How to Create a More Mindful Morning Routine
Take a moment to think about how you get up in the morning and how you set your mindful morning routine. What do you do? What things do you accomplish? How do you get ready for your day?
Your morning routine is a very important part of your day, and if you aren’t setting the right routine, it can ultimately impact how the rest of your day goes. If you start your day in a state of chaos and stress—you are going to spend the rest of your day in a state of chaos and stress.
However, if you start creating a more mindful morning routine—you will spend the rest of your day in a more mindful state. The good news is, we can help you wit ha few different tips and tricks.
Why a Mindful Morning Routine is Important
Being mindful throughout your day can be a great way to gain a sense of perspective on yourself and on the world around you. It can bring you some peace of mind and help you be more aware of your surroundings and your place in the world around those surroundings.
However, busy schedules and hectic work environments can make it nearly impossible to practice mindfulness throughout the day. While most people would love to be able to take a break mid-day to practice mindful meditation or go for a mindfulness walk—this isn’t always possible.
This is why it is so important to set a mindful morning routine—so you can practice mindfulness in the morning before the day gets started and carry that mindful attitude with you throughout the rest of the day.
Five Steps to Creating a More Mindful Morning Routine
Ready to make your mornings more mindful? Here are seven steps to help creating a more mindful morning routine that will get you up and ready to take on the day.
Everyone’s mornings will differ slightly, but using these basic steps to craft a mindful morning routine can help make sure that your day gets off on the right foot.
Step One: Start With Sleep
If you want to wake up in a good mood, ready to take on the day, then you need to start by getting enough sleep. This means 7-8 hours per night.
You can go through every morning routine possible, but if you don’t start with a good night sleep, then none of it will matter. You need to be rested enough to really be focused and mindful about your morning routine.
Make sure you are going to bed at the same time every night, that you avoid technology right before falling asleep and that you are sleeping in a cool, dark room.
Step Two: Don’t Check Your Phone First Thing
Besides turning off your phone alarm, you shouldn’t be on your phone at all during your morning routine. This will only infiltrate your head with social media posts, texts, emails and more.
When you wake up your mind will likely be pretty clear, so don’t add stress to your routine first thing. Take the time to wake up, go through your routine and really enjoy this time preparing for your day before you grab the smart phone. You will thank us later for it.
Step Three: Follow the Same Mindful Routine
Typically, it is easiest if you write out your routine so that you can make sure you are following it every day until it becomes a habit. Your routine can be as simple as showering, brushing your teeth and grabbing a cup of coffee—but do the same routine in the same way every morning.
This will help your body get int the mode to tackle the day. As you go through this routine, practice your mindful thinking. Pay attention to how the shower feels, how your toothpaste tastes and how the fresh cup of coffee smells while it is brewing. It will help you practice mindfulness and get your brain ready for the next step.
Step Four: Meditate
After you have gone through your morning grooming and have awakened your mind by practicing mindful observations—it is time for the highlight of your morning routine; meditation.
You only really need to meditate five minutes every morning—so you don’t need to worry about getting up a whole hour earlier to fit it into your routine. Even a calm, quick, five minute meditation session to start your morning can completely change your day, and your life.
You can use a guided meditation every morning, or set your alarm for five minutes and simply sit and focus on your breath and on a mantra that will get you ready for the day.
Step Five: Prioritize the Rest of Your Day
Before you head out the door, take the time to prioritize the rest of your day with a focused, detailed “to-do” list. This will help you stay mindful for the rest of the day after you have completed your mindful morning ritual.
To-do lists will help you stay focused and help you complete the tasks you need to complete one thing at a time. In order to truly be mindful throughout the day, you need to stop trying to multi-task and start trying to single-task your way through your responsibilities.
When you have a task to accomplish on your list, put all of your attention and energy on that one task until it is done. Be mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it, and you will enjoy more productivity, and success, then you ever thought possible.
Get up and get your day off to the right start by establishing a mindful morning routine for yourself. The right, mindful morning routine can be just the thing that changes the rest of your day, and your life for the better.
After all, how you spend your morning can be indicative of how you spend the rest of your day! More importantly, these tips are easy to incorporate into your morning routine and easy ways to make a significant impact on your mindfulness moving forward.