How you spend your mornings will impact the rest of your day
Whether you’re new to self-help or not, morning routines have been around since the start of time. The way you start off your day sets the tone for the rest of the day.
The power of morning routines is no secret anymore. The world’s greatest minds and most successful people have been reported to practice morning rituals for many decades.
Tony Robbins, for example, starts his day by ‘priming’ his brain.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wakes up at 4 AM every day and runs.
Oprah starts her day with at least 20 minutes of meditation.
However, most people don’t have a proper morning routine in place and tend to veer all over the place. Most people check their phones right away, which causes stress and anxiety.
A good morning routine will allow you to focus on yourself. It consists of self-healing and priming the brain. Ideally putting you into a better state of mind so you can handle whatever the day throws at you.
My Morning Routine
Lately, I’ve been working on changing my morning routine. It all starts with the habits you have in place. I want to exaggerate that this did not happen overnight. I’ve been consistently working on this for about 2 years now.
Right when I wake up, I make sure not to look at my phone. This will distract you. Instead, I get up and do this:
- Make my bed — I think it’s important to accomplish something right away. It also prevents you from getting back into your bed, since you just made it.
- Drink water — While you’re sleeping, your body uses water to heal and repair cells. So you need to refill the water supply.
- Run — I run about 2km every morning. Nothing crazy here but it gets the heart pumping and gives me some fresh air. It feels refreshing and you get to interact with life.
- Cold Shower — Nothing wakes me up better than a cold shower. The instant shock to the body boosts your immune system and brings you to 100%. I published an article on the benefits of cold showers, check it out.
- Make Breakfast — At this point, I’m hungry and it’s time to eat. My staples are eggs, peanut butter on toast, bananas, choco. milk, and chicken. I mix and match to make a high protein breakfast. (Roughly 700 Cals)
How to Change Your Morning Routine
Adding or updating your morning routine is simple. I recommend using habit formation techniques to make a lasting change.
Habit formation starts with using willpower but eventually uses none. It takes about 30 days to create a new habit and it’s easier than you think. I published an article on habit formation with more details, give it a read!
You’ll observe that having a good morning routine can be life-changing. The benefits will impact all areas of your life and you’ll feel a lot better.
But what does it mean? It means that when life throws challenges at you, you’ll be in a better state of mind. It means when you approach your goals, instead of giving up or seeking instant gratification, you’ll persevere and succeed.
There are tons of benefits and no real downside. You can always get up 30mins earlier and prepare for a much better day.
The benefits of morning routines can only be appreciated through consistency. Consistency is the key when it comes to making lasting changes in your life.
“People Overestimate What They Can Do in a Day, and Underestimate What They Can Do in a Lifetime” — Frances Schultz
A morning ritual shouldn’t be complex or exhausting.
On the contrary, it should let you feel energized and well prepared for your day.
Now that 2020 is behind us and we’re in 2021, let’s start the year off right with a great morning routine.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Hopefully, this gave you some insight and inspired you to make some changes in your morning routine. Remember, you are your greatest investment!