Most people or everyone wants to be one of those people that wake up in the morning motivated and ready for the day, but most of us don’t think it’s possible or are too lazy to do it. People say things like “I went to bed late last night so I can’t get up early” or “I was thinking about waking up this morning but once morning came I couldn’t do it” Over the last year I’ve come to realize that a morning routine can drastically help your day and really have an impact on your life. Some of the benefits of a morning routine are stress and anxiety levels lower, feeling more energetic and strong, more time for yourself, a more self-aware mind, and these are just some of the benefits of having a morning routine. In this video, I will be explaining to you the top 10 practical tips to having the best morning routine.
The first step to the best morning routine is actually waking up at a time that is good for you. If your thinking to yourself “I should wake up at 3:30 am to get a head start on my day” you shouldn’t be because your body and mind aren’t getting enough rest for you to effectively do activities for the rest of the day. I personally recommend waking up at 5:30 am and this allows you to get enough sleep plus enough time for you to get the things you want to be done during your morning routine. Also, keep in mind that if you pick an unrealistic time that you’re not gonna get into a good habit of having a morning routine. You will most likely quit or give up and go back to your old ways of sleeping in and not getting anything done.
The second step goes with the first step and that is getting a good night sleep. If you go to sleep at 12:00 am then it’s going to be hard for you to wake up at 5,6 or even 7 am. The human body is most effective and feels better with 7-9 hours of sleep. Now, I know everybody thinks that they’re immortal and they will never get tired, but you need to be looking forward to what’s happening tomorrow and think of how much sleep you need to stay effective. My goal bedtime is going to bed at 10 or 10:30 and when I wake up I feel fresh and ready to do my morning routine.
The third step to a successful morning routine is eliminating decision making in the morning. Sometimes the best way to have a productive morning is to get a head start on the night before. Many productivity experts and successful people prepare their schedule for the next day and it makes their mornings and days that much easier. There’s some science behind this that says that making decisions in the morning slows you down and drains your power to do anything and that eliminating decisions in the morning will make you way more productive throughout the day. You can execute on this by planning your lunch or work bag the night before. Plus, if you want to work out or exercise you can sleep in your clothes that you exercise in.
The fourth step to the greatest morning routine is drinking 1-2 cups of water. So I know that almost everybody loves drinking coffee in the morning, but drinking coffee dehydrates you. On the other hand, when you drink water after you wake up this immediately rehydrates you from those 8-9 hours without water, and that is a long time. Additionally, drinking water fuels your brain. Your brain is made of 73% water so drinking water is essential for maintaining high brain activity. Finally, drinking water boosts your metabolism for the day, and this helps with keeping a healthy diet.
The fifth step practical step is to get up and move. Some people won’t be excited about getting up and exercising, but you actually don’t have to go on a 2-mile run or do 90 push ups. All you have to do is literally get out of your bed and start walking around a little bit. Personally, I get up stretch and then I walk around but whatever is good for you is what matters here. Doing either of the things that I mentioned above will get your blood flow started and get your day going the right direction. Here is a couple of other examples of what some successful people do moving in the morning. Gary Vaynerchuk, a social media agency CEO, works out with his trainer every morning. With this, Howard Schulz, Starbucks CEO, bikes every morning before heading to work. There are many activities you can do to get up and moving the morning but it all depends on what you want to do.
The sixth step is to meditate in the morning. I can’t say this enough, when you meditate in the morning it gives you a safe place and happy place to go to when you’re stressed or confused. Another benefit to meditating in the morning you will start to notice when something little happens you won’t even think about it and this will lead to you feeling less stressed or irritated during the day. This benefits you because when something major happens then your there with self-awareness ready to face the task at hand. Oprah Winfrey said this about meditation ,” I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in.” Many successful people do this because it causes peace throughout their day so meditating is crucial to add to your morning routine.
The seventh action leading you to the best morning routine is reviewing what your goals and affirmations are. Everybody has long term goals and short term goals, but sadly our days can become so busy that we never actually have time to review our goals or what we want in life. Reviewing your goals during your morning routine will allow you to create plans to accomplish those goals, and will keep you informed about what’s important to accomplish. Now, if you were to think of things you would do to accomplish those goals for today, do small goals and write them down because your brain will get overwhelmed and you won’t do any of them. This will allow you to use every minute of your day to completing those goals that you want in life.
The eighth step you should add to your morning routine is to eat a healthy breakfast. Eating something is something great to add to your routine. Don’t be that person to say “I’m a breakfast person I don’t need to eat” because you’re wrong.” There are a million studies showing the benefits how eating something in the morning can instantly increase your energy levels. More specifically, a study performed by Kamada showed that higher protein foods led to higher metabolism levels than other kinds of foods. To end this, evidence shows that kids who eat a healthy breakfast have higher school grades and test scores. Eating a breakfast is a must in anyone’s morning routine.
The ninth practical way to build a morning routine is building a music playlist. This step is very personalized and you can do it to whatever kind of music makes you positive or energetic. Something I do is listen to motivational speakers like Les Brown talk and it really motivates me for the rest of the day. You should always keep the music upbeat and nothing too long that will make you tired and make you want to go back to sleep. For example, in my opinion, I wouldn’t listen to the genre of music Opera because it would make me really tired, but on the contrary, maybe you like Opera music and it really gets you fired up and ready for the day, then you should listen to Opera music. The point of listening to music is to stimulate your emotions to make you feel and think a certain way to get things done.
The tenth and final step is to write down what you’re thankful for. This step can be done by writing in a journal about anything you show gratitude for in your life, but it should be very specific to you. Some things you can write about are why you’re thankful for your family, how good the breakfast you just ate was, and maybe even how beautiful the sunrise was. This keeps you in a positive mood in the morning and will certainly keep you happy and appreciative during the day.
Reviewing the best ways to your morning routine are waking up at a time that is good for you, getting a good night sleep, eliminating decision making, drinking water, moving around, meditating, reviewing your goals and affirmations, eating a healthy breakfast, making a music playlist, and writing down what you’re thankful for. Thanks for watching practitioners and have a great day!