In this health training, I’ll be sharing exactly what 5-morning routine activities I do to start my day that reduce my stress. I hope that they will reduce your stress too.
Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, how you start your day really matters. I was very erratic with my morning routine until a year ago when I read the book: “Morning Miracle” by Hal Elrod and I was sold.
I decided to give these 5-morning routine activities a real shot. My morning routine has made such a significant difference to my life that I am addicted to it. My morning is the best part of my day without a doubt. It is amazing.
What does a Morning routine idea look like?
Well, let me be clear.
You must do the same routine 7 days a week. There is no weekend when it comes to your morning routine ideas.
Whatever time you wake up, allow yourself the 20 to 60 minutes it will take to do your morning routine activities. Wake up early enough before your scheduled activities need to take place. You can determine how long you are going to participate in each activity. I know people who have a 2 hour morning routine. My personal routine is 45 minutes long.
Your body, mind, and soul respond best to a daily routine. And we all know that changing habits takes consistent repeated action.
It is a muscle that needs consistent daily practice before it becomes part of your being.
It has been proven that meditation slows down your brain waves and reduces your stress responses. Now how to meditate?
If you use an app – great but don’t be tempted to check out Facebook and Twitter as you wander towards your meditation app.
Meditation has been shown to help you stress less, focus more and even sleep better.
Get outdoors- do your meditation outdoors if possible and the weather allows. If not, a brisk 15-minute walk as part of your morning routine is effective.
Meditation is about training your mind to be more self-aware. It teaches you to become more aware of your thoughts while reducing judgment of them.
Like anything new, when you first start, it may even feel silly or downright ridiculous. But as you become accustomed to the daily experience, you will find yourself not only becoming more comfortable. You will be more relaxed and eventually, it will seem like breathing. It will be an essential part of yourself.
Sounds ridiculous right? After all, I hear you say that if you aren’t breathing, you’d be dead. Breathing is probably the most profitable of the morning routine ideas I cover here.
Yes, I know.
But you’d be living much better if you stopped to do real breathing exercises daily.
Learning to breathe can reduce stress and improve oxygenation of your cells delivering more nutrients and removing more toxins. Sounds anti-aging to me!
And when we learn to breathe, we learn to slow down our breathing which also puts you into a parasympathetic state – what you really want for better healing, less stress and more happiness.
Drink more water
Drink water is an excellent morning routine – at least 8 oz before you get started. Whatever your weight, the average amount of water you want to drink each day is ½ your body weight in oz of water.
E.g. if you weigh 150 lbs., that would be 75 oz of water. And this doesn’t include soups, juices, coffee or tea. It needs to be pure, clean water.
Perhaps the weather is gorgeous, and you can get your mat and do your meditation outdoors. There is added benefit to your meditation when you do it outdoors.
But if the weather is not conducive, then taking a 20-minute walk as part of your morning routine is extremely beneficial.
It is proven that when you get outdoors, your energy increases. A 20-minute walk is good for your digestion, it helps motility and encourages your lymphatic system to dump toxins.
Being outdoors is good for your soul, it improves focus and reduces cortisol. A great big win if you ask me.
Drink/take your daily nutrients
We live in a world where we can no longer get all our daily nutrition needs from the foods we eat.
And this includes eating organic foods and pasture-raised meats. It is just the way it is.
So, supplementation is a necessary part of our lives. And by the nature of its meaning, we are only meant to supplement our diet, not replace it.
You need to eat healthy food too.
How to get started?
Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier (go to bed earlier and you will reap double rewards).
Keep your phone off and don’t check until you have completed your morning routine.
Don’t start on the coffee until after your morning routine is complete.
The Morning Miracle – Book by Hal Elrod – Learn More Here
This is the book that helped me with morning routine activities. Hal took best practices from science and research and simplified them into a set of morning activities. This is a must-read!
Meditation Apps to help you get started on your Meditation Journey –
Calm – Calm App includes guided meditations and sleep stories to help you reduce anxiety, lower stress and improve sleep.
Insight Timer – 15,000 free meditations for you to use as you desire.
Headspace – this app has been instrumental in helping thousands of people enjoying less anxiety and improved stress.
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These routines literally changed my life. Did you get value from these morning routine ideas?