The idea of a morning routine might make you cringe. The thought of being told what to do and when to do it, especially when you first get up, sounds restrictive and unappealing.
If you take a minute to think about it, you might be surprised to realize that you use routines every day. You have a sequence you use each morning to get dressed — a series of steps that take you to get ready each morning before you head out the door.
All of these are routines you have developed over time, and now you do them without thinking.
If you are anything like me, you probably don’t jump out of bed full of energy, ready to start the day. As slow starters, we need all the help we can get to wake up and get the blood flowing.
While the idea of a routine may sound restrictive and confining, a healthy morning routine can help:
- Eliminates the need for big decisions first thing when we wake up, who has the brainpower for that?
- We already know what we need to do, which helps us reduce mental fatigue, which can give better energy management for the day.
- Set a positive tone for the day.
Knowing this brings up the question, “what should a healthy morning routine include?”. [Read more…]
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Confident Hope: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”. Start your own daily gratitude practice with our, “7 Days of Gratitude Challenge – A Gratitude Journal Starter Kit”.