Creating A Morning Routine That Works

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Do you start your day stressed, rushed, and overwhelmed? Maybe you need to create a morning ritual. It helps set the tone for a productive, calm, and overall more successful day.

I’ve found that when I do certain things right after I wake up, I feel a lot better during the day. Now, that’s not to say that everything goes perfectly and according to my plans, but when things do go off course, I handle them better because of some of the activities in my routine. I also feel more calm and ready for what the day will bring. I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel when I complete my routine and when I don’t.

Here’s what my morning routine looks like:

I usually wake up between 6 and 6:30 (I’ve always been an early riser), and I thank God for a new day. Then, I take Nailah (who’s usually still sleeping) with me to the kitchen so I can fix my breakfast: 2 whole grain waffles with peanut butter. I go back upstairs and sit in bed because, as I mentioned, Nailah is still sleeping most of the time. While I’m eating, I read a couple of devotions I have sent to my email, then read my affirmations, goals, and look at my Pinterest vision board (more on that in another post). I try to meditate before Nailah wakes up, but if I don’t get to, I wait until Chris (my husband) gets home, or I’ll wait until she takes a nap. That’s it. Simple, right?

You can, of course, create whatever routine works best for you, but a few things I suggest are:

  • Right when you wake up, feel excited and thankful for a new day (or at least try to).
  • Don’t pick up your phone and get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Meditate, if possible. If not, take a moment for a few deep breaths.
  • Read something inspirational, whether it’s part of a book, a blog post, a scripture, or a quote.
  • Read or recite affirmations so you set the tone for an amazing day.
  • Try to be consistent with it, no matter what. Admittedly, I have days when I don’t feel like doing my routine, but like I said earlier, my day just isn’t the same without it. But if you happen to skip something one day (or a few), don’t beat yourself up. Just get back to it the next morning.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

What does your morning routine consist of? Share below by leaving a comment!

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve had to fall off so many times to really honor and respect my routine. However, I like pillow talking with my love before he goes to work, then stretching (all while still in bed), working out (the type varies depending on mood, season, schedule, etc.), breakfast, shower, then working.

  2. Jamie, I love love love this! Your new focus on helping us de-stress is totally awesome and much needed. I have been writing about the dangers of not dealing with stress over on the Christian HomeSchool Mom’s blog. I let the other writers know about your new site, too. This has blessed me.

    My routine includes deep cleansing breaths, in the morning and throughout the day. It also includes prayer time alone and prayer time with family members early before we get busy about our days. We have missed some days, but we really consider this top priority and always get back on track.

    Love you, Sis!

    ~ Donna 🙂

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