In this post I share with you what I believe to be the most important ingredients for a successful wellbeing morning routine – one that actually works for you.
Waking up this morning, I smile.
24 brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I have spent years reading about morning routines and how they have an impact on our quality of life. Until now, I struggled a lot to find a routine sequence and a set of habits that could fit both my personality and lifestyle preferences. Some of my research questions included:
- How do I condition myself to wake up earlier?
- How can I fully enjoy a brand new day?
- How do I set up myself to live a more joyful life?
I found several articles and books with plenty of suggestions but these seemed too aggressive to my soul. I have never been an early riser, and the idea of waking up for a jog before work doesn’t really motivate me to stand up as soon as my clock alarm goes off. It actually makes me postpone the alarm several times, and thus I end up failing to follow that healthy and beautiful routine formula, usually prescribed by so many worldwide successful people:
- Wake up at 5 a.m.
- Get sports clothes on,
- Jog before breakfast,
- Eat breakfast
- Set daily goals
A list such as this failed to inspire me on a daily basis. It looks good on paper, doesn’t it? Waking up early, with determination to rock your day, staying active and strong. In real life, however, we need more than that to do what we know it’s best for us. We also need to know ourselves to find how we can make it really work for us.
Yes, we do want to have a better lifestyle. How can’t we make it work? Well, we must adapt our goals to who we are and what triggers our behaviour. This means we have to listen to our body, mind and soul, and truly ask what the ideal morning would look and feel like to ourselves. By doing this self-reflection exercise, I have now found the perfect ingredients for my morning routine, which is now a reflection of my personality and needs.
Here is a list with some of the ingredients that make up my morning routine:
- natural awakening of mind & body
- a good stretching while still in bed
- face & teeth washing
- a glass of warm water with lemon
- a 20-minute yoga class
- a great morning coffee / breakfast
This doesn’t mean I will keep this morning routine forever. Remember how much flexibility is important to lifestyle management. These items are only a mirror of what I need and what I think I can successfully accomplish in the morning, in this moment, without needing to postpone my alarm countless times and thus failing to achieve what I set up for myself in the previous night.
When designing your own morning routine make sure that you practise being flexible, and that you know how your ideal morning looks like, according to your own personality and needs. Flexibility is extremely important because sometimes it’s not possible to practise a specific routine due to work or travelling commitments. Making your morning routine relevant to our personality and needs will allow you to achieve your daily goals with a better mood and set up the tone for the rest of the day.