All over the world wide web and around, there are articles, videos, and posts about people’s unique morning routine–their ideal first few steps of the morning before beginning their day. Many of these consist of physical health related tasks, such as working out, breakfast, and thier process of getting ready for the day. Some are very basic and superficial, while others are more detailed and require a little more time than the average person can afford each morning. But the important thing is to recognize the signifance of HAVING a morning ritual, no matter what the specific routine is.
Having a morning routine sets the tone for the entire day. It doesn’t seem like much, but waking up a little earlier than required each day can change your entire day, and repeating these small yet necessary steps are grounds for having a healthy, happy, and productive day; in fact, these are the first steps towards making an overall positive change in your life. I’ve followed a pretty simple routine for the past few years of my life, and after doing a little bit of research and changing around a few steps, I have found a quick yet effective morning ritual that I am able to stick with and that is ideal for me.
The first and most important step to take as soon as you wake up each morning is to smile. Yes, SMILE. Simple enough, right? Smile not only with your face, but with your mind and your heart and your being. It is not uncommon that the first thought that runs through people’s mind in the morning is, “Oh, great…it’s Monday. So many things to do!” But first, take a moment to just smile. Smile because you’re thankful to God for giving you another brand new day of life, because there is no greater reason to smile for. Besides this simple fact, here are 15 other proven health benefits you can reap simply by smiling more throughout the day. 🙂
Another common thing that many people do each morning, like clockwork, is reach for their phone. They check their missed call, texts, voicemail, social networking updates, and emails. They start their day off by responding to others, often forgetting that the most important person in your life is your own self. So before you wake up responding to others and the world around you, respond to yourself. Your body has been stiff in the same position for hours, so one of the most important steps to waking up is to stretch..and then, breathe. Stretch out your entire body and take a few deep breaths right from the diaphragm; not only will this release feel-good endorphins, but the oxygen will give provide you with energy, giving you the boost you need to start your day off feeling good. Deep breathing also removes toxins from your organs, promotes better blood flow, decreases overall stress and anxiety, and can help you sleep better at night. So, just breathe.
Each morning when you wake up, take about 10 minutes (People take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, but 10 minutes is what works for me) to spend some time getting your mind on the right track. Meditate, say a prayer, do some positive thinking, or just spend a few minutes planning out your day (I usually do this the night before, but setting your goals for the day each morning is perfectly fine, too). Remind yourself of exactly who you are and what your life is all about, and figure out how to make positive progress towards whatever it is your want to achieve, keeping in mind that anything is possible. Taking these few moments just to remember the big picture can really put things into perspective, providing peace and the strength to embrace whatever you may encounter in the upcoming day.
And of course, finally, follow your preferred health routine depending on how early you wake up and how much time you have each morning. After you have taken some time to feel good on the inside, it is time to focus on the more outward aspects: Wash up, work out, and have a fulfilling breakfast. These steps require little explanation and vary for each individual, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong way in which to carry out these steps, as long as they get done. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you are more confident and likely to have a productive day ahead.
It is only fair to acknowledge the video this was all inspired by, a 35-minute YouTube video by ProjectLifeMastery: How To Be Productive, Happy, & Healthy Everyday. This video is a lot more detailed than I prefer, and it goes into a lot more depth about the morning ritual than I have, but keep in mind that each individual will have a different routine depending on what works for them. I hope this video will provide you with as much insight as it has for me, guiding you towards the ideal morning ritual for you. Waking up a little earlier than your normal time and following a routine each morning will maximize the health of your mind, body, and soul, and set you up for nothing but success for the rest of the day. Good luck!