I’m in progress of becoming an early riser. Now let me tell you it is not easy. I experience many days of staying up late for no good reason and that makes it pretty hard getting out of bed the next day. The longer I stay in bed, the shorter the morning gets and the less time there is left to get things done. This became a big motivation of mine to wake up earlier.
Waking up with a sweet morning routine has helped me a lot. I created a couple of habits that set me in a good mood right from the beginning of the day. I look forward to the morning and feel like jumping out of bed as soon as it is time to rise. Let me share those habits with you!
- I wake up right away, I don’t snooze! Whenever I wake up to an alarm, I make sure not to hit the snooze button. When you close your eyes after waking up your body prepares to go back to sleep again. The second time you wake up to the alarm, while trying to catch some extra minutes of sleep, it confuses your body. You’ll be even more tired than the first time you woke up. Instead I created a habit of setting my alarm right on the time I need to get up, and I get up! This habits has helped me so much.
- I stretch my body a little in bed and take a couple big breaths. I give my body some time to wake up. I do this by stretching my arms and legs while my body is still warm underneath the sheets. It feels so good! Then I take a moment to consciously breathe deep, in and out, for roughly five times before I get up.
- I get comfy, open the curtains and drink some water. Whenever it is cold I don’t feel tempted to get out of my bed. In the morning my bed always feels so warm and comfortable that I just want to stay there. All cozy and stuff. It helped me placing a vest or robe next to my bed and a pair of house slippers. I can keep my body temperature warm in my robe or vest and I don’t have to walk on the cold floor. So I hop into my slippers, throw on my vest and open the curtains for some natural light. If it is still dark out, I will switch on the lamps. Usually I have a glass of water next to my bed that I will drink until the last drop. Then I head to the kitchen to drink some more water, until I feel hydrated enough. I might have a cup of hot water with ginger and lemon as well.
- I take out my journal and start writing down: 3 things I am grateful for, my intention for the day, one thing I forgive myself for and a positive affirmation.
- I reread what I have written down and smile. Then I read some more. Reading back what I wrote down helps me remind those positive thoughts for the rest of the day. Sometimes I will tweet my intention for the day on my twitter. I create a huge smile on my face, for no particular reason. It makes me feel so positive. Then, when I feel like it, I read for about 15-30 minutes out of a book or an interesting article online.
- Meditation and visualization. After writing and reading I sit down to meditate. I get comfortable and close my eyes. I relax my hands on my knees and make sure my back is straight. I take a deep breath and try to clear my mind. I give no attention to the thoughts that may come to mind. I just let them pass through. I focus on nothingness. Other times I begin with the same steps, but then visualize about a certain goal I want to achieve. A short term goal or a long term goal. I visualize myself achieving my goal with every detail.
- I clean up for 30 minutes. When I come back to my senses I take some time to clean up around my house. I set an alarm for 30 minutes, sometimes for 40 minutes and clean whatever area I feel like. If there are dishes from yesterday, dirty laundry that needs to be washed or bed sheets that need to get changed I will take care of that. Cleaning is very therapeutic to me in some way. If you don’t feel like cleaning do something else that can take your mind off of things like playing and instrument or going for a walk.
- I do yoga. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is yoga. Once I am done cleaning around the house my body feels warmed up. I turn on a relaxing playlist and turn up the speakers. I place my yoga math on the floor and take off my slippers. From there on I start my yoga routine. I stretch, I do push ups, I do yoga poses. I give my body attention where it needs. And oh boy, do I feel good after it.
- I get ready for the day. At this point I am ready to make myself presentable or hop into some workout gear for a workout. I wash myself, brush my teeth and fix my hair. Maybe I do a little face routine, use a face mask and do other girly things.
This is how my morning has been looking like for the past while. It sets a really positive tone for my day and I think that is a big reason I have been sticking to it.
I would love to know how your morning looks like. Do you do some similar things or does your morning look completely different? Tell it to me in the comment section down below!