A Morning Routine Can Make Your Life More Abundant!
You may love getting up at 5am and running through an elaborate checklist of things to do as your optimizing morning time. You may barely have ten minutes to spare in an average morning and can’t see yourself doing any elaborate morning routines. It’s well-worth having a morning routine even if you’re super busy and need to fit in just a few minutes of pure joy and dreamy visualization to get the day going. You’ll set yourself up for your best kinds of success! [embedded content] P.S.: The FREE Wealth Feng Shui videos start HERE!
What does the first hour of your day look like? How you start your day determines how you live your life.
If you want to get the most out of your day, you need to spend the first part of your morning taking care of your mind, body, and spirit.
After studying the habits of some of the most successful people in this world, like Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk, I have come to realize that they all have one thing in common — they have a morning routine.
If you want to learn the power that comes from starting your day on the right note, keep reading.
How did you feel when you woke up this morning? Did you have unlimited energy, excitement, and passion for the day ahead? A lot of people wake up feeling tired, stressed or burnt out.
A 2018 Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23 percent reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44 percent reported feeling burned out sometimes. Burnout has become an epidemic. Clearly, these people don’t feel that they have time to take care of themselves.
If you wake up, roll out of bed begrudgingly, immediately scroll through social media, and rush out the door for work, how do you think the rest of your day will unfold? It will be messy.
When you wake up reactive, your day follows suit.
I get it… you cannot escape the busyness of life. Yes, there will be days when you get stuck at work for an extra few hours, or your plan to exercise never ends up happening because you have to pick the kids up from school.
Fortunately, no matter what obstacle you face throughout your day, there is one way that you can minimize the effects of stress and overwhelm. It’s called a morning routine.
If a morning routine has such powerful effects on peoples’ lives, then why don’t more people have one? Experts suggest we neglect self-care because it can be tough to make healthy changes and manage stress in better ways.
It seems counterintuitive but some people associate self-care with being selfish. As a result, they feel guilty for thinking that they need to slow down and take a break to take care of themselves. If you can relate to this way of thinking, you’re not alone. However, I’m here to remind you that choosing to make your health and happiness a top priority is far from selfish.
“Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.” — Cecilia Tran
A morning routine has literally transformed every area of my life.
In my experience, when you consciously take the time to nourish yourself first thing in the morning, you are able to show up better for yourself and others. You will be far more likely to make healthy choices throughout your day if you start your morning with meditation, positive affirmations, a workout or a walk in nature.
It is a way of telling your mind, body, and spirit that YOU matter. More importantly, engaging in these kinds of self-care practices will elevate your mood, thereby improving your motivation and productivity.
Here are 3 tips to ensure that your morning routine sticks.
1. Start Simple
When it comes to your morning routine, don’t try to do too many things at once. Similarly, don’t do more than you think you can handle. For example, if you’ve never meditated before, don’t meditate for one hour. Try 10 minutes and then build it up over time.
It takes time to integrate new habits into your daily life, especially if they aren’t habits that you are used to. Research shows that on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.
“Every great finish was once a simple beginning. Start now.” — Robin Sharma
If you are still stuck about what to start with, try writing down three things that you must do each morning in order to feel nourished and happy. It’s important that you choose a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. What’s even more important is that you just start!
There will be no perfect time to change your life. The best thing that you can do is just dive into the process and stop overthinking it.
2. Be Consistent
The key to making a morning routine stick is consistency. This is especially true in the beginning stages of building new habits. Whatever you repeat gets rewarded. If you want to reap the long-term benefits of a morning routine, you need to make it a priority to commit to them.
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” — Anthony Robbins
Unfortunately, a lot of people struggle with consistency because they live for short-term gratification. If you want to make lasting changes in your life, you’ve got to commit long-term. The habit of consistency isn’t about obtaining fast results. Rather, it’s about making small improvements over an extended period of time. Over time, those small wins transform into huge milestones.
3. Celebrate Your Progress
If you forget to celebrate the progress that you make with your morning routine, it will be hard to stick with it. Don’t be blind to the gains that you make along the way. Breaking bad habits and replacing them with healthy ones is a huge accomplishment in and of itself!
When you acknowledge the progress that you’ve made with something, it will motivate you to keep going. More importantly, it will make you feel good. So, the question is, “How do you celebrate your progress?” Easy…. at the end of every day, record all of your small wins. It will give you the momentum that you need to wake up the next day and repeat what is working.
What does your morning routine consist of?
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