Are you tired of wrestling with the snooze button and sagging energy all day? Do you feel more reactive than proactive and overwhelmed with the demands of daily life? You’re not alone! We live in a go, go, go, world, with constant demands on our attention and energy. Our schedules are more packed than ever…even in a pandemic. (learn how to do better in Sacred Grounds Podcast episode 11) If you want to level up your life, it starts with your morning routine.
Sleep can easily be left off your priority list, because you are the only one who takes a hit for it. At least it seems that way. But there is a cost. If you don’t take back control of your days, over time, you will begin to neglect the very habits and self-care that you know make you feel your best. I’ve been there! But you don’t have to! There is a better way.
Dream with me…
Imagine your BEST day. You’re rested, focused, centered and confident about life.
What kind of thoughts are you focusing on?
What quality of choices do you make throughout the day?
How do you feel in body, mind and spirit?
It’s all possible…and it starts with your morning routine. When you start your day with focusing on your values, intentions, and priority needs, you will feel more confident, calm and centered. That means…better mood, better choices, better quality of life!
Sounds great, but how do I make this happen?
First, identify your priority needs – physical, emotional/mental, and spiritual. What do you know you need in order to feel your best? Some examples are: at least 7 hours of sleep, balanced meals at the ready, time alone, time together, prayer, Bible study, worship, a brisk walk or a good sweat. What are your basic priority needs?
Second, set a consistent bedtime and wake time…even on the weekends. Studies have shown that a consistent sleep schedule has incredible healing properties as sleep is where the magic happens! Aim for a window of time each night to wind-down and get to bed. Set your alarm for 5 minutes earlier than usual and practice no-snoozing. Studies have also shown that hitting the snooze and dozing off for the few extra minutes actually makes you feel more groggy and tired. As Mel Robbins says in her book, The 5 Second Rule, “5,4,3,2,1 it!” Count yourself down like a rocket lift-off and get out of that bed by the time you hit 1.
Third, set aside the first part of your day for your priority needs. One easy way to structure your routine, without feeling overwhelmed, is the 20:20:20 rule, from Robin Sharma’s book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life. The idea is to break one hour into three, 20-minute segments for body, mind and spirit. For example, 20 minutes on movement, 20 minutes of journaling or learning, and 20 minutes of prayer or meditation. The time and the order is not as important as being intentional to tend to your needs. When you make a commitment to yourself and keep it, you’ve already won for the day!
Here’s what my morning routine looks like:
- Prayer and devotional with hubby
- Journaling, review goals & schedule for the day
- Movement – walk the dog and/or do a 30 minute workout
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