Your morning rituals have the power to set your mood for the whole day. If you are in a good state when you leave your house in the morning, you will most likely keep this energy throughout your day. In the same way, if you start your day in a hurry and get stressed, these emotions are likely to follow you through the rest of your day. There is no ideal morning routine that fits everyone, but one can learn a lot by looking at the morning rituals of successful people to get inspiration towards creating a routine that works best for oneself.
We have looked into some easy ways you can improve your morning. Whether you choose to adopt some of these rituals or all of them, you are bound to get a slightly better morning that can improve your day overall. All you need is some time and motivation to change your morning habits for the better!
10 morning routines that can change your life
1. Wake up early
The first step to develop a morning ritual for champions is time. Hence, you have to wake up earlier. We promise you, it will be worth it!
2. 10 minutes stretching
A good way to start your day is by doing some stretches for about 10 minutes. You can do the stretches in your bed or on a yoga mat if you have one. Below is a video with some inspiration for stretches. Try out different poses and see what fits best for you. Develop your stretching routine accordingly.
3. 10 minutes meditation
After a slow start with stretching, it’s great to go for a short meditation session. You can do this while still lying in bed or on your mat. There are several great apps online with some amazing meditation and mindfulness programs. Below is a link to a 10-minute guided meditation with Deepak Chopra.
4. Time for self-reflection
It’s time to get out of bed or up from the mat. If you practiced meditation, you are probably in the mood for some self-reflection. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and sit down in your favourite chair for 10 minutes of self- reflection. This is also a great time to structure your day. Go through what you want to get out of the day and create an adjustable plan accordingly.
5. Exchanging coffee with green tea
We understand that some people really must have their coffee in the morning. However, it can be great to try out green tea instead of coffee for about 2 weeks. See for yourself if you feel better than when you were drinking coffee! Green tea is a smart substitute for coffee as it’s a lot healthier and not as addictive. It’s high in antioxidants and has a great deal of caffeine, so it does the job if you get rid of your coffee addiction.
6. Read for personal growth
Reading 10 minutes of an inspiring text can do wonders for your levels of motivation throughout your day. Get a good collection of personal development books in order to keep your inspiration level high.
7. 15 minutes exercise
You should aim to get in at least 15 minutes of exercise in the morning. The exercise does not have to be extreme. It can be something as simple as going for a power-walk or doing some yoga exercises. This will get your blood flowing and really kick-start your day. No need for coffee!
8. Prepare a healthy breakfast
Nothing feels better than a nice, healthy meal after exercising. Prepare something light to eat that makes you feel amazing.
9. Listen to uplifting music
Listening to uplifting music does wonders for your mood! You can do this during your morning exercise, at home or on your way to work. You will definitely feel happier when you arrive at your workspace. You can even spice it up with some crazy dance moves! That will for sure put you in a good flow and a standard routine here at YWS.
10. Smile at yourself in the mirror for 30 seconds
Sounds crazy, but if you smile at yourself in the mirror for 30 seconds you are sending signals to your brain that you are happy. So even if you’re in a bad mood, it will actually be turned around for the better. Try it out and see for yourself.