Discovering a strong morning routine is important for both your mental and spiritual health. Starting your day off on the right foot will certainly affect your attitude and outlook during the rest of your day. In today’s post you will find some tips that I believe will help you plan out your very own feel good morning routine.
Who loves to wake up before the crack of dawn? Anyone?
Well, this lady here sure doesn’t! I have never been much of a morning person, my ideal morning would start with me waking up to my internal alarm clock around 7:30-8AM and making my way to the shower and then to the kitchen around 8:30-9AM.
However, I don’t get the luxury of sleeping in like that very often anymore. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I saw 8AM in my comfy, cozy bed. Not with a 5 month old baby girl and 21 month old toddler boy who both rise before the sun. Boy has been waking up at 6AM like clockwork almost every single day for the past year! If I want to wake up before my babies, that usually requires a 4-5AM alarm and I’m just not up for that every single day. More often than I would like to admit, I end up missing some of my morning routine. When I can, I will still include most of these points throughout my day. They just usually fall wherever I can fit them in these days.
The first thing I would recommend including is to take a moment to think of a handful of things you are grateful for. I usually do this just laying in my bed as I prepare my body to rise out of bed. Some mornings it may be the same handful of things, but I try to throw in a couple new ones every now and then. For example, tomorrow morning I will probably the grateful both babies falling asleep before 8:45 tonight so that I could finish this blog post and still go to sleep at a decent hour. I also include being grateful that my babies had a peaceful sleep and woke up (even if it is still pitch black outside), grateful that I woke up, grateful for my husband, grateful for another day together, grateful that I took the time to clean the kitchen last night, grateful that my body is capable of cleaning my home and keeping it presentable, grateful for the food I’m about to get prepare for my family to eat, etc. Whatever you are grateful for, just intentionally allow your list to run through your mind and throw up a little “thank you” nod to the man upstairs before your feet even touch the floor.
The second thing I would recommend is to make sure you get a good stretch in every single morning. You have just slept for 6 hours or more (you lucky duck). During this length of time, your body was basically in hibernation. You barely moved, you didn’t eat or drink, and you probably used a fraction of the brain power you normally use throughout your day. If you wake up in the morning and immediately “go, go, go” then your body is likely to go into some kind of shock. Either you are going to be Mr./Mrs. Cranky Pants throughout the day or you will be on a high in the morning and then crash a couple of hours into your day. Neither of which presents an ideal day. So just take some time to wake up your body. The same way that you wake up your mind with a list of gratitude, you need to wake your body with some light stretches. I usually roll my neck in a circle a few times, roll my shoulders, stretch over my head, stand, swan dive down to touch my feet and the roll through my back up into mountain pose. I will do this dive a few times, then stand with my legs a bit wider than shoulder width apart and allow my upper body to sort of hang there for a few seconds making sure to bend at my waist and not allow my back to be hunched. I will sway from one ankle to the other a couple of times, feeling the stretch through my back and sides. As you are bent over, lift just your head and feel the stretch through your neck and chest. Once this is done, bring your legs back together and roll up for a final time. This takes maybe 2-3 minutes and sometimes Boy thinks it is hilarious and will try to “copy Mama”. It’s the cutest thing ever! I promise if you add this or some sort of quick stretch to your mornings, you will see and feel a difference during your day.
The third thing to incorporate in your routine for a great start to the day is to wash your face. Literally go to the bathroom, grab your face wash and a good wash cloth and go to town. I admit, I haven’t always done this. Maybe over the past year I have really gotten into washing my face as one of the first things I do each morning. It help me to feel so much more awake and fresh. Ready to take on another day. Plus a good scrub in the morning just makes my face extremely soft and glowy throughout the day. I will especially make it a point to do this on days where I don’t intend on wearing much or any makeup. Like I said earlier, a full shower first thing in the morning is my jam, but that’s just not possible most mornings so this is a quick way to give your body that fresh oomph we all need to get our day going!
Fourth on my list would be – sit down to your Bible and delicious cup of coffee, hot tea, or your beverage of choice of course. Start your day with reading a Bible passage and I promise it will have a significant impact on the rest of your day. Not only do you grow a little bit closer to God during this time, but you will more than likely think about what you’ve read at some point during your day. Now, I don’t often get the time to myself to really focus on reading my Bible in the mornings, but I do make sure I take the time to read a bit either from my Bible or from my toddler’s “My First Bible” book at some point during our day. Baby Boy loves being read to so he will usually just sit right beside me as I read aloud. This is just my season of life at the moment and honestly, I love it.
Last but not least. The fifth thing is to make sure you eat a filling, delicious, nutritious breakfast. I love cooking breakfast for me, my husband, and our toddler. Cooking is 100% my love language. If I cook you something, I love you! Often, in my home, a big breakfast will usually hit the table around 8:30-9AM. Trust me, if I’m cooking, be prepared because I love to have a variety of things to offer. On a “quick morning” I will scramble some eggs with bell pepper, onion, and maybe throw in some diced sweet potato. On a more easy- going morning, I LOVE to cook up some oatmeal based pancakes with blueberries or bananas, scramble up some eggs, have a full plate of french toast ready (made with coconut milk is SO YUM!), and sides of bacon, sausage links, hash-browns or diced potatoes and some cheesy grits are a must. Yes, I brought some Grits with me from Georgia to the UK! I love having a big platter with a large variety of fruits on it as well. Oranges, grapes, strawberries, banana, cantaloupe, melon, these are all things I try to keep on hand. On a very good morning, or if I know we are having company, I’ll always pull together some from scratch fluffy homemade biscuits. I believe they really round out any meal. As always, everything is topped of with a big ole glass of sweet tea. I don’t care where I live, I am southern and darn proud of it!
P.S.- Can you tell I love food and cooking??
These are the top 5 things that I would tell someone who is trying to simply have a more fulfilling morning routine. I sure hope these have helped or inspired y’all in some way or another.
Until next time,