Creating a Healthy Morning Routine
How can a healthy morning routine help if you're not a fan of getting out of bed in the morning? You're not alone in that feeling. Convincing yourself to leave your bedroom and enter the real world can be a daunting task. However, creating a healthy morning routine can help you learn to greet the morning with a smile.
My Morning Routine Keeps Me Healthy
Here, I'm going to detail my morning routine. Feel free to take (or discard) whatever you like. Your morning routine is all up to you.
Step 1: Get Out of Bed
Now, this one might be a bit obvious. But getting out of bed isn't the first thing most people do when they wake up. In fact, until a couple of weeks ago, it wasn't the first step in my morning routine. Instead, I used to habitually check my phone the moment I woke up. I'd open my phone just seconds after opening my eyes. Now, I keep my phone in a different room, and I don't start checking emails until my morning routine is over. Instead of giving the first few minutes of my morning to social media, work emails, and checking coronavirus statistics, I move on to step two.
Step 2: Light Exercise
After getting out of bed, I head straight for the yoga mat in the living room. I don't do anything overly fancy. In fact, I only spend about five minutes doing light bodyweight exercises, leaving more than enough energy to do my real workout later in the day. However, taking the time to breathe, get the blood pumping, and spend the first few minutes of my day in my body (instead of in my phone) makes a big difference in setting the tone for the rest of the day.
Step 3: Brush My Teeth
Hopefully, this one doesn't need much explaining. Please brush your teeth.
Step 4: Play With the Cat
I spend about three minutes sitting on the floor playing with my fiance's cat. This cat is a ridiculous creature, so just a minute or two usually results in quite a few laughs.
Step 5: Work
After my routine, I usually open up my laptop and start working. I use my mornings for uninterrupted creative work (like writing this blog post). I try to work for at least 90 minutes without distraction. If you're not a morning person, starting work within 30 minutes of waking up might not be your optimal strategy. I've found that working when you're naturally the most creative, motivated, and inspired is the best way to structure your day. Make sure to listen to your body. Don't fight it.
Step 6: Walk
The last step in my morning routine is to go for a walk. Usually, I walk to a delightful park here in Antwerp with a pond, trees, and flowers. Getting a bit of exercise and walking through nature is great for recharging me and getting me ready for another block of work.
What's your morning routine? If you don't have a routine yet, what are a few healthy habits you can repeat each day? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Bjorn, M. (2020, May 6). Creating a Healthy Morning Routine , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, December 1 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingablissfullife/2020/5/creating-a-healthy-morning-routine
Author: Michael Bjorn Huseby
I am over 65 have been a nurse for 47 year now retired on disabilities ( multiple). Just can't seem to get myself going any more.
Thank you for the positive.
Wow, 47 years is impressive. I have many nurses in my family, so I know how difficult it can be.
That sounds great. Very helpful for me!
I'm glad it's helpful! The book "The Miracle Morning" is also great (though I'm not sure I agree with the author's ideas that sleeping 4-5 hours per night is a healthy strategy).