It’s taken me a while to settle on a morning routine. In the past, my morning routine was very hectic. I would sleep in as long as I could, quickly take Pablo outside, take a nice warm shower, search for some clean clothes, rush off to Starbucks, drive to work and start my day. This was very unproductive. The nature of the morning was very hectic. I actually didn’t realize how stressed I started off each morning until I solidified my new morning routine.
The New and Improved Morning Routine:
1. I wake before the sunrise
I do this for two reasons. First, there is no quiet like the quiet before the sunrise. A morning filled with the noise of others rustling about to start their day is a stressor. If I am up and have started my routine, this noise has little to no effect on me. Second, It sets the stage for a beautiful sunrise walk with the pup.
TIP: I have a hard time waking up when it’s completely dark, so I am utilizing technology to assist with my early rise. All of the lights in my apartment are connected to my home automation / Amazon Alexa platforms. At 4:45am my alarm begins to go off (starts quietly and gradually builds) and at 4:50am my bedroom light turns on at 50% brightness. At 4:55am the light builds to 100% brightness. Normally I am onto stage two of my routine before this happens.
2. Take my dog out, to well, ya know.
First thing I do is let the pup out to do his business.
TMI Warning: #1 for now… #2 comes later ;)
3. Make my morning drink
I try to drink hot water and lemon every morning. This started after I read a blog post stating doing so has many health benefits. I’m not sure of the validity of that post, but it seems to work for me and it enjoy it. Read more about the benefits here.
If I don’t have any lemons on hand, I’ll drink a glass of green tea.
4. Pabs (my pup) and I go for a walk
Rain / snow or shine. Hot or freezing. Pablo and I go for a minimum 1 mile walk around the neighborhood. This gives me a quick boost for the steps I need to attain for that day, and gives him time to, well… here’s where that #2 comes in. If it’s super nice out, we’ll extend our walk to 2-3 miles. This tires him out a bit for the day. Trust me, a tired puppy is a good puppy.
5. Hop in a cold shower
Yup. A cold shower in the morning is actually quite refreshing once you get used to it. Actually, you never get that used to it, but that’s one of the benefits. If I am not already awake by this time in the morning, this does the trick. It also has many other benefits, click here for a post about the benefits.
I have been meditating 2 times a day for the past two months. I find meditating first thing in the morning sets the stage for a more relaxed day. It centers me, and brings me into a place of relaxation and understanding. I do this for 10-15 mins each morning.
7. Say goodbye to Pabs and head off to work
At this point it around 7:20 in the morning. Giving me plenty of time to make it over to work. I live approx. 7mins away from, so there’s no real rush at this point. I usually arrive to work around 7:30am to get things organized before I officially start my day.
And there it is… The new and improved morning routine! I find this is the perfect routine for me to start my days centered and positive. I no longer feel stressed or rushed in the morning. By adhering to this routine, I find I am more patient and open to others during the day.
What’s your morning routine? Leave a comment below!