Have you ever seen these images and instantly felt guilty because your currently scrolling through Instagram in bed and now feel like a total failure?
Yep, me too!
For a long time now I’ve really struggled with the idea of having a set morning routine, because I really do believe that doing things in the morning can set you up for an amazing day.
But on the other hand, no matter how hard I try I just can’t get a morning routine to work for me and I really don’t like having one, here’s why:
- I think that chasing the “perfect” morning routine can make us feel inadequate.
- When we don’t complete everything in our morning routine we can feel like a failure.
- Starting the day with a mental to-do list of what we should do can make us feel stressed and overwhelmed (so we just stay in bed scrolling Instagram instead!)
- And for some people (like me) doing exactly the same thing every single day just doesn’t feel good to them.
The routines in our lives should serve us and make our lives better — not make us feel bad in anyway.
So I think it’s time to stop being a slave to our morning routines and start making our mornings work for us.
Here are 6 tips to help make your mornings work for you:
1. Ditch the routine.
If set routines don’t work for you (they don’t for me) give yourself permission to not have one.
2. Realise that your worth does not depend on your morning routine.
You are not your morning routine. No matter how many things you do (or don’t do) in the morning it doesn’t make you a better or worse person.
3. Tune into your body.
When you wake up in the morning take a moment to feel into these questions:
4. Make it simple.
Each day I devote myself to doing at least 1 thing for myself before starting work for the day. And to be honest, I usually do a lot more than one, but choosing the first thing as if it’s the only thing means that even if I do nothing else I still have done something for myself (and it also means that I don’t immediately feel overwhelmed by everything I plan on doing.)
5. Do what feels good for you.
Curate your mornings based on what feels good for YOU. Not based on what you see on your Instagram feed. Of course you can use what other people do as inspiration for your mornings, but don’t ever feel like your “should” be doing something because someone else is. Do what works best for you — not anyone else.
6. Prepare for your morning the night before.
I find that if I’m organised the night before my mornings just flow and have a sense of ease about them. For example: If I think I may want to go for a walk in the morning, then I will lay out my exercise clothes ready the night before.
When I started making my mornings serve me using these tips, I ended up setting myself up for an amazing day — without the overwhelm, inadequacy or feeling like a failure. Approaching my morning from an attitude of what would feel good to do this morning rather than this is what I should do has completely transformed my mornings from feeling like an obligation to something I actually look forward to each day.
Be empowered to consciously choose how you start your day.
Start your day with joy and feeling good — rather than out of obligation. Choose to do things in the morning that make YOU feel good and inspired to start your day.
What do you love to do in the morning to make yourself feel good?
Chloe is a certified life coach, writer and blogger with a background in psychology. Her mission is to inspire incredible humans to transcend what they think is possible. She is also the creator of The 28 Day Gratitude Project and Infinite: Take your life to the next level and beyond!