*Cue the iPhone alarm tone* You know, the one that triggers you when you hear it literally anywhere. Wake up, take a deeeeep breath… and get on social media until you absolutely have to get out of bed. Anyone else’s morning look like this? Don’t tell us we’re the only ones. How do we break the vicious cycle? Create a morning routine, of course. But what does that even look like? Here are our tips for how to create a morning routine (that works for you) and how to stick to it. We’ll end this blog with an easy example morning routine that you can adopt and replace where needed.
Tip #1 – Start small & simple
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be just like your favorite influencer’s. And it shouldn’t be. Start with 3 or 4 things max. You can always add to it later when you have the whole waking up on time thing down. Start small in quantity and simple in tasks. Think of something you already do in the morning. Do you always have a morning coffee? Tea? Or just water? You already have step 1.
Femi bonus tip: If you can, try to make your bed first thing in the morning. It gets your body moving and gives you the ego boost of having already accomplished one task – look how productive you are! Just try it for one day at first and see if it makes you feel better.
Tip #2 – Look at something physical first
When we say start simple, we mean it. It’s pretty hard to go from checking social media every morning to not even touching your phone. Realistically, most of our alarms are on our phones these days, anyway. So just take a baby step. If you need to respond to a text or check the weather, that’s okay, but try to avoid social media until the end of your morning routine. It makes a huge difference. When you first wake up, look out your window or go straight into your kitchen and get a glass of water. These small tasks make your morning about you instead of about what’s going on in the rest of the world.
Femi bonus tip: Being addicted to social media isn’t a character flaw. The apps are designed to make you addicted. Try moving your apps from their regular spot so when your thumb just naturally goes to check Instagram after checking the weather, you have to actually think about what you’re doing. That gives you time to remember “wait a second, Instagram isn’t part of my morning routine.”
Tip #3 – Truly make it your morning routine
If exercising isn’t normally a priority for you during your week, then 3o minutes of yoga or working out in the morning probably shouldn’t be one of the first additions to your routine. That being said, it does feel great to move your body a little in the morning. Maybe start with just making your bed or doing a light, unstructured stretch where you feel like you need it.
Femi bonus tip: Your morning routine can be made up mostly of things you already do. Just be more intentional about them. Maybe you take a big stretch when you wake up because it’s natural. Add in some ankle rolls and shoulder stretches to get your joints ready for the day.
Tip #4 – Start with hygiene
It doesn’t have to be the first thing you do. Personally, we’re fans of starting slow and a splash of water to the face isn’t quite that. But this is your routine and if your skincare is top priority, do it first thing. Whether you’re a morning shower person or not, hygiene should definitely play some role in your morning routine.
Femi bonus tip: Brushing your teeth and washing your face are obvious starters, but take care of your body, too. Make sure you’re feeling fresh and clean everywhere and don’t forget to moisturize! Your face isn’t the only thing that deserves attention in the morning.
Tip #5 – Have a good mix
Your morning routine should be a mix of things you need to do (like drinking water and brushing your teeth) and things you love to do or that will boost your mood first thing in the morning. Maybe that means you wake up 20 minutes earlier to have time for reading or maybe you take your coffee out to your patio. Figure out what little task you could implement that would start your day on the right foot and then make it a part of your everyday routine.
Femi bonus tip: Start with 3 things. 1 thing you should do, 1 thing you already do and 1 thing you would like to do. Morning routine, accomplished.
Beginner Morning Routine Example:
Wake up & drink water
Prepare and drink my coffee before breakfast
Stretch my body
Wash my face and get ready
Leveled-up Morning Routine Example:
Wake up & make the bed
Drink water and prepare coffee
15-minute yoga video
Wash my face/get ready
Read my book for 20 minutes
Feel free to steal these and find what works best for you. Have a great morning.