You may have read the title of this article and started immediately saying to yourself: “Nope. I’m absolutely not a morning person!” — And trust me, I understand.
Not everyone can be an early bird—there has to be a few night owls out there. It’s all about balance.
That being said, there are people who thrive at night and those that thrive in the morning. And if you’re not a morning person, that’s okay. This article is still for you.
Self-care is a term that we’re all familiar with. People are constantly advocating for it on social media and honestly, while some would say it’s annoying, I say it’s a good thing. It’s urging people to take a few minutes out of their crazy schedules to really focus on themselves. Because, unfortunately, that’s something we all forget to do.
So, why a morning self-care routine? You may be thinking: Can’t I give myself to care at any time of the day? And sure! Of course, you can, in fact, I encourage it! But I’m going to explain to you the importance of a self-care routine centered at the start of your day.
I’m going to give you some beneficial examples of things to start implementing into your daily morning routine:
I know, you may think this one wouldn’t be as important—but let me explain. Doing so gives you an immediate sense of accomplishment to start you off. By waking up and making your bed, you have already tied your space, which brings forth feelings of being organized and put together. And there’s no better feeling than coming home from a long day to a nice, clean space. This creates a sense of harmony in your personal area, making your home a comfortable and relaxing place to be.
Start your morning routine by implementing journaling. Taking just a few minutes to set at your desk or kitchen table, checking in with yourself can only be beneficial to you. And you can write about anything you’d like!
You can write about how you’ve been feeling lately. You can look up an inspirational quote and copy it down. You can name three things you’re grateful for. You can vent about a situation in your life that’s been pestering you. You can write down your positive intentions for the day. The options are endless!
And the journal entry doesn’t have to be a million words long. It can just be a few short sentences. Whatever it is you choose, by journaling, you’re taking time to focus solely on yourself and what your goals are, what your intentions are, or what you’ve been feeling lately. Starting out your morning by focusing on yourself will only help carry out positive feelings for the rest of the day. And if you continue to do it every morning, you will see the goodness in your life begin to grow. You will feel better mentally by welcoming moments of peace by getting your thoughts out on paper. Try it out!
Moving your body first thing in the morning is always a good idea. Whether it’s by doing some energizing stretches, a quick 5-minute workout, or a morning walk around the block. When you exercise, endorphins are released which create feelings of energy and positivity—they don’t call it the happy hormone for nothing!
If you are to move your body, you will feel better during and after. Hence, a great way to start the morning. That energy will flow with you the rest of the day, which could potentially make you feel more focused and concentrated at work, at school, or wherever you may be. You will feel lighter, happier, more concentrated, and in a good mood overall.
These are just a few examples of things you could try as you develop your morning routine. Setting aside those extra few minutes, just for yourself, is essential. You may not think so, but I’m here to tell you it is so.
And maybe some of these ideas don’t work for you—and that’s okay! Finding the things that help you feel positive, self-fulfilled, and happy is what’s most important. It may take a few tries to figure out what works best for you, but once you do, this small morning routine has the power to make all the difference.
And remember not to overwhelm yourself at first. Starting off with a twenty-minute long morning routine may not be your style. Start off by trying one thing for yourself instead of introducing a rigorous routine. Find out what works best for you and use that to your advantage. Getting yourself to start is the only thing that matters.
Find what aids you and start implementing every morning—before checking your phone or your work email. Everything on your phone will still be there after. It may take some time to get used to, but I promise, the long-term effects will be worth it. You will feel better about yourself and your life, giving your body and soul the attention and care it absolutely deserves. Don’t wait for a special occasion to treat yourself. Start small, gain momentum, and who knows—maybe your morning routine will soon become your favorite part of the day!
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