A recent survey revealed that there are a number of similarities and differences across the generation spectrum when it comes to our morning routines. It probably comes at no surprise that younger generations wake up to their phones and quickly get pulled into social media, even before their feet hit the ground. I was guilty of being one of those people who immediately was engulfed in their social media feed, email, text messages and online news as soon as I woke up. I realized that this morning routine (or lack of routine) was feeding into my anxiety issues that I then carried with me the rest of the day. So, I decided to do some research and make some small changes to how I start my day. Here’s how:
- Sunlight—as soon as I wake up I open up my curtains. Truth be told, because I’m single and don’t have to listen to anyone else complain, many nights I sleep with my curtains open so that the sunlight wakes me up. I love the calm and peacefulness of waking up to the sun rising verses my phone alarm (which plays You Better Work B*itch by Brittney Spears).
- Water—immediately I go to the kitchen and have a glass of lemon water with pink Himalayan salt and get back in bed. Shout out to the Skinny Confidential podcast for this tip—here’s 20 reasonsof why this water/lemon/salt combo it good for you.
- Meditate—I meditate (in my bed, which I know is weird) for 10 minutes while I drink my water and use either the Headspace app or the Insight Timer (Morning Peace and Grace is my go-to).
- Make my Bed—after I meditate I make my bed. Making my bed everyday gives me so much personal satisfaction and makes me feel like I am starting the day with a sense of organization and accomplishment—and seriously it takes like 2-3 minutes.
- The Daily Podcast—I know I go on about how much I love this podcast, but honestly I am a former news-junkie who had to give up watching the news in recent months, so this podcast gives me my fix. And if you have an Alexa, you can just tell her to play
“The Daily Podcast.”
- Tongue Scraping—while I listen to The Daily, I now do tongue scraping (yes, its gross but I can’t believe I just started to do this), and get ready for the gym depending on the day of the week. Depending on how long the episode is, I might finish it while I walk my dog or on my walk to the gym or listen to it during my morning coffee post workout.
This may sound like a lot, but most of this takes 15-20 minutes. My mind so feels much clearer and I am not starting my day feeling anxious. Honestly, it sets the tone for the rest of the day to be productive and me to be intentional with everything I do. My routine may not be for everyone, but do some research on the morning routines of highly successful people (or even ask your mentor) and then create your own. While I use my phone for meditation and podcasts, I make a point to not allow social media, email or news to cloud my mind first thing in the morning anymore.
My advice is don’t just get up everyday, but wake up with intention and with a routine that sets the foundation for the rest of your day.