What the heck is a magical morning routine and how do we create one? A magical morning routine is a way to start out the day feeling really amazing! You already have a morning routine (your daily morning habits) whether you call it a that or not, the question is whether or not it’s a productive morning routine and setting your day up for success or failure.
Maybe you hit the snooze button a couple times before stumbling out of bed and making your way to the coffee machine. Or you might hop out of bed at 5 am like the energizer bunny and put on your running shoes. Major props from me if you are that person (I am not), you’re my hero and I want to be you when I grow up.
The thing about morning routines is that they set the mood for the day. They can set you up to be optimistic and happy or… not.
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A Magical Morning Routine is Simple and Flexible
Now a magical morning routine isn’t meant to be complicated or have a lot of rules. It should be simple and enjoyable. You might already have a structured morning work routine, this is meant to be the flexible warm up to that. It’s going to get your head and spirit into a place that feels great.
If you set up “rules” for your magical morning routine you’re creating the expectation that these rules must be followed and you can’t be happy unless you do.
You can experiment and change it up everyday, the goal is just to create a little magic in your life that carries into the day.
All magic is simply a shift in perception.
This is more about creating the feeling of happiness than the specific things you do.
Ideas to Try in Your Morning Routine
Create a Joyful Environment
Lets be real, if the first thing you see when you open your eyes in the morning is a hot mess in you’re bedroom you’re going to feel stressed out. That is not the best way to start the day, I know this from experience!
Make your space someplace where you feel peaceful and inspired. Fill it only with things that are beautiful to you and spark joy. Make your bed cozy with soft sheets and pretty throw pillows. Pin up strings of fairy lights. Get a pretty vase and put flowers in it. Put some plants in there if you know how to keep them alive (or get some fake ones).
If you need some inspiration Pinterest is the place to find it. I have 2 home decor boards if you’d like to check them out:
Once you have your physical space in shape it’s time to try some different things and see what resonates with you.
There can’t be enough said about the importance of gratitude. Appreciate what you have right now. Many of us are guilty of thinking “I’ll be happy when…” When I lose 10 pounds, have a million dollars, get my dream job, etc. But we all know that are plenty of people who have those things and still aren’t happy. Don’t wait to be happy, don’t put conditions on it.
Write down 5-10 things you’re grateful for each morning, say them out loud, tell them to your partner or pet, or think of them while you make breakfast. Put your journal right next to your coffee cup so that you remember to write in it as you drink your morning coffee, tea, or just water.
Some mornings while I’m still in bed I’ll close my eyes and think of a few things I’m grateful. Number one is always being safe throughout the night!
Meditation is hands down one of the best things you can do for yourself, and the science supports that. Studies have shown that it actually changes your brain.
In a 2011 study Sara Lazar and her Harvard team found that after eight weeks of meditation there was less cell volume in the amygdala, where you feel fear and anxiety. In contrast there was more volume in the hippocampus where emotions are regulated, which suggests meditation helps you deal with emotions and stress better. People with depression and PTSD had less hippocampus volume.
Here are just some of the benefits of meditation:
- Increased focus and concentration.
- Improved memory.
- Decreased stress and anxiety.
- Manages depression.
- Better regulation of emotions.
- Increased cognitive skills.
- Improved GPAs in students.
It sounds like it’s worth a try, right? For free resources check out apps like Calm, Headspace, and 10% Happier. Also check out Youtube for thousands of free videos.
Set Your Intentions
Take a few moments to set your intentions for the day. That doesn’t necessarily mean making a to do list, though that’s ok to do, but decide how you want to feel through the day. What is your attitude going to be when challenges pop up? Will you handle them with grace or will you get tense and stressed? Can you decide now that you will treat yourself and others with kindness? Decide that whatever comes you’ll make the best of the day.
Feed Your Brain
Read an educational book for 10 minutes or listen to a podcast while you get ready. I made a list of The 10 Best Self Help Books for Personal Development that you should definitely check out. Learning shouldn’t stop at high school or college, it’s so important that we continue to increase our knowledge throughout our entire lives.
Listen to Music
The right music can put you in the best mood! Make a morning playlist full of songs that get you pumped and listen to it while you get ready for the day.
Move Your Body
We all know we’re supposed to do some form of exercise at least 3-5 days a week. Getting your workout done in the morning feels so good because then you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. If you aren’t able to workout first thing in the morning that’s ok! Remember these are all just suggestions.
I hope this post gives you all the tools you need to create a magical morning routine that will have you feeling amazing all day! Remember you have to be consistent to see results. If you need help integrating these things into your morning check out my posts on How to Create Habits and How to Achieve Goals by Changing Your Environment.
Love and light.