A morning routine is not just for people who love structure or doing the same thing day in and day out. Having a good routine sets the tone for the rest of your day and has been shown to help people be successful in work and in life. If you are someone who struggles in the morning to get into a consistent routine, try to get your day started on a better note with the following tips and tricks.
Why it Matters
You may be asking yourself why you should bother worrying about your morning routine. If you get up every day, make your bed, take a shower, brush your teeth, and eat breakfast, that should logically be enough. There is more to a morning than just getting out of bed and hitting the ground running. The people who are most successful at hitting their goals each day are typically those who have a set routine when they rise that helps set the tone for their day, week, and even months ahead. A healthy routine will support having a clearer focus on the day and support less stress overall. When you get enough sleep, you are more likely to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to hit the pavement. Since good habits build on themselves, you are more likely to gain momentum for those long range goals if you start your day off with a good routine. Some ways you may be sabotaging your morning:
- Eating quickly (and poorly) without thinking about it
- Hitting snooze or sleeping in due to staying up too late or being on electronics
- Not addressing stress with mindfulness each evening
Instead of approaching your mornings like this, try to create more space for a healthy routine that will help set you up for success.
Taking time out of your day to practice gratitude sets the tone for how you feel throughout the days and weeks ahead in recovery. People who are grateful spend more time focused on what is going right, rather than what is going wrong. When each day is filled with opportunity, rather than distraction and lack of opportunity, you are more able to set your intentions for what’s ahead. Start by setting yourself up for success with mindfulness and meditation to kickstart your day.
People who get moving and exercise early are more likely to feel better throughout the day. Exercise first thing can boost your metabolism and keep it building throughout the day. Your body can actually burn calories all day, even at rest, when you exercise early in the morning. To break a sweat, try:
- Getting in a quick jog
- Do some yoga that gets your heart rate up
- Take public transportation, when possible, to work, or park further away to get in extra steps and exercise
One of the best ways to start your day off right is by not checking email or getting into ‘work’ before you have done your ‘work’ of taking care of yourself. If you don’t set your intentions right, your whole days, weeks, and months ahead can be a challenge to hit those goals in recovery. Set your morning routine to be more consistent and focused on the right things to avoid losing track of what you hope to achieve for your life.
Recovery is more than just one intention or one idea. It is a series of good decisions that help you build on the last ones to create a lasting recovery. It is difficult to do the journey alone, which is why The Last Resort is here to come alongside you. We provide a safe space to learn about addiction, heal your past, and work towards a better future. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.