the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
As I vastly approach my 30th Birthday I can only think about preserving my health and wellness. Having a chronic heart condition I’m already conscientious about my health and take all necessary precautions, but where I fell short in my early twenties-mid twenties was understanding what wellness truly meant. Back then I thought wellness meant becoming vegan/vegetarian and exercising more. Now I know it’s much deeper and is comprised of many different things.
Creating a morning routine helps you set the tone of the day and it allows you to move through the remainder of your day with ease. We can choose what our focus will be for the day, prioritize time, and increase our productivity.
The pandemic was my saving grace because I had time to learn more about wellness in depth, slow down, and ultimately become intentional about my wellness journey. Once I started working from home I immediately created a morning routine. My morning routine consists of drinking celery juice or lemon water/tea prior to breakfast, reading my devotional and writing in my prayer journal, morning skincare routine, having breakfast, and stretching in preparation for my workout at 12pm.
A morning routine looks differently for everyone, but the benefits are psychological and physical.
Seven benefits of a morning routine are: Boost Energy Level, Combat Forgetfulness, Improve Confidence, Increase Your Productivity, Increase Flexibility, Lower Stress, and Power of Control.
1. Boost Energy Level
Mornings can be a drag, especially if you aren’t a morning person. You can change your perspective by adding in an energy and mood booster such as a 30 minute HIIT workout, meditation, or stretching your body doing Yoga.
2. Combat Forgetfulness
When you have the same daily routine, it’s impossible for you to forget! Once you get into the habit of your morning routine it will become second nature.
3. Improve Confidence
When you take your time and prioritize personal care first, you’re setting yourself up for success. When you set aside time for personal care you can focus and give yourself undivided attention. You can recite affirmations aloud, do your hair, your makeup, or pick out your outfit for the day. This not only helps with emotional wellness, but it aids in time management and can also improve your self-esteem.
4. Increase Productivity
With a morning routine, you have the chance to not only tend to yourself but also have the chance to get a jump start on other priorities such a work. You instantly get in a groove and can maintain focus on the tasks that lies ahead. When you reach the end of the workday, you’ll know you achieved everything on your list and can relax for the evening.
5. Increase Flexibility
Let’s be honest, sometimes you can have a rough start and your morning doesn’t go as planned. It’s normal because life happens, but when things go awry you need to adapt. Learning to adapt to the unexpected can help you become flexible in other areas of your life.
6. Lower Stress
Stress often occurs when you feel like you don’t have enough time to finish your work. You end up rushing through or worrying about what needs to be done next. When you follow a morning routine, you always know exactly what you should be doing and what follows. You can complete your entire routine without even thinking.
7. Power of Control
There’s no better feeling than being 100% in control, especially when it comes to your time. When you have numerous commitments, it can feel like a lack of control because you’re on someone’s timeline. Meeting deadlines and completing tasks is normal, but getting ahead of the curve during your morning routine can help you regain a sense of control.
Will you create a morning routine? If so, I’m here to tell you it’s simple. Just start! Create a short schedule and experiment with different orders daily until you find out what works best for you.