How vital are morning routines?
Personally once I began setting a clear morning routine, it changed everything.
I have to start by admitting that mornings have always been difficult for me. I’m not ‘naturally’ a morning person, and I have had to fight myself to build this new routine. Additionally, it has taken me over a year and a half of attempting to have a consistent morning routine to finally (somewhat) succeed.
I did not take me 21 days to form a habit. It took me far more. The trick is to see each morning as a brand new start. I don’t hang my accomplishments from the week before, or get down that I missed my morning routine the day before.
So why do I do it? I found myself 10x happier and more productive when I got up early. I was more at peace, I felt less anxiety, and I surprisingly found time for my workouts.
Here’s my morning routine – you’ll see that it’s highly dependent on my night routine.
1) The alarm clock rings at 6:00 am
This alarm clock is located in my washroom, so that I have no choice but to get out of bed. The second alarm clock rings at 6:05 am. The second one is my phone alarm near my bed, my body at times has learned to ignore the washroom alarm
I told you this was a fight every morning for months… haha.
2) Drink Morning Cocktail – water, with lemon and sea salt.
The science behind this is clear, overnight we become dehydrated and are likely missing some necessary salts.
3) Do 15 push-ups
This one is funny, because I literally roll out of bed, with my washroom alarm still ringing and muster all the strength I have, just to do 10-15 push-ups.
4) Jump into the shower
Having to walk into the washroom to turn off my alarm leaves me very little room to fall back asleep, I just have to take two more steps to walk into the shower. I end with a cold shower. At the end of the shower, I slowly decrease the temperature of the water. Slowly and eventually leading to a cold shower. This cold shower lasts (maybe) 60 seconds – kudos to those who can do more.
5) Washroom activities
Activities include everything from brushing teeth to shaving, flossing, and putting lotion to keep my skin from getting too dry!
6) Read my affirmations
I read my life mission, my values, and three affirmations that came directly from re-writing the narratives I have around my limiting beliefs. I also review my three biggest goals for this month. Lastly, I read one page of the Daily Stoic. This is a one-page a day book that provides me introspective insights for my day.
7) Put my clothes on
These have already been chosen the night before and laid out
8) Eat Breakfast
Plain Oatmeal, with vanilla protein powder, a scoop of peanut butter, and a handful of berries! Note that coffee comes after my meal and water cocktail. During breakfast is when I take my vitamins. Listen we all need vitamins, don’t fight me on this one. Learn about what sort of vitamins your body is deficient in.
9) HEAD TO THE GYM!
I Grab my gym bag, and work bag that are all prepared the night before and head out!
I’m up at 6:00 am and out of the house by 6:45 am.
In the last year and a half, I have failed 40% of the time in getting up early in the morning. But that means 60% of my days have been 10x better than they would have been before.
Celebrate the small wins.
Celebrate the attempts.