Are you a morning person, or does your day usually start with the snooze button? While the idea of getting up super early, making a cup of coffee and doing your devotions sounds great, for most of us mornings aren’t always so peaceful. But I’m learning that how you start your day actually has a huge impact on the day itself. When you start your day with a positive morning routine, you set yourself up for success. It’s the perfect way to connect with God and get in the right mindset so you can face whatever the day holds.
In this article, I’m going to share why YOU should start your day with a positive morning routine, and exactly how to create one that’s perfect for your life.
Why you need a positive morning routine
Not only does a morning routine increase your productivity at work or school, but starting your day with inspiration and intention can also lead to greater happiness and less stress. And let’s be real, we could all use a little less stress in our days! In the Bible, we see that even Jesus went off by himself early in the morning to pray.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35
We also see David, a man after God’s own heart, regularly use the morning to pray, worship and connect with God.
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3
So there’s obviously something to this whole morning routine thing.
When you start the day with inspiration, whether by reading the Bible, praying, journaling or even working out, you’re more likely to stay at peace during the day. All that to say, you need a morning routine. Night owls, don’t let this overwhelm you! You don’t have to wake up at 5 am. Here are a few easy ways to gradually get used to waking up earlier and build a morning routine.
Ways to create a positive/inspiring morning routine
Here are some easy ideas you can implement into your morning to have that positive start to the day. Why not choose 2-3 to start tomorrow?
Get up on time.
The first and most important part of creating a morning routine? Don’t hit that snooze button! Set an alarm for your ideal wake up time, and move your alarm clock or phone across the room if you need to. Once you get out of bed, you’ll be less likely to get back in again.
Don’t check social media!
If I could share this 1,000 times, I would. Do NOT head to social media first thing in the morning. You’ll be much happier if instead, you focus on God and then yourself. Your morning should have nothing to do with what all your friends are doing. You can find out later.
Feed your soul.
Equally as important if not more so, morning is THE absolute best time to feed your soul. Find a devotional to follow and read from each morning. Take time to talk with God and maybe even listen to some worship music. When your soul is fed, it will be easier to deal with whatever the day brings.
Take 20 minutes out of your morning to do something healthy for your body! Go for a quick walk or jog, or maybe even try some yoga. The health benefits of getting some movement in first thing in the morning will last long after the day is done.
Check your to-do list.
Review your to-do list and your goals for the day, what do you want to accomplish? Now that you’ve reviewed what needs to be done, make a plan! Choose the top 2-3 things you must get done and set an intention for them.
Eat a good breakfast.
What better way to start your day than with something yummy and nutritious? This is an effective way to not only boost your metabolism but wake yourself up, as well. Drink a glass of water while you’re at it!
By just putting a few of these into practice, you’ll create a morning routine that keeps you fueled up and inspired all day long! Remember, getting up early and having a positive morning routine isn’t all about will power or self-control. It’s about gradually making it a habit. Even if some days you can’t resist that snooze button, try again tomorrow. If you fail, try again the next day.
After a few mornings under your belt, you just might realize you’re a morning person after all!