How you wake up and what you do to start the day affect how the rest of your day goes and how you feel, even more than what time you wake up.
Having a morning routine allows things to fall into a seamless pattern, helps “ground” each new day by allowing you to observe your thoughts and feelings and goals in a mindful, proactive way, and helps you face the day ahead with drive, inspiration and passion.
Good ideas or great art are the unpredictable outcomes of a predictable regimen—they are, by their very definition, out of the ordinary.
This fact is evident in the lives of artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Pablo Picasso…political figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx…and writers such as Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and William Faulkner.
Studying their lives reveals how they managed to accomplish the work they loved and summoned up the willpower and self-discipline to create good work…
Their struggles and solutions can inspire, amuse, and delight each of us in our own battles with the always difficult, occasionally miserable creative process.
Adding simple steps to our own morning routines and creating rituals out of simple, mundane tasks such as getting dressed and eating breakfast can help us from feeling over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed.
A predictable morning routine that you try to follow every single day can become an almost sacred “jumping off place” to tackle the day ahead.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate into your own morning routine…
1. Alarm…Use a sunrise alarm that uses light to gently wake you up instead of jolting you awake with a loud sound.
2. Devotion…Scientifically proven benefits to meditation and mindfulness include reduced anxiety, increased body satisfaction, improved cognitive function and emotional intelligence, and an increase in the brain’s ability to deal with distractions. Meditation and mindfulness teach us to step back from our reactions and observe what’s going on inside our minds with intention.
3. Exercising…Exercising is not only good for your health, but also for improving your energy level and relieving stress. Taking time to stretch can help you feel more awake…increases blood flow in your body and mobility, improve balance, lower your blood sugar, and feel less stressed.
4. Hydration…Drinking water is important for your overall health, and drinking water should be one of the first steps in your morning routine. drinking water can help boost your metabolism, aid with digestion, and help your body function more efficiently.
5. Light…Open your curtains as soon as you wake up.
6. Music…Listening to music you love…can decrease stress…can prevent increases in heart rate and systolic blood pressure caused by anxiety…improves memory…boost the immune system…motivate you…help get your day off to the right start…and boost your mood even when you’re a little groggy and reluctant to start your day.