My old morning routine
I used to have a routine in the morning to start the day on my terms, and I wanted to do everything in a relaxed mood and avoid stress. I usually get up a bit earlier (even if it is hard…). It helps me stay focused and relaxed when I have enough time for everything. Otherwise, I tend to get frantic and stressed.
The new mornings
On a regular day, I get up at 5.30 am. When the alarm rings, I get up, no excuses, even if it’s that hard. No snooze button. Never. First, I want to get hydrated to get up and have a cup of water or any sugar-free drink. I do my chakra meditation with relaxing music. This practice is currently a game changer for me! Who thought that I would ever get into meditation!? It slows down my mind, and I can start the day relaxed.
Then I start my beauty routine with some activating music. Music is essential for me because it influences my mood positively.
This time allows me to think about the day and to get in touch with myself. It’s a kind of meditation for me. Doing my make-up is part of this me-time.
For breakfast, I usually have coffee and green smoothies. I don’t eat that early, and the greens energize me. If the weather is fine, I enjoy breakfast with my husband on our balcony. If the weather isn’t acceptable, we do either because it is relaxing and energetic to enjoy breakfast in the fresh air.
I love journaling in the morning. It’s a mix of morning pages to get rid of all the brain dump and planning my day mindfully. Mindful planning means that I respect my feelings, e.g. if I feel tired or not so energetic due to hard workdays before. I reduce my tasks for such days and focus on planning or easy tasks. I can get some things done with this routine but don’t feel overwhelmed or frustrated because I think I finished too little.
Again: 4 benefits of a morning routine
1. Regularity saves energy:
With any routine, you can save energy because you don’t have to decide each morning what and how to do it. We have to determine a lot during the day, and this costs a lot of energy. You can save energy by establishing routines.
2. Productivity increases:
If you start your day with more energy, you are likely to be more productive. Interestingly, I thought that I have to be fast in the mornings to rush to work and always run out of time. You can imagine my hectic mood in the morning! One time, I discovered that I can always do as much as always or more if I am calm and mindful. Throughout the day, your productivity increases if you do your tasks mindfully rather than stressfully. Important notice: keep away from that snooze button! It boycotts your productivity. Read more on productivity here.
3. Feels good:
This one is simple. A morning routine that covers your needs feels good and brings you in the perfect mood to enjoy your day. My experience shows that if I feel good in the morning, I can expand this feeling over the whole day. At least most of the days – I admit, morning routines are no magic bullets, but they can benefit your wellbeing.
The last but not most minor benefit of morning routines is that they provide stability and security. If you do something regularly, it helps you to keep control and feel secure. Significantly, in those times of pandemic, a morning routine can help overcome weird feelings if you are in quarantine. I stuck to my morning routine every day of the quarantine, which helped me stay focused and productive.
I don’t have an evening routine. I like to relax with my partner and watch a few Netflix episodes or read a bit, but there is nothing fancy. The only routine I like to have is to go to bed early, so I get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Read more about chakra meditation here.
For more information on personal growth, check out this great community by my mentor Brendon Burchard (affiliate link).