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Are mornings hectic for you? Stressful and busy? Here are 4 simple ideas to develop a morning routine that will help you start your day with a positive mindset.
For at least 2 years, I would wake up when our kids woke me up and spend the first 10 minutes of my morning feeling like I was in a daze - tired from being up at night, and stressed out because the kids demanded immediate attention while I was still trying to wake up myself. Those feeling set the tone for the day and trickled into other activities, and I ended up spending much more time than I'd like feeling tense and stressed out over petty things.
I knew something had to change, but I wasn't sure how, until I found the book "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod. I had heard of the term "Miracle Morning" but didn't really know what it meant, so I devoured the book in a few days.
It completely changed my outlook on how I start my day. I knew, after reading that book, that the key for me was to consistently plan on getting up earlier than my kids and start my day with activities that put my mind in a good place.
I was a little worried that this would mean I had to get up before it was light outside - my kids are early risers, and I wasn't sure how I would handle having to get up even earlier than I already was - but I started by setting my alarm clock for 20 minutes earlier than normal and see what happened.
It took a few days to get my routine set, but after a week of doing this, I started to feel so much better. I was awake when the kids woke up, and I felt more settled and happy because I started my day on a good note.
I created my own routine in the morning that includes:
1. Get that Coffee Brewing! - this is the absolute first thing I do in the morning, even though it isn't part of the book. ;) I drink it while I'm eating a small breakfast.
2. Reading - My goal is 15 - 20 minutes of reading. Some days this means a novel, and other days it's a personal growth book like Miracle Morning. I try to vary the types of books I read, so they don't start to blend together in my mind. ;) If you are looking for some of my favorite fiction and nonfiction books, you can check those out here and here.
3. Positive Affirmations - At first I thought this was a little hokey and felt awkward doing it, but once I gave it a try, it really did make a difference. The method that works best for me is to write down 2-3 sentences, such as "Today is going to be a great day," or "I am strong and capable" and read them to myself a few times, and then envision myself accomplishing something I'm working on, or having a fun day with the kids.
4. Exercise - I have a specific strength training program that I am following, but this can be super simple, such as turning on some music and doing jumping jacks, push ups and crunches in your living room. The point is just to get your body moving, and those good endorphins flowing. You will feel better and more awake when you are done! By this time, my kids are usually awake and either playing while I do my exercises, watching a show, or creating chaos in the background. ;)
These are 4 of the things that have helped me, but there might be other things that you love to do in the morning. Yoga, walking or running, drinking tea, knitting or a small craft, and meditation are also great ideas to include in your morning routine.
Do you have a morning routine, or would you like to start one? Comment below - I would love to hear from you!
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