I never considered myself a morning person until I realized how important it is to start your morning right. I have been doing this morning routine since the beginning of my senior year of college. Although I have graduated from college, I still find myself performing the same morning ritual, just because it has helped me mentally and physically start my day on a positive note and uplift my mood throughout the entire week.
I set my alarm at 6:30 am every day. The trick to having an alarm is to set your phone and leave it far away from your bed the night before- trust me, this helps enormously. When the alarm goes off in the morning, and those annoying sounds start and won’t stop, the only thing left to do is stand up from the bed and turn it off. The trick to getting out of bed is to use the 5-second rule.
“5…4…3…2…1 go.” That’s it. Five seconds is all it takes. If you don’t act on an instinct within that 5-second window, that’s it. You’re not doing it.
Once you are already up, things start to move easier and smoother. I never use social media the first hour I am awake because it interrupts my routine. I set my phone back down and wash my face, brush my teeth, and change out of my pajamas. The reason I change out of my pajamas so fast is that it is one of the hardest things you have to do in the morning. I strongly encourage you to do this because it is a great way to start waking up your body.
Once I am awake and dressed, I do what I call “Me Time,” which means I either read or write in my journal. I have been reading more than writing this past week, just because I have been hooked on a book I borrowed from my friend. I typically leave my house anywhere between 7:40- 8:00 am to go to the gym. I know right now you are probably thinking to yourself, “ typical morning routine.” The thing is, yes, I am extremely typical.
I normally stay in the gym for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on my mood and how I am feeling. I listen to my body, and depending on what it wants; I stay longer or shorter hours. The trick to having a healthy and balanced morning routine is to do something for your mind and body- but not overdoing it.
When I get back home, I make myself a protein smoothie with almond milk, peanut butter powder, whey protein, and bananas. I also make myself an iced coffee with almond milk (told ya I was typical). This has always been my favorite part of my morning routine. When I am drinking my shake, I go through social media or answer any texts.
After I finish all of that, I grab a piece of paper and make a “to-do list,” I have always enjoyed doing this because I get a certain satisfaction when I tick off the items I have done.
My day starts, and I am feeling energetic, happy, and positive. I would encourage everyone to try it and remember that it takes about 21 days to make a habit.