This is part 2 of a 2 part series on creating a nourishing morning routine. Part 1 is about finding your why and part 2 is focused on the practicalities of what to include in a morning routine and tips to make it happen.
Last week I told you why I think a morning routine can be good for your soul. In a busy society it can be wonderful to get up and going before other people do.
Maybe you like the idea of it and want to try waking up early, but you're not sure what you would do.
Here are some tips and ideas to get your morning routine started.
4 tips for starting a morning routine.
Consistent bed time and wake up time (even on weekends). In other words, no sleeping in. Does that sound horrible? It did to me at first, but I kept coming across articles that said it would be easier to wake up early if I did this. Finally I tried it and they were absolutely right.
Change when you go to bed and when you wake up in 5 to 15 minute increments. Stick with that new time for about a week or until you’re comfortable with it and then bump the time again. For example, right now you may be going to bed at midnight and waking up at 7. Tonight, go to bed at 11:45 and wake up at 6:45.
Disconnect from technology. Many of us use our phones as alarms, but if you are scrolling before you go to sleep and checking social media and email as soon as you wake up, you may need to go back to an old school alarm. Also, using technology within the hour before bed can significantly increase difficulty sleeping. (source)
Accountability. Join the Grove Society or find a friend who’s ready to do this too and text each other each morning when you wake up.
What should be in my morning routine?
There are many possibilities for what to do, but this question is how I decide.
Does this fill me up?
The point of waking up early for me is to care for myself first thing so that I can live the rest of my day in an overflow of self-care.
You could pray, meditate, exercise, paint, enjoy nature, or read a book.
Make a list of the things you love to do but feel like you don’t have time to do. Some of those things could be added to your list.
What would you do if you had an extra hour each day?
That's what waking up early can do for you!
With a strong enough why, changing this habit becomes exponentially easier to accomplish. Become aware of any excuses and find the true reason behind them.
The reason why I encourage doing this routine in the morning is because I have experienced tremendous benefits by doing this.
I am more focused and productive, I am in a better mood which leads to better eating choices, and I am excited for my day instead of dragging out of bed.
While it may be difficult to get going and might seem like a punishment, it is so worth the results you will see once it’s a new habit.
To dive deeper into creating a nourished morning routine, the Grove Society January workbook includes an article and a worksheet to help you figure this out. Plus I’m available for questions in the group!
What is your biggest why for trying to do this? Share in the comments below.