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Mornings can be a hectic and rushed time. This is especially true when you’re responsible for getting others, like kids, ready for their day and out the door on time. Starting your day out feeling frazzled, cranky, and overwhelmed isn’t beneficial for anyone. A simple solution to make things a lot less stressful is creating a morning ritual for yourself that you perform each day. Let me explain what I mean by this and how a good morning routine can set the tone for a calm day. 

What is a Morning Routine?

A morning routine is a series of actions you take every morning to help set your day’s tone. It’s a type of self-care that allows you to begin each day feeling energized, relaxed, and purposeful. Morning routines are personal and unique. They usually involve activities meant to calm or revive, such as writing in a journal, meditating, exercising, or creating a to-do list. Whatever a morning routine consists of, the purpose is to help the individual feel prepared for – and in charge of – their day. 

Benefits of a Morning Routine

There are lots of great things that can be gained from this practice. Having a morning routine allows you to positively set the tone for the entire day ahead of you. You can gain a sense of purpose and empowerment by engaging in a particular ritual each day because you are making proactive decisions on getting things started. The activities you choose can help produce that mindset. Taking time for yourself regularly, particularly at the start of the day, will also improve your outlook and coping skills. The sense of calm and control gained through your morning routine will carry over into the rest of your day, maintaining your mood as you encounter obstacles and deal with others. If you add things like a healthy breakfast and exercise to your new routine, you’ll also face the day more energized and ready to go. 

Morning Routine Suggestions

Your morning routine should be tailored to activities that you choose and from which you will most benefit. You’ll want to consider adding things that will nourish your soul and are particularly meaningful to you. I do have some suggestions to get you started, though. Do some journaling. Those in self-help circles often call this practice “morning pages.” Writing about your thoughts and feelings can be quite cathartic and healing. Exercise or go for a leisurely stroll. The extent of the workout doesn’t matter. It’s moving your body that creates energy. Taking your movement outside can add calm and perspective. Some people even start their morning routine the night before, by writing down a tentative to-do list and schedule for the following day. This might seem a bit over-the-top, but it truly can help to release the tension of uncertainty by providing you with a framework for the day ahead. 

These are merely a few ideas. Add whatever resonates with your spirit. Plan to take about a half-hour, more or less, depending on your lifestyle. The key to reaping the benefits of a morning routine is to make it a regular practice. Soon you’ll begin to see your life transform. 

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