Nothing is worse than your day going to shits because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But imagine waking up on that wrong side of the bed everyday for a week straight…tragic to say the very least. Can you imagine the toll and strain that foolishness can have on you long term? Bruh, that’s what we’re NOT about to do, so that’s why it’s important to have a morning routine that promotes calmness and positivity.
The morning is the perfect time to get in the right headspace before you tackle your day. I’ve found that the smallest things can either make or break it for me, so I make it a point to be intentional about how I carve out those first few hours. Like most people, I don’t care for a bunch of noise, chaos or talking. Also, a good morning starts with the night before. That’s key.
-NIGHTTIME TEA OR WINE AND A GOOD BOOK: This has become somewhat of a staple in my routine just like showering is. No matter if it’s 30 mins to an hour, I look forward to that window of time for me to be able to do this. If I’ve had a crazy and super stressful day, I’ll opt for my nighttime tea. If not, red wine is the move.
-DO NOT DISTURB: I have my phone set to do not disturb between the hours of 10:30pm and like 7:00am. Even if you don’t anticipate people blowing up your phone all night, it’s still a good option and a good way to make sure that nothing distracts you.
-GET UP AND MOVE: Try to avoid laying in bed just scrolling on social media when you first wake up. Greet the new day with some action! Get up, stretch, and go make some tea/coffee. Get moving as soon as you wake up. This makes a difference for me because the longer I stay in bed, the less I really want to get up. It’s definitely a struggle at first but try to stay consistent with it for a few days to see the impact it can make.
-SET INTENTIONS: I do this most mornings…really almost every morning. I like to get my journal and write out a few affirmations. If I had been feeling defeated, I’ll write something like: “I handle all hardships and adversity that comes my way. I am strong, capable and talented. I have everything I need within me.” I mean, you HAVE to buck yourself up; even when everything is fine, show yourself a little extra love.
-EAT HEARTY+ HEALTHY: Aside from taking a daily supplement, I like to start off my morning with a healthy and filling breakfast. When I have time, I’ll make some steel cut oats and add a banana and/or some strawberries. I also like egg whites with spinach and a slice or two of ezekiel bread. Something filling and healthy is always the way to go and I’ve seen such a difference in how I choose meals throughout the day as a result. I’m less likely to go for that extra large slice of pizza if I start with something like this for breakfast as opposed to a donut or a cinnamon roll.
-PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE: My mom used to make me iron and lay my clothes out for school the night before. Of course, as I made my way into adulthood, that kinda took a backseat. I’ve found that a lot morning stress is brought on by fretting about what to wear or looking for things that I’ll need to bring with me to work the next day. Cut the confusion and make sure you have all you’ll need the night before. Pack your purse up, briefcase, or whatever. And for clothes, even if you don’t iron or steam anything, just have it out. That way, you’re not looking for anything in your closet when you know damn well you need to be on the way to work at that point.
If you struggle with having decent mornings, I hope you find a few of these helpful! A few tweaks to what you currently do can set you up to have smoother days. Be a little more intentional about how you go about starting the day!
peace and blessings,