Last Updated on September 6, 2022
How many times have you read about the importance of having a morning routine, but then failed to actually create one that works for you?
I know…I’ve been there. It’s tough to try and fit a new habit into our lives, especially when it seems like we’re already so busy. But creating a peaceful morning routine is worth the effort, my friend.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss three things you need to do before you can even begin thinking about your healthy morning routine, as well as seven habits that will help make for peaceful mornings and productive, focused days.
Even if you’re not a morning person, take these suggestions to heart and you could surprise yourself!
Why Does a Morning Routine Even Matter?
A morning routine can be vital for setting the tone of your day. It’s a chance to slow down and start fresh, to set an intention for how you want the day to go.
When you take the time for yourself in the morning, it can help you feel more centered and less rushed as you tackle your to-do list.
Plus, starting the day with some peace and quiet can make all the difference, and help you feel calmer and more focused throughout the day.
So if you’re looking to create a more peaceful morning routine, here are a few tips to get you started.
3 Things to Consider Before Creating Your Peaceful Morning Routine
You’re not alone if you sometimes feel like you’re going through the motions of your morning routine without really enjoying it or feeling peaceful. But what if I told you that it is possible to create a healthy routine that works for you?
Here are three things to consider before you get started:
1. Be willing to change what you’re doing now
If you’re used to hitting snooze 10 times before getting out of bed or scrolling through social media as soon as your feet hit the floor, I’ll be honest. It’s going to take some effort to break those habits.
But remember, habits can be broken – and new ones can be formed. So if you’re committed to creating a peaceful morning routine, be willing to let go of some of your old routines.
2. Figure out what brings YOU peace
This will look different for everyone. There is no one AHA answer that will work for each individual.
Some people find peace in silence, while others find it in listening to music or reading a devotional. Take some time to experiment and see what works for you.
And don’t be afraid to mix things up from day to day – sometimes, our needs change, and so does our idea of what peace looks like.
3. Start small
Trying to overhaul your entire morning routine all at once is likely to end in frustration. So take things one step at a time.
Maybe start by adding 5 minutes of meditation to your routine, or setting your alarm just 5 minutes earlier than usual. Small changes can make a big difference – and they’re much easier to stick with long-term!
If you’re ready to create a peaceful morning routine that works for YOU, keep these three things in mind. With a little effort and experimentation, you’ll be on your way to starting each day feeling calm, connected, and grounded.
7 Habits of a Morning Routine That is Calm, Peaceful, and Intentional
1 | set your intention the night before
The first step to having a peaceful morning and creating a relaxing routine is to set your intention the night before.
One way to do this is to take a few minutes at the end of your day to plan for the next morning. Decide what you will wear, what you will eat for breakfast, and what your highest priority for the day will be.
This will help you to start the next day with a clear purpose. You may also want to set out your clothes or pack your lunch the night before so that you can avoid any last-minute rushing in the morning.
By taking a few simple steps to prepare for the next day, you can help ensure that you have a peaceful and productive start to your day.
2 | set the alarm clock 20 to 30 minutes earlier
Oh, and don’t hit snooze, please.
You might be thinking, “I don’t think I can do this!”
Yes, my friend, you can do this!
What if you could wake up each morning feeling rested and refreshed, with enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before starting your day? It’s possible, and it all starts with setting your alarm clock 20 to 30 minutes earlier.
That extra time gives you a chance to wake up slowly and begin your day on a peaceful note. You can use that time to meditate, do some gentle stretches, or simply sit in silence and enjoy the stillness of the morning. (We’ll discuss some of those things below)
And if you’re worried about not getting enough sleep, try going to bed a little earlier as well. Over time, you may find that you no longer need to set your alarm clock as early because you’re naturally waking up at a more restful hour.
So give it a try – you might be surprised at how much difference those extra 20 to 30 minutes can make in your day.
3 | quiet time first thing
One of the best things you can do for yourself first thing in the morning is to have some quiet time. This is time for you to do something that brings you peace and helps you to center yourself.
It might be meditation, prayer, reflection,scripture reading, journaling, or something else entirely. The important thing is that it is just for you and that it helps you to connect with your inner peace.
Even just 5 minutes of quiet time can make a big difference in how your day goes. Letting yourself have some peace and quiet first thing in the morning will set the tone for the rest of your day and help you to focus on what’s really important.
4 | drink water
Hydration is key to morning routines that work. Not only does it help to wake us up and get our bodies moving, but it also helps to flush out toxins and give our skin a healthy glow.
Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, and start your day with a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up. You can also add lemon or mint to your water for an extra boost of energy, or try herbal tea or green juice if you’re not a fan of plain water.
Either way, make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day so that you can feel your best.
5 | move your body
It’s important to get your body moving in the morning, even if it’s just for 15 or 20 minutes.
Exercise is good for our bodies and minds – it can help to reduce stress, improve our moods and mental health, increase our energy levels, and get the blood flow going. Choose any type of exercise that you enjoy and that fits with the rest of your morning routine as well as with any other family obligations you need to consider.
Whether it’s going for a walk (I walk indoors just about every day as part of my morning routine and I love it!), jogging, biking, yoga, stretching, a deep breathing exercise, or something else entirely, find something that gets you moving and stick with it.
6 | a good breakfast
It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give our bodies the fuel we need to start the day, but it also has an impact on our mood and mental state.
When we skip breakfast, we’re more likely to feel crabby and run down. But when we eat a nutritious breakfast, we’re setting ourselves up for a more productive and positive day. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that breakfast is part of our morning routine.
And not just any breakfast – a healthy breakfast that includes all the necessary nutrients our bodies need to function at their best.
So what should we be eating for breakfast? A bowl of oatmeal with fruit is always a good option. Or if you’re looking for something heartier, try eggs with toast and avocado.
Whatever you choose, make sure you’re getting some protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs to fuel your body and mind for the day ahead.
7 | love and gratitude
The final habit to help create a healthy routine is to start each day with a grateful heart.
Take a moment first thing in the morning to think about things you’re thankful for. It could be your bed, your health, your family, your job, or anything else that brings you joy.
Focusing on the positive as you start your day will help set the tone for a peaceful and productive day.
And don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. A simple “I love you” can go a long way in making both you and them feel good about the day ahead.
So start each day with gratitude and love, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a consistent healthy morning routine.
What Comes Next?
Now that you know the 7 habits to embrace for a peaceful morning routine, it’s time to put them into action!
Here’s how to get started:
1. Choose one or two of the habits to focus on at first. Trying to change everything at once is overwhelming and sets you up for failure. Rather, pick one or two things to focus on and slowly add in the others over time.
For example, if you want to start meditating in the morning, start by adding 5 minutes of meditation to your routine each day. Then, once you’re comfortable with that, you can add in another habit like journaling.
2. Make it real by putting it in writing. Once you’ve decided which habits you want to focus on, write them down somewhere where you’ll see them every day. This could be a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or a reminder in your phone calendar.
Having a visual reminder will help keep you accountable and on track.
3. Start small and build up gradually. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint! Rather than trying to do everything at once, start small and build up gradually.
For example, if you want to start exercising in the morning, begin with just 10 minutes of walking or gentle stretching. Then, over time, you can increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
4. Be forgiving with yourself. Change is hard and there will be days (or even weeks!) when you struggle to stick to your new routine. That’s OK! Just be patient and forgiving with yourself and keep going.
The more you practice these habits, the easier they’ll become.
5. Seek support from loved ones. Last but not least, don’t forget to ask for support from your loved ones as you embark on this journey.
Let them know what you’re trying to do and ask for their help in holding you accountable. Having a solid support system is crucial for success!
You’re here because you’ve acknowledged that something in your life needs to change – how you wake up in the morning and start your day.
Congrats to you for taking the first step of learning how to go about making positive changes in your life, my friend.
Now it’s time to take that first action step toward a healthy and, yes, peaceful morning routine. I know you can do it!