6 Building Blocks for a Morning Routine
Flex your ability to do life on your own terms by establishing a simple morning routine. Simple routines help us automate a lot of the decisions that can be exhausting day after day. Morning routines are especially effective because you start the day off on the right foot, which sets the tone for the rest of your day.
The best part about creating a simple morning routine is that it’s yours. You can change your mind, your plans, your hair, or whatever as much as you want. No one is keeping score. Here are some basic building blocks to a simple morning routine:
1. Make Your Bed
Let’s be honest, a lot of us skip this step when we rush out the door every morning. But it’s about more than the aesthetics of a tidy bedroom. Make your bed and you’ll start the day feeling more centered. Think of those extra few minutes each morning as time spent setting your own terms by putting in the effort to create a space that you look forward to returning to at the end of your day.
2. Brush Your Teeth with intention
Rather than rushing through this essential morning step just because you have to, take your time with it. Not only will you do you a more thorough job brushing every morning (and make your dentist proud), but it’s a chance to incorporate mindfulness into your daily activities. (Link to updated mindfulness article)
3. Start a coffee ritual
“But first, coffee” indeed. It’s a morning staple that most of us won’t function without. Instead of fast forwarding through this ritual, make it work for you. Find a coffee shop where the barista knows your name and beverage to help you start the day off right, or skip the $5-a-pop latte to make coffee at home to be good to your bank account. And if you do want to try coffee at home, Mistobox Coffee makes it easier.
4. Create a Go-To Breakfast
As the first meal of the day, breakfast is the first chance to make a healthy choice about what we’re putting into our bodies that will supply the energy needed to sustain us for the rest of the day. Have a go-to breakfast option that you can default to when you’re rushed or too tired to think it through. It’ll save you from making hasty or unhealthy decision. Overnight oats are a great go-to breakfast option!
5. Practice Mindfulness
Checking in with yourself is a big part of doing life on your terms and having a good morning routine. Whether that’s meditation, setting your intention while you make your bed, or a morning walk, carve out space to ground yourself before you go about your day.
6. Get in a Workout
Workout in the mornings to benefit from fewer scheduling conflicts, boosted productivity, and better sleep at night. Make morning workouts easier to manage with some sweaty hair care.