We’re about a week into The Joy Project and so far it’s been great. It hasn’t been without its trials and difficulties, but we are definitely noticing huge differences in our lives, and changes for the better. More on that come September 🙂
One thing that has made a HUGE difference in my life the past two months or so is establishing a morning routine that I’m just in love with. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not typically a morning person. Jason always wakes up before I do, and I have to practically drag myself out of bed to get my day started. I decided something needed to change, because that kind of morning doesn’t exactly set you up for a successful, happy day.
I started with a pretty stickler routine that I thought would be great and whip me into morning shape. It didn’t. I slowly gave that up over time, and it transitioned into a routine that is truly perfect for me. Here are four aspects of my morning routine that are crucial and that I believe EVERYONE should include to have a successful day and life.
- SLEEP The simple truth is that having a great morning actually begins the night before. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you WON’T want to wake up no matter what kind of routine you have set up. Humans typically need 7-8 hours of sleep a night in order to have maximum function throughout the day. In addition, our bodies want to follow our natural circadian rhythm, or follow the sun, basically. Our bodies naturally create melatonin in a dark, winding down environment. See if you can create that in your home the hour or so before bed. To dig a little deeper, between 10pm and 2 am (ish) our bodies are in a physical repair phase. Between 2 am and 6 am (ish) we are in a psychological repair phase. If we aren’t sleeping during these times, we are missing out on literal healing and rejuvenation that is happening! Go to sleep 🙂
- MOVEMENT This could mean a number of things. For me, it was discovering an exercise routine that I truly love. I go to the gym 3 days a week and do yoga the other 2 days. And I haven’t missed a day in MONTHS! I haven’t even wanted to. Which is CRAZY for me! Maybe for you, it’s a walk through your neighborhood, or stretching, or riding a bike. Getting your body moving in the morning is a great way to start the day off on the right foot. It can boost your metabolism, and generally just make you happy, and most of us know that . . .
- INSPIRATION This means doing something that will help you feel uplifted, lighter, and happy! It could be listening to a podcast, reading scriptures, prayer, meditation, reading a personal development book, listening to inspiring music, the list is endless. Figure out what lights you up and inspires you and do that. Personally, I read scriptures, and I always dedicate time for a podcast or a TedTalk or something (always while I’m getting ready).
- AFFIRMATIONS I used to think affirmations were kind of a hokey practice. But I’ve learned a lot since then, and I now know that the most important voice we will ever hear in our lives is our own. That is the voice that gets inside our heads and the one we believe. So what are you telling yourself? Are you feeding your brain positivity and beauty? Or is it negativity and self-doubt? You can write your own, or find some that have already been written that resonate with you. You can read them in front of the mirror or just say them out loud as you’re getting ready in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, or it can be. Whatever feels right. But tell yourself GOOD THINGS! I got my affirmations from Jenna Rammell. I LOVE them. She has 30 days of affirmations, and I just read one out loud in the morning and I think of it often throughout the day. And I am reminded of the person I aspire to be, and I strive to become her.
How many of these things are you currently including in your life? Maybe add one in at a time, or if you’re the all or nothing type, revamp your whole morning starting tomorrow! Find what works for you. Something that I do is I have a list that I literally check off every single day. On my list I don’t include the little obvious things such as brushing my teeth or showering. I just include the things that I know I may forget or skip if they aren’t written down. Whatever you do, make your mornings wonderful. It is possible to love mornings, believe me. If I can do it, so can you!