If you are anything like me, waking up in the morning is a struggle. On a typical day, I probably hit my snooze button 6 or 7 times before actually getting out of bed. I have been searching for a morning routine that motivates me to get out of bed, well, for a while. Thankfully, I have found a 20-minute morning routine that has changed my life and I hope it changes yours too.
The Night Before
Pack tomorrow’s lunch (3 minutes)
Eliminating the need to think about what to pack for lunch in the morning, will make the morning run lot smoother. A prepared lunch the night before allows for a quick grab on the way out the door with only a quick thought. A prepared lunch can be a check off of the morning to-do list before it even begins.
Plan tomorrow’s outfit (2 minutes)
Getting dressed in the morning is hard work. We’ve all been in the situation of trying on numerous outfits and throwing them onto the floor until finding the right outfit. Planning out tomorrow’s outfit encourages the feeling of accomplishment and being ready to take on the world, while looking amazing in a well picked outfit.
Move the alarm clock (1 minute)
For help getting out of bed in the morning, setting the alarm clock on other side of room is a quick adjustment. The results can be amazing. The chances of hitting the snooze button are less likely as the getting up to turn off the alarm forces movement outside of that comfy bed.
6:00 A.M. Wake Up
Drink water (1 minute)
There are many health benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. For starters, it helps detox and flush the body of toxins, it promotes healthy skin and weight loss, and it immediately increases hydration (click here formore). For coffee drinkers, it is especially important to start the day off with a glass of water.
Put the phone away (1 minute)
There is all day to respond to text messages, emails, and check social media. A good morning routine includes some time away from the screen. Having alone time first thing in the morning has lasting effects throughout the entire day. Those notifications can wait. Put the phone away.
Make the bed (2 minutes)
It is a known fact that a cluttered house can increase anxiety for certain people (me!). Making the bed in the morning reduces the appearance of clutter in the bedroom. The feelings of accomplishment, cleanliness, and organization are easy results of having a made bed.
Self-Affirmations (2 minutes)
The morning is a perfect time to practice self-affirmations and look in the mirror. Radiate some positivity by loving yourself right when you wake up. A morning routine should include telling yourself that you are awesome, that you will accomplish everything you want to today, and that you deserve happiness. A recent post “8 Reasons to LOVE Yourself” should give you some pointers!
Breathe (4 minutes)
Learn a few deep breathing techniques and allow for a few minutes each morning to simply breathe. The slow pause is refreshing. My favorite is breathing in rhythm: take a deep breath in through the nose for 8 seconds, hold for 6 seconds, breathe out from the mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat as many times as needed.
Yoga & stretch (4 minutes)
Stretching is very important to increase energy. Find a few yoga poses or stretches that are enjoyable to include in a daily morning routine. Yoga and stretching will result in increased energy, circulation, and flexibility. Check here for some inspiration on meditation and yoga.