Monday, April 11, 2016

Why Morning Routines Matter



One of the things I'm trying to do this year is be as transparent as possible. On that note, there is an area of my life that is seriously lacking: my morning routine. Growing up I always had to get up early and get ready for school but once I hit my college years, my schedule was all over the place. After graduating from college, I got my first professional job with a crazy schedule. This completely threw off my mornings and how I spent my days. Now that I am back in [grad] school and have another wacky schedule, it is starting to bum me out that I don't have a consistent morning routine. 

Anyone with an odd schedule or who works from home knows how difficult it is to be consistent. I know that I may very well have a regular work schedule in the future but for now, I want to create some consistency in my life. It has only been recently that I've learned how important a morning routine is. I took to the Internet to learn why a morning routine is so important. Here's what I found out:

Successful people have morning routines: according to morningroutine.com, famous and successful individuals [even presidents] dedicate a lot of their success to their morning routines. Apparently finding a ritual that motivates you is crucial. 

Having a morning routine will improve your health: waking up early and having a set routine will give you time to exercise, make a healthy breakfast, and help you have energy all day long. In turn, this will improve your overall health [we all know the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition].

You will accomplish more throughout the day: I think this quote by Drew Canole really sums it up perfectly, "how you start your day is how you start your life." Therefore if you sleep in and rush out the door or don't take the time to make a healthy breakfast or exercise or meditate or whatever helps you, you are set up for a stressful day and are more likely to make poorer choices and be less productive. 

Having a morning routine will improve your confidence and mental health: from what I've gathered, having a morning routine will improve your mental state and in turn, increase your self-confidence. I really like this quote by Henry Ford, "whether you think you can, or you think you can't..you're right." This could not be more accurate. Creating a morning routine will make you feel successful and less stressed at the start of your day and will lead you to have an overall better day. This will increase your self-confidence.

 As you can see, establishing a meaningful morning routine is so important for our well-being. I encourage you to create one [if you have not already]. 

Would you like to see tips for creating a great morning routine? 

Let me know in the comments!




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