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In today’s post, I am going to be sharing the morning routine that has completely changed my life and made mornings something for me to look forward to.
Crazy, I know.
Alright, so a bit of a backstory on my previous morning routines.
During workdays, I usually used to wake up around 5:30am, get ready in record time and be out of the house by 6:10 at the latest.
If you’re wondering what kind of a profession has me going to work that early, it’s teaching. Where I live, students start coming to school at 7:00am, which means I have to be at work earlier than most professions.
The morning routine I used to have was: Wake up, brush teeth and wash face, get changed, put on makeup, and most mornings, get Starbucks on the way to work.
This was the morning routine I had for years. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it… until I stumbled upon the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
I’ve become slightly obsessed with personal development books, and The Miracle Morning seemed like it was right up my alley.
The Miracle Morning is all about a few select steps that, if taken by you each morning, can transform your life and set your day up for success before 8:00am. The author claims to have changed the lives of millions of people, so I figured I’d try it as well.
Note: My miracle morning is a little bit different than in the book, but some of the steps are the same. If you’d like to purchase The Miracle Morning, you can do so by clicking here.
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The Morning Routine That Changed My Life
Step 1- Getting up way early
This may seem extreme, but instead of waking up around 30 minutes before I need to be out of the house, I have added a whole hour on top of that.
Yes, I now have an hour and 30 minutes to get ready.
The reason why is because that’s how long it takes me to go through my morning routine.
If you think that’s nuts, don’t worry. So did I, until I tried it out for myself.
It’s not to say that I do a million things in the morning and need that much time, but simply because I now do things much slower and actually enjoy my mornings.
I found that the longer it takes my body to wake up, the more relaxed I am throughout the day.
You guys, hurried stress is a THING.
You can certainly have a shorter morning routine than this, however, after testing a few differently timed routines, this one was the best fit for me.
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Step 2- Waking my body up
As soon as my alarm rings, I get out of bed and head to the bathroom. The snooze button is the devil, and if I hit snooze, it will take me that much longer to wake up. So I don’t snooze anymore.
If you are looking for a jolt-free alarm to wake you up in the morning, consider getting a sunrise alarm clock! This type of alarm clock is going to wake you up slower, giving your body a more natural way of waking up.
When we wake up from a night’s sleep, our bodies are super dehydrated. Drink your water in the morning, guys. You know it’s important.
Not only does water taste amazing first thing in the morning, but it is also proven that drinking water when we first wake up helps wake us up. Score.
10 Healthy Morning Habits
Step 3: Coffee, journaling, meditation
I never used to drink coffee at home in the mornings. I “didn’t have time”. Now, I have time to make it and wait for it to cool down before I can drink it.
While I wait for my coffee to cool, I get my gratitude journal out and write things I’m grateful for, set an intention for the day, and read from a list of affirmations I have written down.
You might be thinking, “This is ridiculous, and I don’t have time for this”. A few months ago I would have agreed with you. I also thought it was useless and a waste of time.
What I have learned since then, though, is that the way you start your day is probably how your day will flow.
Whenever I repeat affirmations in the morning and write what I’m grateful for, I am immediately put in a great mood and my days are just… better. Taking that time in the mornings to work on my mindset has been one of the best things I’ve done in a long time.
I also listen to a guided meditation during this time, which is something I’d never done before in my life.
I’m still a bit rusty with meditation, so if you have any tips for me on how to become better at it, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Step 4: “Work out”
There’s a reason this is in quotation marks, haha.
I don’t do cardio or weightlifting in the morning, or anything else that’s as extreme.
My work out consists of stretching, a few yoga poses, and maybe a plank or situps. Basically, I do whatever I’m in the mood for that morning that will just wake me up more. Because that’s what movement does. It helps our bodies fully wake up.
If you like to run a few miles in the morning or hit the gym, more power to you. I like to stick with my lazy-girl workouts.
Step 5: Listen to a podcast/audiobook while I change
I used to listen to music in the mornings before. I LOVE music, and still listen to it constantly, but not in the mornings. My mornings have become all about mindset and I absolutely love it.
I mainly listen to motivating podcasts, or ones by female entrepreneurs. Here is a list of some of the podcasts I listen to. I wrote this post ages ago and have since subscribed to a crapload more podcasts, some of which you can find in this post right here.
If I’m not listening to a podcast, I’m listening to an audiobook. Right now I am listening to Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. If you love self-made-millionnaire-lady-entrepreneur books, you’ll love this one.
Step 6: Reading
Hal Elrod recommends reading in the morning. I must say, reading in the morning when you’re alert is such a different experience to reading in the evening before bed. While I love falling asleep to a good book, reading in the morning is something I’ve been enjoying lately.
How much I read depends on how I’m feeling about reading that particular day. Some days I read a blog post I find useful, other times I read a couple pages from a motivational book. It just depends.
Step 7: Make food and head out
This step is not in The Morning Miracle book, but it’s one I made up on my own.
Remember how I said that most mornings I would get Starbucks on the way to work? That is now not a regular occurrence.
Because I have more time now, I can actually make good, nutritious food at home without having to spend $10 for a sandwich. I’m fueling my body AND my bank account, and it feels awesome.
I then double-check that I have everything I need for the day, and make my way out!
So there you have it! My own miracle morning routine that literally changed my life.
I also want to point out that as “perfect” as this seems in writing, some days I just don’t feel like doing all this. Or any of it, for that matter. I’m human, so sometimes I oversleep and have to rush a bit, and I definitely don’t do this at the weekends.