In this blog post I will share with you the most important ingredients to create a morning routine that works best for you. If you prefer, you can now also have access to this blog post in a Podcast format:
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 struggled a lot to find a morning routine that could fit both my personality and lifestyle. I’ve spent years reading about morning routines and everything related:
- how to wake up earlier?
- how to fully enjoy a brand new day?
- how to set up myself for a more joyful life?
Nonetheless, the suggestions I would find in several articles or books seemed so aggressive to my soul. I have never been an early riser and the idea of waking up for a jog before work isn’t motivating enough to make me stand up as soon as my alarm goes on. It actually makes me postpone it several times. I simply can’t stick to that healthy and beautiful routine prescribed by so many worldwide successful people and which usually includes items such as:
- waking up at 5 a.m.
- getting my sports clothes on,
- jogging before breakfast,
- intention setting and head off to work
I could see how a list like this was inspiring. Waking up early, with determination to rock your day, staying active and strong, seemed really convincing and all that we could wish for ourselves. However, in real life, we need more than inspiration to do what we want to do. We need to know ourselves well enough as well as to be practical and flexible.
Yes, we want to have a better lifestyle, but we need to adapt our goals to what really makes us tick. Understanding this made me recently listen to my body, mind and spirit, and truly ask myself what my ideal morning would look and feel like. Happily, I have now found the perfect ingredients for my morning routine – and they are only perfect in the sense that they fit my personality and needs.
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Here is a list with some of the ingredients that make up my morning routine:
- natural awakening of the 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 does not mean that I will keep having this morning routine forever. Remember how much important flexibility is to lifestyle management. These items are only a mirror of what I need and what I think I can successfully accomplish in my morning, in this moment, without postponing my alarm countless times and failing to achieve what I set up for myself in the previous night. Therefore, when designing your own morning routine make sure that you:
- are 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 commitments or travelling, and 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.
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