There are two types of people in life: those who press snooze 10 times and wish they could sleep for an extra few hours and those who wake up feeling energized ready to take on the day. The majority of people find mornings challenging, especially before their matcha or cup of coffee. It’s important to create a good morning routine to set yourself to have a great day. Morning routines help create stability in your life.

We all have good and bad days. However, if you create a consistent morning routine, you might find yourself still feeling great even after a tough day. The first thing to think about when it comes to your morning routine and waking up is, “What is your motivation to wake up every morning?” Finding your motivation is the key to creating a consistent morning routine. Always start with the why.

Every person’s morning routine is going to look different. It’s not about what your routine is exactly or what time you get up in the morning, it’s about finding what works for you and sticking to it. A morning routine creates a strong foundation for you at the start of each day and it should make you feel good. The first step to creating a healthy morning routine is to take some time to think about it and write it down.

My Morning Routine:

  • 6:30 to 7 am — Wake up and immediately wash my face, brush my teeth, and floss. This ritual helps me wake up right away instead of laying in bed and checking my phone etc.
  • 7:15 am — Prepare my celery juice and coffee.
  • 7:30 am — Drink my celery juice, stretch, and look at my vision board.
  • 7:45 am — Drink my coffee, write in my gratitude journal for 5 minutes, and then respond to important emails.
  • 8:15 am — Head to the gym. Listen to a positive podcast while working out.
  • 9:15 am — Shower and head to the office.

I found that exercising and making time for myself in the morning really set the right tone to a great day for me. Exercising really helps me stay motivated and positive. It also feels great to accomplish it first thing in the am. Taking some time for myself in the morning also helps me feel centered throughout the day. I think about what is important to me by looking at my vision board.

I also practice daily gratitude with the gratitude journal. It’s so simple, but life changing. You write down 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that will make your day a positive one, and a positive affirmation. There are several studies out there that show how writing down what you are grateful for can positively impact your life.

If you do decide to create a morning routine, it’s important to figure out what is important to you. You might have to test out a few options to figure out what is the best fit. Take the time to really find out what will make your days happier and more productive while creating your morning routine. You won’t regret it.

Here are 8 simple morning routine upgrades you can test out:

  • Wake up 20 minutes earlier to add some time to yourself first thing in the am.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Try including movement like stretching in the morning.
  • Try change your alarm clock to something pleasant. It will make waking up more enjoyable.
  • Avoid looking at your phone until after you have done a few things for yourself.
  • Write down 1 thing you are grateful for.
  • Choose a podcast or relaxing music for your commute.
  • Make a priority list for the day before you check emails.