Mornings are a mad dash to get out the door during the school year. Showers are quick, breakfasts are scant, and backpacks are unorganized. There are many reasons for a rushed morning (late nights, the snooze button, your roommate who takes a 25 minute shower). No matter the cause, the result is a frazzled and thoughtless start to the day. The morning is your opportunity to set yourself up for an organized and mindful day. Take advantage of this time before class and work by developing a routine that supports your daily success. Here are five reasons to have a morning routine.
- The most important reason to have a morning routine is the stress factor. Any steps you can take to reduce the amount of stress in your life is essential. Knowing that you will have time to do everything you need to do will help you relax and move through your morning thoughtfully.
- You will have time to focus on your self-care. Most of us don’t realize it, but the time we take preparing for the day is a form of self-care. Brushing your teeth, taking a shower, applying facial lotion are small ways that you take care of yourself. Slowing down in the morning will help you enjoy them.
- Breakfast! Whether you have a meal plan or you buy your own groceries, a morning routine will help you eat a substantial breakfast. That bagel you grabbed before running to class won’t keep you full because it doesn’t have any protein. If you make the time to stop and eat breakfast, you’ll be able to turn that bagel into an egg sandwich (which will certainly keep you full).
- Morning routines act as a way to cleanse yourself of the day before. While yesterday might not have been bad, you don’t want to carry that baggage around. Spend time in the morning preparing for the day ahead and focusing your energy on the “now.”
- Moving through a series of actions is proactive. A morning routine will help you start your day on a positive and productive note.
Moving away from the mess of a rushed morning can actually be quite hard. Here are some tips to get started.
- Wake up earlier! Getting up before 8 AM when class starts at 9:30 AM might seem totally fine. Giving yourself an extra half hour, though, might give you the time to make breakfast or drink coffee.
- Prepare the night before. If your backpack and outfit are ready to go when you wake up, you can devote more time to take care of yourself and making sure you’re mentally ready for the day.
- Wrote out your plan and tap it up on your wall. Seeing your routine will remind you of what you need to do and will encourage you to stick to it.
Finally, you might be asking, “what is a morning routine??” The truth is, this will look different for everyone and depends on the type of life you live. The key is that the actions take place in the same order and around the same time every day. Here are some things your morning routine might include.
- Going to the gym or just going outside for a quick walk or jog
- Drinking coffee
- Reading, watching, or listening to the news
- Making and eating breakfast
- Stretching or practicing yoga
- Walking your dog
- Making a “to-do” list or writing in your planner