The importance of a morning routine

Ever stop to think about your morning routine?  Ever try changing it and feel either totally rejuvenated or completely out of sorts.  Isn’t it funny how one or the other is bound to happen?  I will share with you my morning routine and hope to hear about yours as well.  First let me share with you the back story for this little blog.

I never used to have a morning routine.  Or, maybe my routine was that I didn’t have one at all.  I would set my alarm, hit snooze about five or six times and then after running very late, charge out of bed like a mad-man, rush around then out the door!  It wasn’t very relaxing and not the least bit productive.  I was neither reliable or organized.  Oh how times have changed.  I have come to learn the value of a morning routine.  Looking back at my childhood, I remember my parents and their morning routines.  Each had their own, but each definitely had specific routines.  It is my mother’s that stands out the most to me.  She would get up before my sister and I and make her coffee.  She would sit on the end of the couch in total silence and sip her coffee and just be still.  These days, she still does the same getting up before my step-father and before her dogs awaken to enjoy her peace and quiet.

As an adult, and a wife in my own home, I see the importance of this very routine.  It is the way you start your day and it truly does set the tone for your day.  Looking back on  days that I jump up out of bed and run through my morning, my whole day tends to follows suit.  I feel rushed, unorganized and behind the eight ball all day.  More often than not, my morning routine is as follows:  I still awaken to an alarm and I still tend to hit the snooze button once or twice. My husband and I enjoy a cup of coffee together outside on the back patio as our dog does her morning business in the yard.  Then my dog and I chill out in the hammock and watch the birds flutter around in the trees and we listen to the leaves dance in the breeze for about 20 – 30 minutes.  There is very little conversation between my husband and I in the morning.  Not for lack of points of discussion, but more for true enjoyment of space and time.  It is my favorite time of day.  To be with the one you love and just be still.  It is beautiful.  To watch my dog be happy in the yard and then cuddle with me in the hammock is blissful.  (side note: she is only three pounds)  After our little outdoor time, I wander inside, feed the puppy and then begin getting ready for my day by making the bed, showering and getting dressed as usual with the accompaniment of a great playlist.

My point in sharing this with you is two-fold.

  1. to share with you my beautiful morning routine and reflect on the idea of enjoying a slow start vs a quick jolt to your morning.
  2. to ask you how your morning routine is?  Do you prefer to fill our morning with news and social media?  Do you prefer to exercise?

Think about how you start your morning.  As I asked before, what happens when there is a change in your routine.  When I am running late, my whole day is a mess.  On the flip side, When I am trying like crazy to start a new healthy routine, I am frustrated and rejuvenated all at once.  Like trying to start a new work out regime, or trying to switch up and do my household chores in the morning so I come home to a cleaner house.  I’m happy with the change, but a bit frustrated until I get the swing of things.  (Neither ruins my day, in fact I feel empowered).  There are so many versions of a great start, I hope whatever you do provides you a very happy day!

 

Start your day off right

There is something to be said for making your bed every day.  I have to confess, I do make my bed every morning.  Well, almost every morning.  There is the occasional day when I skip out due to running late and don’t.  There are a few reasons behind this concept and I want to share them with you.

  1. It feels so good time climb into a made bed at the end of the day. The pillows are fluffed, there is no laundry or mess piled up on top and the bed is just ready and waiting for you to climb in and be very sleepy.  It is a stress-free zone ready for you at the end of the day.  This is the last place you need to be greeted by any pending “last minute to do” items such as fold laundry.  (I confess, I am guilty of this and regularly work on making sure my bed is clear of clutter).
  2. It’s a great opportunity to have a fresh start to your day. When you get up in the morning and make your bed you are mentally telling yourself it is time to start your day and get your engines going, so to say, to head in a positive direction.  Almost like checking the first item off your “to do” list.
  3. If you have pets such as dogs or cats that can gain access to your bed and pillows (assuming you have pillows with shams that cover your sleeping pillows) in your absence, this allows your bed to be free and clear from any pet dander. This will also help you sleep better.  A clean bed always is a better night’s sleep.  In this case, I would encourage you to add an extra blanket across your comforter or quilt for your animals to lay on, thus keeping your sleeping area extra clean and fresh.

This may sound silly, but give it a try and you may find your days have a little more pep in their step and your nights may be a bit more restful.  One added note, if you find yourself having a super bad day, you can always give yourself a very literal restart.  Go back to bed, take what I like to call a disco-nap.  A little 20-minute snooze under to covers and even in your pajamas if time permits.  Then get up and start your day again by getting dressed and making your bed.  Leave the earlier part of the day in the past and move forward.  We all have a rough patch here and there and it’s ok.  It’s how we handle it and what we do with it that matters.  If you can do a literal restart, try taking a quick five minute walk outside and a few deep breaths this will help you with a restart as well.  Fresh air is always a great remedy for ugly negativity.  We only go around once, make every minute count.  As always, have a happy day.

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