Now that you know I wake up at 4:20 and start my healthy morning routine around 4:30 on most mornings, are you curious about what I actually do? If you haven’t read my last post, which describes why and how to develop a healthy morning routine, you’ll want to head over there first. In today’s post, I’ll share the 10 habits that make up my current morning routine, as well as any resources that will help if you want to include these things in your morning routine, too!
- Reading positive quotes. The very first thing I do after taking care of my hygiene is read two quotes from positive tear-off calendars (I have this one and this one at home, and this one in my office. As I mentioned in my previous post, I like to force positive thoughts into my head, so I don’t even get the chance to think any negative ones in the morning. It’s the reason that the top of The Pepper Planner has one of my favorite quotes for each day!
- Walking Maverick with positive music. Sometimes, my dog stays in his bed while my husband is still sleeping, and sometimes, he wakes up with me. Whenever he wakes up, his first walk of the day is dedicated to listening to positive music (here is my playlist). This helps me feel energized and happy, and the walk gets my blood flowing.
- Exercise. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I work out at 5:30am; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5am, Fridays at 6am, Saturdays at 8am, and Sundays may be rest days or may be variable timing. So, my workouts happen at various times during my morning routine, but I make it a point to move my body every day, and think it’s most beneficial for stress-relief and energy if done in the morning. Curious about how to build a workout routine? Here are my best tips!
- Meditation. I always used to be one of those people who thought I just wasn’t cut out to meditate. I have a monkey mind, a hamster wheel constantly turning, have struggled with anxiety for years, am constantly thinking about my to do list … all things that don’t seem to add up to mental serenity. But that only means I need meditation more. Meditation isn’t something you can or cannot do; it is truly a practice, and once I realized that, I realized that meditation could add so much to my every day life. I am going to write a post on meditation soon, but here are a few resources to help you out now. If you’re just beginning, I recommend starting with Headspace or Calm (both free-to-start apps that help you establish a practice of meditation), and if you’ve been meditating for a while, I love my Muse headband, which measures brain waves and gives you biofeedback to help you achieve a meditative state.
- Gratitude / reflection. The benefits of gratitude are enormous (I talk more about them here), and having a daily gratitude journal for over 5 years has been one of my most impactful habits. Of course, there is a space in my Pepper Planner to guide my reflection, but this could take any form for you – a post-it note, a few minutes in prayer, or anything else that helps you appreciate the positive things in your life.
- Affirmations. I know – many of you are rolling your eyes, and I did, too, when I heard about affirmations. Rather than thinking of Stuart Smalley, or some of those cheesy “I am a billionaire!” affirmations, think about affirmations as a way to remind you of your goals and priorities every single day. I write new affirmations at the beginning of each calendar year, based on what I want to achieve and where I want to spend my energy that year. Reading them every day helps me remember what is truly important, and helps all the other nagging thoughts and to dos seem less important. Here is my blog post on how to write affirmations, if you want more.
- Reading. I spend 10 minutes each morning reading a nutrition, wellness, business, or personal development book (and have two other scheduled chunks of time on weekends when I read, as well). I love reading, and it’s a habit that makes me feel that I am making time for what is important to me and what makes me happy. It doesn’t hurt that it helps me advance my business and serve my clients even better! I’m currently reading The Urban Monk, but obviously, this varies over time.
- Education. As I’m driving home from my workout, taking Maverick for a second walk, and / or getting ready for the day after a shower, I listen to Darren Daily, Brian Johnson, and / or a TED Talk. The amount of time I spend here depends on the day, but I always get in at least a few minutes of additional motivation and education.
- Planning my day. Before diving into email, I take just one more minute to review my day and my priorities, and center myself before the deluge of client requests hits my brain. Again, this is about entering the day feeling empowered and energized, and controlling my schedule, rather than letting it control me.
- Supplements. I start my day with apple cider vinegar, L-glutamine, and a big handful of other supplements before drinking my coffee (with collagen and Nutpods!) and eating my breakfast. Curious about my current supplements? The 10 supplements I take currently are in this blog post.
With these 10 habits that make up my healthy morning routine, I’m ready to tackle anything the day throws at me feeling grounded, confident, energized, and grateful. It may seem like a lot, but again – if you build on it over time, I’m confident that you’ll be amazed by the benefits. If you’re just starting out, I can’t recommend The Pepper Planner any more highly – it will walk you through every step and keep you accountable to your own morning routine!
Now it’s your turn … Have you tried any of the habits that make up my healthy morning routine? Do you have a healthy morning routine of your own? If so, what do you do, and what benefits have you experienced?