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5 Benefits & the Positive Impact of a Morning Routine

Everyone has the capacity to be “morning person”. If you are not a “morning person” you may recoil in horror at the idea of waking up even earlier to include morning rituals in your busy schedule. You do not have to wake up at 3/4/5 AM every day to benefit from introducing morning rituals into your life.

If you drink a cup of coffee in the morning or immediately start scrolling through social media after turning off your alarm then you already have morning rituals. The idea is to optimize your morning routine for a more stress-free and productive day. Our mornings can set the tone for the rest of our day which is why many experts recommend using the morning to spend some time on you.

What is a Morning Routine?

A morning routine is a task that you perform in the morning every day. This can range from taking a walk to making a to-do list. Your morning rituals should be tailored for what works best for you.

Benefits of a Morning Routines

The benefits of morning routines are backed by scientific studies.

1. Increased Productivity

Taking a few moments at the beginning of the day to organise your thoughts and plan your day can go a long way when it comes to productivity. Going into work tired, grumpy, and unprepared can leave you feeling unfulfilled and unaccomplished. Having a productive day is not just about

making a to-do list either. Having a morning routine that makes you feel good about yourself and start the day off in a relaxed mood will also help you be more productive, as opposed to rushing into all of the tasks you have to complete with a stressed and in a tizzy.

2. Decreased Stress

Stress is a normal human reaction to having too much to do in too little time. There are a lot of physical and mental ways that stress can affect you over time. This includes increased anxiety, developing depression, fatigue, headaches, and even body pains from tension. One of the ways that having a morning routine benefits you is that you know what to expect every morning and so your brain has less to worry about. There are also less decisions to make when you have a pre-planned morning routine. Self-care rituals like movement, journaling, or meditation can reduce your stress levels throughout the day because you can approach daily challenges from a clear mindset.

3. Improve Overall Health

If your morning routine currently include things like pressing the snooze button multiple times, scrolling on social media while chugging a boiling cup of coffee, skipping breakfast, and breaking lights as you rush to work...well that’s not great, but you are not alone. Many people get into bad habits and do not know how to break them. Having a morning routine is a

great way to implement healthy habits into your life. Having a schedule in the morning can help you make time in your day for

working out and eating a healthy breakfast. These healthy habits will make

you feel more energized and productive throughout the day and benefit your

long term health. It is tempting to hit the snooze button (we have all been

there), but once you get into a routine your body will adjust to waking up at

a specific time. Having morning rituals that you enjoy to look forward to will

motivate you to get out of bed in the mornings.

Improve Memory

Have you ever taken a long commute to work and settled into your work when you suddenly groan and realize you forgot to complete an important task at home? Having a morning routine can help to prevent you from forgetting important things. Imagine forgetting your gym gear or you laptop? Instances like that are avoidable by using morning rituals to take time to reflect on the day ahead of you and prepare. Getting into a regular morning routine means that you do the same tasks every morning which makes it harder to forget things. Creating a to-do list in a morning ritual that will have a huge benefit in helping you to remember all of the important things you have to get done that day. Being clear-headed in the morning helps to improve memory.

Gives You Time Back

Morning routines save time because you do not have to waste time thinking about what to do next. This means that you can get more sleep or get more things done in the morning. Having time for yourself in the morning means that you can spend more time getting ready for the day. You can plan out your outfits and spend more time on your appearance which may make you feel confident and look more put together. For many people, the morning hours are a sacred time. Families with children will appreciate the quiet and calm before the kids wake up. Take time for yourself in the morning to walk outside and smell the fresh air. Write in your journal, burn a candle, meditate, take a bath, and pamper yourself and you will feel better all day. There are many ways that you can practise self-care

in the morning.

Why Morning Routines Are Important?

All of the benefits above have one thing in common: they will help you be a more successful person with a more positive attitude. Both your career and personal life can benefit from morning routine.

1. For Your Career

Business owners & Entrepreneurs are usually self-motivated and are more likely to have some form of morning routine. People who work in sales or management know how far a positive attitude

can go. Being in a leadership position is a lot of responsibility and coming into work every morning in “pre-coffee mode” can be off-putting for your future career prospects.

A positive morning routine can attribute to

● Better leadership skills

● Better decision making

● Look better by spending more time on your appearance

● Inspire others to be like you

● Positive mood

● Increased productivity

● More confidence

Having a confident attitude can go a long way in the professional world. If you can’t manage to brush your hair or wash your face, then why should you be trusted to manage important clients and projects? Appearance is less important than your work ethic and performance, but they both play a role in how successful you can be in your career field.

2. For Your Connections

Having a lot of stress and a rushed schedule can lead to less fulfilling relationships in your life. Morning routines allow you to take time for yourself so that you can make time for them. Spending quality time with your significant other or spouse in the morning instead of just silently bumping shoulders in the kitchen as you get ready for work in a stressed state can help your relationship be more loving and healthy.

A positive morning routine can attribute to

● Reduced grumpiness

● Increased quality time

● Increased connection

● Less stress means fewer arguments

● Get more done as a couple or a family

The same thing goes for spending time with your children. Having an organised routine for the morning allows you to spend extra time with the kids by cooking them breakfast, going over their homework , or simply seeing them off to school with a smile. Being a grump in the morning

because of stress and lack of sleep can affect the people that you love. Some people get snappy or distant when they are under stress which can make significant others and children avoid you completely in the morning. If this sounds familiar then you need to start using morning routine and it will give you time & space.

Those who live alone relationships can benefit immensely from morning routine Maybe could check up on an older relative or parent, text a friend, or meet up with a colleague for coffee and a morning stroll with the extra time you make in the mornings.

4. For Your Mental Health

The importance of mental health has become more obvious to society in recent times. In the past, a lot of people neglected to take care of their mental health when trying to be more productive or handle a heavy workload/responsibilities. We know now that mental health plays an important role in how productive and successful we can be.

Morning rituals make time for you to do things that improve your mental health

● Journaling

● Self-care

● Meditation

● Movement

● Less stress

Being too stressed out is bad for you in all aspects. Creating a morning routine that benefits your mental health will have positive benefits that spill out into other areas of your life. People who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, and depression can improve their mental health and reduce the severity of their symptoms by using healthy morning rituals. Of course, burning a candle in the morning is not a replacement for seeing a mental health professional if you need one, but taking time to focus on your mental health can certainly help. Therapists, life-coaches, and doctors all recommend having a routine in place.

5. For Your Physical Health

We have already discussed in detail why stress is bad for your health and how morning routines can reduce stress, but what are the other ways morning routine can benefit your physical health? Having a routine will free up your time in the morning that you would usually spend scrolling on your phone or trying to decide what to do first (procrastinating).

Structured daily schedules are an effective way for being more productive overall, including for your health

● Move more

● Eat healthier

● Get more sleep

● Wake up with more energy

You do not have to wake up earlier to have a morning routine. When you have a list of things that you need to do each morning it becomes easier to take care of the necessary tasks in a shorter amount of time. This way you can catch a few minutes of extra sleep. Your body will naturally fall into a rhythm of going to sleep and waking up at a certain time which will make you feel more rested when the dreaded alarm clock goes off. The alarm clock may not be so dreaded when you have a healthy breakfast and self-care routine to look forward to. It will eventually become effortless to wake

up at the same time every day. One of the best times to move is in the morning because it gives you a rush of endorphins and promotes energy levels to start the day. A lot of people have difficulty finding the motivation to work out first thing in the morning, but with a daily routine, it will become easier. A simple walk 15-20 minute walk while you drink your coffee and watch the sunrise is a

great way to get your blood flowing first thing in the morning.

Morning routines is the practise of doing the same thing every morning until you get into a natural habit. You can use the mornings to get things done, care for yourself, and spend time with loved ones. The quiet hours of the morning are great for journaling and reflecting on the day you have ahead of you. Many areas of your life can benefit from having a routine of morning rituals. You can be more productive and successful at work, have more fulfilling relationships with your loved ones, and take better care of your mental/physical health. Each day starts with a morning, so why not start it out on a positive note? Leave bad habits in the past and introduce new, healthier habits with a morning routine. Studies have shown that morning routines promote higher energy levels and less

stress during the day. They also can free up time to spend on yourself such as pampering your skin and hair, dressing nicely, writing, meditating, or just enjoying a cup of coffee in peace (instead of spilling it on your lap in the car or warming it in the microwave for the 5th time.). Healthy habits like cooking breakfast instead of a pastry or taking a morning walk can improve your health for years to come. It may take some time to get used to a new morning routine, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a morning or three. Before you know it your morning routine will flow so naturally that you will forget that it was ever chaotic or felt stressed.


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