So in my last blog post (check it out here), I shared my experience with trying to create the right morning routine that suits my personality and my schedule. I tried a million different things until I finally created my own routine that worked for me…and I want to share it with you so you can see how simple a morning routine can be!
1. 3-5 Sun Salutations
Sun Salutations are a great way to combine stretching and movement. Doing these helps to get my heart pumping and wakes me up without being too strenuous or heavy (like a treadmill or stairmaster).
2. Seated stretches
I sit cross-legged at the top of my mat and do some seated shoulder and chest stretches – sometimes I clench my teeth at night when I am stressed and this helps counteract the effects of it when I do. Neck rolls, shoulder rolls, anything to get the kinks out from residual stress.
3. Seated Meditation
I set the timer on my phone for 10 minutes and bring my focus to my breath. There are many ways you can learn to meditate, but personally I do best without guided meditations and prefer to do breath work instead.
And that’s it!
I am so happy that I finally found a way to combine movement with meditation in a way that works for me and now I feel much better when I start the day this way rather than rushing around like a stressball.
Sometimes I change it up – maybe I do more movement and less stretching. On days that I don’t have to work, I may sleep in and then go to a yoga class or the gym. It really depends on how I am feeling and what my body needs.
But most days, this is what I do to start my day.
So now let’s talk about how YOU can create the perfect morning routine for YOU.
How to Create Your Perfect Morning Routine!
Grab a pen and your journal and take a few minutes to answer these questions:
Question 1. Are you a morning person or an evening person?
This is really important to consider. If you don’t wake up with ease naturally in the morning, but you know that you have energy later in the day, then you might want to tailor your morning routine accordingly. Don’t force your body to do something that doesn’t fit.
Question 2: Are you naturally more energetic or lethargic?
Some people are naturally full of energy and move quickly. Other people are calmer and more slow-moving. Which do you think you are?
Question 3: Are you Type A?
So this is very helpful information in determining your morning routine. Are you the type that is drawn to competitive, power exercises (Crossfit, power yoga, boot camps, etc.)? If so, you likely need more calming activities to balance out your life and should really include some type of stretching or breath work in your morning routine. If you have a mind that starts racing the minute you wake up, counteracting that with some calm would greatly you.
Question 4: What are you trying to achieve with your morning routine?
Are you needing to wake up and get energized? Or you are trying to calm yourself and mentally prepare for your day? How much time do you realistically have available to you? These are all important questions to consider. For example, on my normal work days I have about 30 minutes to spare without waking up too early, so that is all I schedule for myself. So think about what your body and your mind need in the morning to start the day in the right mindset.
Question 5: What are the options?
Take a look at this list and think about what would best suit your needs:
–> Yoga practice
–> Breathing practice
–> Quiet Time
–> Early morning walk
–> Gratitude practice
So as you go through these questions, think about what might be missing in your life right now; what jumps out as something that you think would make your morning blissed out?
Once you have answered these questions, create a simple routine and try it every day for 1 week. This will give you some time to determine whether or not it works for you or if anything needs to change.
Remember – every day is a new day to start fresh!
Already have an awesome morning routine that you would like to share? Comment below!