Whether you’re a morning person or not, creating a morning routine that you stick to often allows for a smooth transition into the day ahead. There’s no “right” way to organise your morning and it will be entirely dependent on your own commitments and lifestyle but finding some way to be mindful and ease yourself into the day ahead can prove beneficial. In this sense, this post aims to show simple ways to create a peaceful morning routine.
Stay off Social Media:
If you’re like me, your immediate response when waking up is to check your phone. But when you begin your morning routine on your phone you are simply playing catch up with the previous day’s events. If you can, try starting your day afresh in the present allowing you to think ahead about the goals you hope to achieve in that day.
A simple way to stay off your phone is to keep it away from your bed, that way you won’t immediately be inclined to check it. You could even purchase an alarm clock, then you have no excuses to be on your phone.
Eat a Good Breakfast:
It’s not going to be news to anyone that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it is often neglected as we rush around trying to get yourself, and perhaps others ready.
Try this simple overnight oats recipe, you can make it the night before and eat it on the school run, commute to work, or whenever you fancy.
Listen to Some Uplifting Music:
Uplifting music can have a great impact on our mood, charging us emotionally and giving us a more positive outlook on the day ahead.
Most people often wake up to music or listen to music as they travel to work/school. Often however, they tune into the radio or randomly pick playlists. Be more selective with your choices, perhaps gather together some of your favourite tracks that you find uplifting and play these in the morning.
Write Down Your Most Important Tasks:
If you can afford the time, start your day by identifying and writing down one to three of the most important tasks you hope to complete during the day. These tasks could be as simple as getting a wash done or phoning a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, but help you to feel accomplished at the end of the day.
If you can’t afford the time to write these down, you could even just run through these things in your head first thing in the morning. The point is your acknowledging the important tasks in the day allowing you to manage and prioritise your time better.
Do Whatever Works for You:
Just remember when it comes to routine and habits, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all”. You have to adjust your routine to your needs, according to your priorities, schedule and abilities.
Create a routine that works best for you. If you are able to, try to have something to look forward to every morning, this could be as simple as cup of coffee when you wake up. This is a great way to make you look forward to the day ahead.
So that’s some tips on creating a simple morning routine. But just remember we can’t always be expected to stick to a routine, unexpected things can happen, and life does, and will, get in the way. Don’t beat yourself up if you missed breakfast or slept in, just know that tomorrow morning is a fresh start for us all.
Researched and written by NPUK Communications Assistant, Eleanor Lily Taggart.