5 morning rituals that will start your day off on the right foot.
I’ve been trying to be more deliberate with my schedule over the last few months since I have so much on my plate. Sometimes I’m successful, and sometimes I fall off the wagon and feel like a hot mess and that I’m getting nothing accomplished.
But the times that I get my to do list checked off and still have extra time for myself and my family are the days when I start my morning off right. Having a morning ritual puts me in the right frame of mind to take on the day and make it a success.
Here are a few morning rituals to start your day off right.
1. Wake up earlier.
“Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” “The early bird gets the worm.” There’s a reason these saying exist. Waking up early, as hard as it can be at times, gives you time to write down what you want to accomplish for the day (I’ll talk more about that in a bit) and keeps you from rushing through your morning. I have had mornings where I miss my alarm and am running around trying to get ready for work and feel stressed the rest of the day. I don’t like those days. Set your alarm for 5 minutes earlier for a few days, then 10 minutes. Work your way up to 15 minutes or half an hour before your normal wake up time. I usually wake up at 5:30 on the days I go into the office, but am starting to get up at 5:00 to do a quick morning workout and write in my journal. I already feel so much more accomplished!
2. Have quiet time.
This is my favorite thing to do on my days off. I get up at the same time I would if I were going to work, grab a cup of coffee and my Bible, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Having that quiet alone time really sets my mood for the day, and just puts me in a good place. The days I sleep in and get up just before Little A does are the days that I feel off.
3. Stretch it out!
When you wake up stiff and a bit sore, take 5 minutes to stretch out your back, neck, legs and arms. You’ll feel better in no time!
4. Write down 3 things that would make your day great.
I’ve shared this journal with you before, and it’s what K and I write in every morning and evening to record our goals and accomplishments for the day. Journaling has really helped to change my mindset and I feel like a happier person overall. Make sure what you right down is specific, measurable and attainable (remember SMART goals from school?) for that day. Don’t say “I will lose 5 pounds” because that’s unlikely to happen. Be more specific and say, “I will to replace my afternoon coffee with green tea” or “I will go on a 10 minute walk.” Those are things you can accomplish on that day and feel good about! Writing it down and then reviewing it at night makes you feel accomplished and gives you something to look forward to as you go about your day.
5. Listen to something that motivates you.
I listen to personal development audio books during my commute. Maybe for you it’s turning up Taylor Swift that puts a little pep in your step. Whatever motivates and inspires you, listen to that.
Just making a few minor adjustments in how you go about your morning can really set the tone for your day.
What morning rituals do you have that start your day off right?