Life is a roller coaster! Why I need a Morning Routine, and why you do too!
Updated: Jun 25, 2022
Just lately there have been weeks when I don’t know if I’m coming or going!!
One thing has been rolling in on top of another.
And it really has felt like being on a non-stop roller coaster at times.
So I had a choice.
Do I hold on for dear life panic and scream with terror as a new thing looms up in front OR do I fling my hands up in the air, scream for sheer excitement and accept each rise and fall as another challenge?
Well - for the most part I have tried to take the second option because it is my nature to try and be happy (I know). For anyone who knows, I am a Type 1 in Carol Tuttle’s Living Your Truth system and being someone who can just as easily connect as disconnect with things, I don’t find it difficult, on the whole, to distract myself from worries. I can be completely engaged in something until I don’t need to be and I can find something else to concentrate on quite easily. It can come across as superficial and in some instances maybe even shallow and uncaring but I can assure you it isn’t! It is just how I manage stress.( https://my.liveyourtruth.com/dyt/home/ )
I cannot emphasise enough how much having a basic morning routine helps me start my day. It is a way of normalising each new day, grounding myself and setting myself up for whatever else may happen.
I have one routine which takes me from getting up right through to either leaving for work or whatever else I have planned for the day, it usually finishes in my case at 9.00am.
But and it’s a big but - I can pare it right down to the absolute basics if life is just too busy or overwhelming :
Have Coffee and Breakfast
Wash / Teeth
And that’s it. Those four things are the absolute non-negotiables in my morning routine. If I do NOTHING else, I have got up and I have got dressed. I have started the day.
If you don’t have a morning routine, mine is written down but it doesn’t need to be, I would really encourage you to find one which suits you and your lifestyle and whatever season you are going through. If you have children they are going to form a major part of the tasks you have to accomplish, as is having a pet. Whether you work full time out of the home, work from home or are retired, all these things will have a bearing on your morning and what will go into your morning routine.
How To Set Up A Morning Routine.
Well- in doing my research for writing this article, I have found tens if not hundreds of articles and blog posts about creating a morning routine!! Maybe you have too?
Get up earlier, drink a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it, exercise / yoga for at least 20 minutes, fill in your gratitude journal, look at your to-do list, prepare a healthy breakfast, wake the children, get everybody ready………… It goes on.
Make a list of everything you would like to get done in your new morning routine.
Create a blank timeline of your morning - backwards from leaving the house back to getting out of bed.
At a glance, is it going to be physically possible to fit everything you want to do onto that timeline? If not you have a choice to get up earlier and create more time in your morning, drop some things completely for now and look at introducing them if you still want to in a month or so’s time or move some of your list to the night before. In a previous DOCC Blog,