
- I am strong and powerful in my mind, body, and spirit
- I am excited about today, how I will grow, and what it will bring
So, now that you have some morning routine ideas to help you get started, what will you do to give back with all of the extra life-force energy you acquire?
If you want to become more compassionate and productive, Emily Fletcher's Masterclass on Meditation for Super Performance is absolutely FREE and plays on Mindvalley Academy.