8 Essentials of an Energizing Morning Routine
To be honest, I used to pooh-pooh the morning routine craze. I felt everyday was different, so why bother having a routine. I would walk the dog, make coffee, and grab something to eat at some point, in some order. Having an energizing routine just didn’t seem plausible or important.
With a newborn, my mornings were even more unpredictable. I didn’t know how many times I’d be up through the night, when hour day would start, or the mood he’d greet me with.
Then, things changed
Once Owen was sleeping through the night, and not a screaming banshee upon waking (a short year later!), I began getting up a little earlier than he did. I came to look forward to that so much, I inched my alarm earlier and earlier.
Here is my routine at the moment:
5:30 – Alarm goes off
5:40 – Changed and downstairs, drink water
5:40-5:55 – Morning stretch/yoga (I follow YouTube videos like this!)
6:00 – I pour coffee, and start a daily news podcast (Currently I listen to What a Day and Up First)
6-6:50 – Work (usually a post, preparing a newsletter, or maintaining my Tailwind account), make my toddler breakfast, and prep mine, before getting him out of bed
This is a work in progress, and I tinker with it slowly. On weekends, I don’t do my routine either one or both days, primarily because I am up a bit later. And, I notice a difference in my mood immediately upon waking.
Now, I’m fully planted in camp Morning Routine
Here are the essential elements of an energizing and productive morning routine:
Water is vital to our health. There is a lot of information circulating, that drinking water first thing in the morning will have specific health benefits. While many are myths, drinking water, regardless of time, is essential to our overall health.
Drinking it first thing in the morning simply ensures you’re off to a great start. It varies from person to person, but women are advised to drink around 9 cups. Although, for those moms-to-be, 10 is recommended.
I like to get my tumbler full the night before so it’s waiting for me when I get downstairs.
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Taking your body through some type of slow movement in the morning awakens your body in such an enjoyable way. I take 10-15 minutes to go through a simple yoga flow, either following a video, or my own intuition. Here are a few ways to move:
- Dynamic stretching
- Tai Chi
- Breathing exercises
- Foam rolling
Build in 10-20 minutes to focus on you. This can take many forms, but the purpose is to reflect on yourself and your needs, outside of others (work, family, friends). Some ideas:
- Get a super simple notebook, set a timer and free write your thoughts.
- Try a prompted journal for deeper, more pointed, self-exploration.
- Experiment with the Bullet Journal method and use The Notebook
It’s very easy to have your mind spiraling with to-do’s of the day and week head of you. Meditating will calm your mind, and bring you into the moment. Just 5-10 minutes can do wonders.
Check out this post for apps to try out if you are new to meditating, or enjoy guided meditation: Meditation Apps: Mindfulness at Your Fingertips
I don’t have exercise in my morning routine just yet. Between the YMCA and Fit4Mom, I tend to workout later in the morning or afternoon. Still, getting your workout in before your real day begins is the definition of energizing!
Read This: How to Fit Exercise Into Your Morning
The key to fitting exercise into your morning routine, is being as efficient as possible. You can get an amazing workout done in 20-30 minutes without a gym. This cuts out any commute, and with the options of running and bodyweight exercises, you don’t even need equipment.
My top posts on at home workouts:
- Quick at Home Workouts When You Have 5, 10, or 20 Minutes
- 5 Killer Combination Exercises for a Killer at Home Workout
- 5 Total Body Resistance Band Exercises to Get Fit at Home
- 15 Youtube Workouts for Busy Moms
Especially if you have a workout in your morning routine, you’re going to want a shower. You don’t have to spend a long time in the shower to emerge completely refreshed!
Many people – including my husband – rave about a cold shower. I’m not there just yet, however, you can start by ending your shower with a blast of cold water and going from there. Also, try using an invigorating soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Soap.
The place of breakfast in your morning routine depends on how soon your body needs food after you wake. Personally, I can be up for 2 hours before I feel the need to eat, but others feel ravenous after 30 minutes.
Either way, something healthy, filling, and quick, is key. Your breakfast should leave you ready to take on the day, not ready to lay on the couch.
Here are ideas:
I also like to prep my toddler’s breakfast so I just have to finish it when he gets up, not start from scratch.
I look forward to my morning cup of coffee like a child looks forward to Christmas morning. It’s a factor in how quickly I get my butt out of bed! Whatever your pleasure, stock up on a treat-yo-self kind of drink. If possible, prep it the night before. I preset my coffee maker so it’s running when I am going through my yoga flow.
Treat-yo-self morning drink ideas
- Fresh local coffee (here in Asheville, I get Penny Cup or Round Earth Roasters!)
- Energizing tea (Yerba Mate, Green, Peppermint, or Ginger)
- Hot water with lemon and honey
- Green juice (like Evolution’s Green Devotion)
Plan for Your Day
Generally, I have an idea of what my day holds from glancing at it the night before. But, when it comes to details, the morning is when I solidify the details of my day.
Personally, I use a mix. For example, I enter client and personal appointments in Google Calendar since they are usually planned a week or more in advance, and often on the go. Then, each morning, I look at my Google Calendar and plan out my day including what’s on Google.
Time-blocking is essential for a productive day.
If you have one of those nights you hardly sleep, or your kid wakes up sick, or school is cancelled, etc., your whole day will be planned differently then it would have the night before.
Time-blocking is a bit looser than a specific timed schedule, meaning you won’t feel the stress of being minute-to-minute.
Right now, I am sectioning off 4 blocks in my day, and writing what I’d like to do during that time. Here’s what that may look like:
Walk the dog
Storytime at 10:30
Outline and intro to post
Email Laura back
Write Fit4Baby workout
Park playdate at 3:30
Turbokick at 5:30
This helps me avoid that feeling of “Gah, what should I be doing?!” Wasting time (when it’s not on purpose) is one of the blah-est feelings, but with time-blocking you can feel confident that you’re doing exactly what needs attention without second guessing or completely forgetting something important.
Lastly, don’t try all of these at once.
Especially if you currently have no routine. Start by getting up 20 minutes earlier, and stretching. Then, add quiet reflection, and so on. Gradually, get up earlier, and fill that time with another essential item on this list.
Soon, you’ll be looking forward to the comfort and energy your morning routine provides!
I work with women on their motherhood journey, when routines seem to disappear. Having a fresh perspective and someone to be accountable to helps new moms and moms-to-be find a healthy routine that works! Email me at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com and during your free 20 minute Discovery Call we can decide if you’re a fit for health coaching!
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