My Morning Routine: 3 Tips to Help Start Your Morning Right
Hello friends! Today I want to chat morning routine with you. Even those of you who *hate* getting up bright and early! We ALL have to get up each day…and whether you’re a morning person or not, starting the day on a positive note is a great strategy for cultivating more intention, motivation and happiness for the day ahead. I’m all for that!
Personally, I’ve tried a bunch of different morning routines. Some of them kind of stressed me out. You know, the kind that have you out boot-camping before the break of dawn.
On the flipside, some of my morning routines have left me feeling a bit flat. I want to know – am I the only one who sometimes falls asleep in morning meditation? 😳
Bottom line – I learned not to put too much pressure on my morning routine. If tend towards being a perfectionist like me, it may help to keep in mind that an uplifting morning routine is just a tool.
You can use your morning routine to send you into the day with positive momentum, but…that’s not to say a bad morning has to break your whole day either. Personally, I like to remember that we have the power to change the direction and tone of the day at any time.
So…if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 3 of my morning routine tips – tried and tested.
Morning Routine Tip #1 – Get Out of Bed! + Get Moving!
Haha. Sounds pretty obvious doesn’t it. But I resisted this one for a long time! Mostly because I believed that I thoroughly enjoyed my “me time” AKA lounging in my PJs all morning. And while snuggling in bed and scrolling through instagram in the morning did feel relaxed and indulgent, I couldn’t help but feel like the day hadn’t really started. It was the same feeling you get when you don’t get dressed on the weekend – somehow not as amazing as it sounds!
In hindsight, jumping onto social media first thing in the morning was also kinda cray-cray. That’s not to say I’m perfect – I’m as addicted to my phone as the next girl. See tip #3 😛 But social media can really grab your attention and turn a mindful morning routine into a, well, mindless one!
Instead, I’ve gotten into the rhythm of throwing on some comfy gym clothes and walking in the mornings. It’s one of those things you wouldn’t expect to move the needle. But what a difference! Getting outside of my apartment into the fresh air and sunshine wakes me up, feels great and boosts my creativity during the day. Sometimes, I head to the gym but others I just take it easy and stroll around my neighbourhood.
Not gonna lie, some mornings I feel tempted to skip my walk, but I know from experience it’s really just a matter of getting my butt out the door. I never regret going afterward!
Bonus tip: I find it’s not so much about exercise per se as it is about changing your state, since our mind and body are so interconnected. On mornings when I can’t get outside, I find body weight squats or even a cool rinse in the shower (summer time!) can shift my mental state for the better.
Morning Routine Tip #2 – Get Inspired
Although I enjoy the solitude of a quiet walk, I also really love listening to podcasts that inspire me in the morning. Tapping into a great episode can set the tone for the day, and help me to feel really uplifted, in control and motivated towards my goals.
The trick is knowing yourself, and what topics and people make you feel empowered and connected to what you’re doing that day, or in the current season of your life.
A few podcasts that I enjoy and recommend:
- The Lively Show, with Jess Lively (link!). I look forward to every Thursday when Jess releases a new episode! Her podcast is all about adding a little extra intention to your everyday. She discusses a broad range of topics including possessions, personal habits, relationships and career. This podcast has a really warm and cheerful tone, and Jess and her guests are really relatable. Highly recommend for a weekly dose of life inspiration.
- The Crave Cast | Women, Food & Desire – with Alex Jamieson aka the Cravings Whisperer (link!). Alex is a functional nutrition coach and chef, and recent author of Women, Food & Desire. As the title suggests, Alex has a really fun and engaging style. You might remember her as Morgan Spurlock’s (then) vegan girlfriend on Super Size Me back in the early 2000’s. On her podcast she talks about her transition away from veganism, what our cravings and desires mean, and how we can use that understanding to achieve the wellbeing and happiness we want.
- The Fat-Burning Man – with Abel James (link!). I could listen to this voice all day long! Abel is a big name in the paleo / primal community and for good reason – his podcast is both laid back, upbeat and fun. He interviews leaders in paleo and ancestral health, to chat about improving health, burning fat and eating delicious food – there’s always good stuff to learn here!
- Bulletproof Radio (link!) – with Dave Asprey. This podcast is not so laid back! I find I have to be in the mood to listen to this one, but when I am – I love it. Dave is always producing new, cutting edge content on this channel, which is all about improving performance by taking control of our biochemistry, body and mind. Definitely one to geek-out on if you want to learn more about optimising your mind, body and life.
- Radical Personal Finance (link!) – with Joshua Sheats. This one may seem a little out of left field, but I also really enjoy personal finance podcasts for a dose of morning inspiration. Joshua talks about saving, investing, money mindset and habits, and much more. Since money has the power to bring so much opportunity and freedom of choice into our lives, I find learning about the subject super interesting. One of my recent favourites was 9 Benefits of Having a Job. If you ever feel bummed about heading into work on Monday, I recommend you give this a listen – it changed my thinking entirely!
If podcasts aren’t your thing, remember inspiration can come in so many forms. I go through many phases myself! You might find looking at instagram feeds that inspire you or reading books about topics like spirituality or self development get you feeling excited and optimistic for the day.
Morning Routine Tip #3 – Use Your Phone for Good
Many people advise staying off your phone in the morning if you want to start the day right. Hey – we’ve said it too!
No doubt it’s good advice, but if you’re still prone to flipping through your phone in the morning, why not find ways to use it for good? There are heaps of great apps out there for journalling, intention setting and keeping note of the things you’re grateful for – all great things to spend a bit of time on in the am!
Personally I like to keep notes on my phone with Evernote to keep focused and bring more presence into my everyday. I realise that many people do this in little notepads – but if you’re like me and the thought of someone cracking open your daily journal kind of freaks you out, try going digital.
I have a bunch of notebooks on Evernote dedicated to topics like my daily intentions, health, fitness and financial goals. Something I really enjoy in my morning routine is taking a few minutes to think about my intentions for the day and putting them into my phone. It may be something super simple, like to have gratitude and trust the timing of my life (i.e. relax!). Checking back on my intentions during the day is something I find fun and motivating.
I hope you enjoyed these tips – now, let me know about your morning routine! Do you manage to stay off your phone?