How to Rock A
Morning Routine

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Do you know how to rock a morning routine and enjoy it?

Have you ever tried implementing a morning into your life?

If yes, did you stay consistent?

Now, if you answered ‘no’ to any of the questions, this post may help you find a way to actually look forward to your morning activities.

That’s right let’s look into ways of adding things you want to do rather than waking up and doing what you feel you need to do.

Disclaimer: Although I am a mental health professional, all information and reflections are meant for educational purposes only. If you plan to make changes in your life, it may be worth consulting with loved ones and/or your wellness team. Also, this post may contain affiliate links for products and when making a purchase through those links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Intro

One of the best consistent wellness activities I’ve done so far was to implement a morning routine.

Being a shift worker, I didn’t think routine was an option for me. What I realized in 2020, though, is I can always do the same pattern of wellness activities every time I wake up. Regardless if it a post-night shift nap or sleeping in on vacation, I do the same things whenever my eyes open for the day.

What kept me consistent? The activities improve my mood and make me feel ready to take on the day.

Before we get into the things you can add to your morning list of happenings. Let’s take a peek at ways you can make it a little better.

Make it Enjoyable

The best advice I’ve ever heard was on a podcast called The Rachel Hollis Podcast on Episode 125 “How to Supercharge Your Morning Routine.”  She recommended that you make a morning routine that you ENJOY!

That information was a game changer for me. Why had I always thought I needed a set grouping of body, mind and spirit activities?

Maybe you want to keep those elements as part of your routine, but it is possible to do whatever combination of things you want!

Also, find a way to do the activities on your own. Save this time for self-focus and a chance to recharge. Sometimes we are too tired at the end of the day to do something fun for us, get it done while you have the energy for yourself.

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Trial & Error

Be flexible by adding or subtracting things from your morning routine.

There is a chance you may realize you hate reading while drinking coffee and prefer to listen to podcasts. Maybe you switched to tea and changed up your breakfast options.

If you feel like routine is more of a pain than pleasure, maybe just promise yourself you’ll do something fun whenever you wake up! (Which still is a routine to a certain degree…)

Experimentation is the way to fine tune your routine and make it something you look forward to.

If you are dreading it, maybe it is time to change stuff up! Start from scratch if you must!

Timing

Do not miss it.

Once you miss it a few times, the benefits fall by the wayside. Also, it messes with the feeling of obligation to our mental wellness, because, hey, you survived the last couple of days!

Make the plan to wake up and dedicate a certain amount of time to your wellbeing.

Time is a factor in many things we do, and our morning routine is no different. Do not go overboard in planning activities that end up equalling hours of time.  If you only have 15 minutes, then great! If you plan on adding an entire workout, the time limit may be a little longer.

Choose a time to start. Choose how long it will last. Do not miss it!

*Extra Suggestion* Tell your household members that you are doing this so they know to give you space when you wake up.

No Phone Zone

The final morning routine life hack involves avoiding your phone. Because phones can be extremely distracting and also enticing for scrolling, avoid looking at it until your morning routine is done.

If part of your routine includes doing things on your phone such as games or calling a loved one, set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” or downtime to avoid distracting pop ups or dings.

Give yourself some waking hours without worrying about notifications or likes.

Now check below to read a few lists of activities for how to rock a morning routine and enjoy it!

Morning Activity Options

Nutrition (Body)
  • Food
  • Vitamins
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Medications
Movement (Body)
  • Yoga
  • Stretching
  • Walk
  • Gym
  • Exercise Video
Hygiene
  • Hot or Cold Shower
  • Brush Teeth
  • Floss
  • Facial
Mindfulness (Spiritual & Emotional)
  • Meditation
  • Breathing Exercise
  • Prayer
  • Grounding Techniques
Reflection (Spiritual & Emotional)
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Write 3 Gratitudes
  • Journal Prompts
  • Follow Journal Template
  • Reflection Questions
  • Brain Dump
Review Day (Organizing)
Hobby (Entertainment)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Gaming
Self-Care

Take a look at the list of things you feel are great self-care for you.

Need help?

Take a look at a list of Self-Love Languages and pick which activity options suit you best!

Also, you could take the VIA Strengths Test and find ways to use your strengths more in your life as self care.

Insight

I hope this post was somewhat enlightening, if not SUPER enlightening. If a piece of this resonates with you, why not give it a try?

It is never a bad idea to add some routine into your life, and now you know some ways to rock a morning one and enjoy it!

Exercise

-Write down a list of things you think would be healthy, enjoyable and mood boosting.

-Time your morning routine and change it up based on your time limits.

-Consider including at least 2 activities, but of course you can just do one or greater than 2.

-Let your household know.

-Place a visual reminder for yourself if you think you’ll be forgetful.

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