Good Morning, Sunshine!
06:30 Alarm sounds. Hit snooze.
07:00 Slept in.
07:01 Wake and get up in haste, throw on an outfit and rush through some ablutions before running out the door at 07:05.
Sound familiar? It makes so much sense that the way we start our day can shape the experiences we have and how we approach and view situations. Below are some ideas to inspire a morning routine to set you up for the day ahead!
Start your morning by waking up with the right alarm sound for you which suits the way you want to start your day. A high pitch bleeping that comes in the ring tone selection on your phone may not be the best way to get you up in the morning. Choose a sound or song that works for you; calming, energising, motivating, awakening…
Tempted to hit the snooze button when your alarm sounds? If this is the case for you, how about putting your alarming device in a place where you have to physically get up and out of bed to turn it off? This wee tip could be revolutionary for you!
When you rise, having your clothes ready can be a great time saver, leaving you more time in your morning to set yourself up for your day ahead. Lay them over a chair the night before, or if they are not the ironing type, they could be folded at the foot of your bed.
Speaking of your bed… make it! Making your bed in the morning creates a tidy space which brings clarity to the start of your day. You will appreciate coming home to a tidy bedroom at the end of your day and enjoy getting into it at bed time!
How about a spot of exercise? If you are not a morning exerciser, energise your morning with just a wee 5 minute blast! This could include a selection of stretching, dumbbells, star-jumps, push ups or sit ups to a favourite tune to get your blood pumping and your body moving.
Sit down to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Reduce distraction and concentrate on properly chewing your food. What did your breakfast taste like this morning?
Create some space and calm within yourself by doing a short meditation or mindfulness exercise. Sit quietly and… breathe.
Choose and commit to a couple of ideas to trial in your morning routine. Work out how much time you need to allocate to each one, what time you need to be out the door in the morning and then set you alarm accordingly. Establish a morning routine that serves you; that doesn’t cram too much in so that it becomes a stressful time. That’s not the aim of this game.
We wish you all the very best in creating an effective morning routine to set you up for the day ahead. We will post in a couple of weeks to check in with you and see how your mornings are tracking.
Have a wonderful day!