A good or bad morning can often dictate the rhythm of your day. From the way in which you respond to others or unexpected situations, starting the day in a frazzled or hurried way can make all the difference. I’ve noticed, however, that having a routine can often remedy this. If you already have a routine, great. But this is also a great opportunity to reexamine it for efficiency.
Personally, I have been simplifying my morning routine so that it truly works for my life. If you’ve been in the lifestyle and wellness space for a while, then you’ve heard all of the tips- from meditation and reading to going straight to the gym. I tried incorporating every recommendation that I thought could really benefit me, and this led me to feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. Simplifying, however, has been the best way to ensure I get things done.
Here is what I have been doing to really optimize my days.
No Social Media
This is integral to keeping a clear mind as I go about my morning. Instead of doing the Insta scroll and seeing what everyone else wants me to see and think about, and instead of watching the news, all I do is focus on the task at hand.
In a previous post I detailed how I leave my phone behind when I shower. I have continued to do this, and it has been such a great way to be alone with my thoughts and give my mind the opportunity to roam free and even be a little bored.
I do listen to the news as I get dressed, but it might be time to step up my game and leave that to the commute.
Yoga and Stretching
It’s one or other. As I’ve previously discussed, I struggle with remaining consistent with yoga. I’m not sure what it is, but on mornings where I can’t seem to muster the will to do a yoga flow, I take the time to stretch instead.
Not only is it great to get your body moving first thing in the morning, but doing so without anything on in the background is amazing for that mind-body connection. This is referencing how in tune you are with your body- how it’s feeling, what it needs, how far to take a stretch, and if your body is utilizing the proper technique and posture. Giving my mind the space to solely focus on my body has helped in assessing how my body’s feeling and what it needs.
A Prepped Breakfast
I have done this sporadically over the years- more consistently as of late- and I can honestly say that my mornings with a prepped breakfast go much more smoothly. On days I hadn’t prepped a breakfast, I’d spend too much time gathering the ingredients, measuring them out, and then finding the proper container or tumbler. This would often lead to me being stressed, leaving late, or simply skipping breakfast all together.
None of those are by any means a great way to start the day. Taking the time to make my breakfast the night before has allowed me to just grab-and-go, save money, and continue tracking macros and calories.
Lately, I’ve really gotten into making overnight oats. If you prefer smoothies, however, pre-packing all ingredients for each serving and having it in the freezer will really help save time.
These steps might seem small or like no-brainers, but I promise that they will make a world of difference. Have you tried these? What makes your morning more seamless?