Days, weeks, even months have been slipping by this year. What happened to September? Where did it go?
We had a deal. I wanted to achieve stuff, to go on a trip and to have lost the weight I put on during the last days of summer. Which I don’t want to talk about. Nada of this has happened.
Life often gets stressful, overwhelming and things keep happening to us that make us go “Oh, it’s October already? And I still haven’t done ANYTHING I actually wanted?”
So today, I wanted to share a morning routine that has served me really well in the past in terms of keeping me happy, healthy and more productive. It’s been the best to help me reduce stress, to actually get the things done that I need and want to do, to stop being stuck and to move forward with my life.
It takes about, I’d say 1.5 hours. Which I know is a lot for most of us, including myself, but it’s the one that has worked for me best.
I’ve tried to shortcut my morning routine and even though it was kinda working, it was not as effective. And because I’ve learned to do things thoroughly and with enthusiasm, I like to keep it this way.
I started practicing this morning routine around 2.5 years ago and whenever I do keep it up, I see the biggest change in my happiness, energy, productivity levels and in my life.
So here it is.
Healthy Morning Routine To Be Healthier, Happier and More Productive
- Wake up, but spend a few minutes in bed. Thinking about what I want to achieve today and what I want in general from life, from this month, this week. I don’t overcomplicate it, I kinda let my mind wander. But I always make an effort, to think about things more positively. If I do get a stressful thought, a doubt, a worry, I simply replace it with a different one. One that won’t make me jump out of bed or reach to my phone.
- Make the bed and drink water. I don’t have to make my bed, I don’t really HAVE to drink water, but both of these serve me well. And because I’m a grown up, I know it and I simply do it. There’s something about knowing you’re doing the right thing, even when you don’t have to answer to anybody that brings so much self-trust and self-respect with it.
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes. So this was different during summer, because it was warm and I could go out and exercise outside, but now I’m doing my workouts at home. I don’t like the gym and I don’t have 1.5 hours in the morning for it. I find the workouts on Youtube or I come up with them on my own. Please note that I’m not exercising in the morning to get it over with and because I want a hot body. I do it, because of how it affects the rest of my day. It sounds so annoying, but moving my body helps me wake up, it helps me stay focused and motivated throughout the day. After the exercise I always stretch for 5 minutes.
- Next thing I put on some uplifting music. I like music from the 80s, 70s, 90’s actually any decade. Sometimes I like Bob Marley, sometimes Stevie Wonder, sometimes Lenny Kravitz, lately it’s been “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. And I sing along and objectively looking, I’m really good.
- Shower and get ready. While the music is playing, I take a shower and get ready. This is a part I feel gets ignored when people talk about morning routines. It’s self-explanatory that you’ll shower and get dressed, right? But to me this is a time to really enjoy, to have some fun and to put me in the right mindset for the day. It’s nothing to rush through.
- Start and finish one thing you’re always putting off. Something that will bring you one step forward on a goal you actually want to achieve. If you do this early in the day you’ll be very relieved and you’ll stop having the same constant thoughts that are “constipating” your mind. To me usually that’s writing, because it’s the most difficult task I need to do to bring my projects forward. Sitting there for 20-30 minutes, being focused and not all over the place, not looking at my phone or anywhere else? It’s hard for me. But because it’s so hard, and because I always put it off – it’s also the most rewarding part of my day. It takes so much stress, so much pressure off of me. I can’t even begin to explain how much better I feel for the rest of the day. So for you this might be learning a language, a new skill – whatever you’re putting off. Commit to doing something, finishing a small task every day to move forward on that project – it’s very rewarding.
- Go out for a walk / enjoy nature for 10-20 minutes. Okay, this part is actually optional. But as someone who works at home, I really need my time outside before I start to work. I did love this part in the past when I wasn’t working at home and it was my way to get to work – by walking. Or other times when I was commuting for more than an hour and I was on a train. I like to take that time to be with myself not listening to music or a podcast, but really listening to me and observing the world around me. It’s my kind of journal time, except I don’t have a journal, but my phone. And I don’t write in it, but speak and record my thoughts. I never listen to those “tapes”. But somehow remember those ideas. Give your mind these 15-20 minutes to come up with those new ideas and solutions that only you can come up with. Don’t interrupt with social media or the voice of somebody else. Give your mind a chance to speak to you.
And that’s it. This is a long morning routine, but to me it’s definitely worth investing my time and waking up 1.5 hours earlier than I need to to do all of these things. I hope some of these ideas inspire you to live a healthier, happier and more fulfilled life!
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