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Are mornings the hardest part of your day? They used to be for me until I developed the perfect morning routine for me. How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.
I have dabbled here and there with some sort of a morning routine over the years, but a few months into lock down and what little routine I had developed began to dwindle until it vanished altogether.
Apart from the global curfew, I had just started a new job and I struggled to ‘learn the ropes’. I found myself working many hours after my contract ended, and I became resentful.
I told myself I didn’t have time to journal, exercise, or do any of the practises I knew that had helped me in the past. What little fuel I had in me lasted until about a month after I started my new job, and I started to feel the pinch!
I was trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of wake up, work, eat, sleep, REPEAT, and it was not healthy. This led to a decline in my mental health.
Over the past couple of months I have been consistent with my morning routine and have noticed improvements in my mental health and also my productivity, and by productivity, I mean I saw an improvement in the quality and not necessarily quantity.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
“The moment you take 100 per cent responsibility for everything in your life is the same moment you claim your power to change anything in your life. “Hal Elrod
I was feeling overwhelmed, developed various aches and pains all over my body started to develop spots over my body, and a number of other signs of stress and sleep deprivation.
I decided enough is enough!
I reached out to a friend in desperation (and anyone else who would listen to me at that time, to be honest!), and she introduced me to The Miracle Morning: The Six Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM, a book written by Hal Elrod.
I was so desperate and stressed out, that I believed anything was better than what I had experienced in the preceding months.
Excitedly, I ordered my copy of the book, and secretly wondered how I was going to fit anything else into my day. I was apprehensive, yet convinced that this could just be the thing I needed to help me.
Having a morning routine allows you to set your intention for the day and puts you in control of the day, rather than your day and other events having control over you.
It can be the difference between having a peaceful and productive day, or feeling irritating and stressed out for the rest of the day.
The Miracle Morning
The Miracle Morning is a 6-step morning routine using what are called Life S.A.V.E.R.S.: silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing.
Silence. Start every morning with a period of purposeful silence. You could call this meditation or prayer. This is your time to connect with a Power greater than you.
Affirmations. These help purify your mind and program you to become confident and successful in everything that you do. Make the impossible, possible.
Visualisation. Close your eyes and imagine what you want to achieve as well as what you will need to do to achieve it.
Exercise. You can choose to do any type of exercise you wish as part of your morning routine.
Reading. Learn from other successful people who have already achieved what desire in your life. Reading stimulates your brain and boosts your creativity.
Scribing. Writing enables you to document your insights as well as any areas of opportunity
To create the levels of success you desire in every area of your life, you must first dedicate time each day to becoming the person you need to be. This is turn will qualify you to attract, create and sustain the levels of success you want.
The good news is that, even if you’re not a morning person, there are strategies you can use that can help you get energized, motivated, and looking forward to your day rather than wishing you could just go back to bed.
Your “morning” routine may happen at night. If you work night shifts, you could wake up an hour or two before you normally would, and have your “morning” routine then. The ultimate power is in fuelling yourself before you start your day.
Try the following tips to help you have the perfect morning routine:
Prepare for your morning the night before
To give you the best chance of success, prepare for your perfect morning the night before. The more intentional you are with this, the more successful your morning and the rest of the day is likely to be.
To help you devote more time to the following morning, ensure those mundane but essential tasks are done, to make your morning go more smoothly. For example, leave your keys in the same spot, pack your backpacks, and get your’s and anyone else’s clothes ready.
Hal Elrod includes links to powerful night time affirmations which you can recite the night before to prepare your mind and body for the next day.
Affirmations are so powerful to recite the night before because this would program your subconscious mind and help you to commit to waking up as planned.
Get adequate rest
The foundation to a good morning starts with getting the right amount of sleep. Going to sleep as early as you can is key to this. Adults are advised to get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
One thing Hal states in his book that I disagree with, is that the body requires 4-6 hours of sleep to function optimally. I attempted to do this when I first started following this routine, but after a few weeks, I started to feel unwell.
Sleep deprivation has no place in the perfect morning routine!
Wake up earlier in the morning
This becomes easier to do when you get a good night’s sleep.
Waking up earlier enables you to enjoy calm and peaceful moments during your morning routine.
Depending on where you are, you could watch the sunrise, listens to the birds, or even do both, while you enjoy your quiet time.
I joined Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning Community on Facebook, and I enjoy looking at the many sunrise photos that people share in the group.
Another great way to start your morning and set your self up for the rest of the day is to concentrate on the things that you’re thankful for in life.
An attitude of gratitude ensures that even if you in a happy mood, and the more you are grateful in your present situation, the more things and situations you will find to be grateful for.
Throughout the day I meditate on the things I am grateful for and every night I write in my gratitude journal (yes I write in the morning and at night), and I find it very therapeutic.
Wake up with a smile
Studies have shown that faking it until you make it can help you have a great day. Let’s face it, we are not always positivity and happiness. In life, things happen. But studies show that smiling (even when you don’t feel like it) releases brain chemicals that make you happier. This can help you have a more positive outlook throughout the day.
I’ve always been a smiler, but now, I smile extra cheesy while meditating and this just seems to make me feel better and also helps the rest of my morning and day go smoothly.
Smiling will help you transcend your worries!
So if you are having some trouble with fitting the perfect morning routine into your life, make your days easier and more productive with these strategies. You’ll be amazed at how prepared you will be for your miracle morning and how productive you will be throughout the day!
What do you do to prepare yourself for a productive day? What is your perfect morning routine?
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