Create Your Own Routine
Make your own ideal morning routine by piecing together components that work best for you and your life situation. What do you need to accomplish before getting busy with the day? How do you want to feel once you’re all warmed up after your morning routine?
Remember that routines can change as you change, so only commit to things that will help you get your day off to a great start right now.
Also, remember that every day may not begin with the same elements. Work within your schedule to create your optimal way to begin your ideal day.
Common Elements of a Morning Routine
BODY - Nutrition
- Hot Tea/Hot Lemon Water
BODY - Movement
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Gentle Stretching
- Tabata/High Intensity Interval Training
- Super Slow Strength Training
- Make Bed
BODY - Hygiene
- Use Toilet
- Wash Hands
- Wash Face
- Brush Teeth
- Brush Hair
- (Cold) Shower
- Apply Lotion
- Apply Makeup
- Apply Sunscreen
- Remember Dreams
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Express Gratitude
- Find Forgiveness
- Visualize Your Perfect Day/Year/Life
- Plan Day/Week
- Set Daily Priorities
- Exercise Brain
- Practice Creativity
WITH AND FOR OTHERS
Do you enjoy spending part of your morning with another person?
Coordinate your routines to include bonding time together (snuggling, coffee, breakfast, reading, etc.).
Do you get another person(s) ready for the day as well?
What things do you need to accomplish before they wake up?
What can you accomplish together?
When do you need to focus solely on them?
Add the tasks involving other people into your routine. Keep time for yourself and include the other person into your activities when appropriate (hygiene, breakfast, mindfulness, morning movement, preparation for the day, etc.). Many adults enjoy waking up earlier in order to take time for themselves, and then focus on children and loved ones.
Famous Morning Routines
Which of the above elements really appeal to you?
Craft your “ideal” morning routine and add the additional elements to your life one at a time, several days or weeks apart. You want your routine to become habitual, and it can take some time to turn a new activity into a habit that your body will eventually crave. It’s okay (and recommended) to not try and do it all right away.
Begin with where you are. If you already have a solid morning bathroom or exercise routine, find a place where makes sense to insert it and then build around it.
Some items work well next to each other. For instance, recalling dreams, drinking water, meditating, and making your bed are all great ideas to try before leaving the bedroom.
When adding in a new element, think about:
- where it makes best sense within your current routine
- how you’re moving about the house
- who else is around
- how you are typically feeling at that time
Think about the remainder of your day. Would a particular element work better outside of your morning routine?
Do you feel more energized in the morning or afternoon? Put activities requiring the most brain power there.
Do you need some movement in your afternoons to re-energize yourself? Try adding an afternoon walk or a more intense exercise program there.
Would journaling, gratitude, or day-planning activities work better for you in the evenings rather than in the mornings?
For ideas crafting a relaxing Evening Routine, check this out!