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This month, we are doing a self-care challenge with the peaceful tribe, if you are not part of the group yet you can join us for free over here:
One important aspect of self-care is to create a morning routine. Why? Because every morning we are in a rush and barely take the time to breathe and unwind.
Seriously, do you really take the time to do your makeup and hair every morning? Or are you usually running to the shower, making a messy bun and throwing some mascara on your eyelashes?
You probably guessed which category I’m in.
I feel that I am running late every morning. Okay, I don’t feel it, I know it.
So today we are going to change this behavior.
The Benefits Of Having A Morning Routine
1. It Reduces Stress
Having a routine is going to help you do your things in the morning without thinking about it. And if you don’t think about it, well you don’t stress about it 🙂
Everything has a specific order and the more you do your routine, the more it will become automatic. You will move from one task to another.
Think about it: Every time you take your car, you automatically lock your car door without thinking about it. But when you first got a car you were always freaking out about forgetting to lock it. (At least I can tell you that I did, but now it’s just automatic, I don’t even stress about it because I know that my thumb is going to push the button on my keys without me thinking about it.)
2. You Will Gain Time
As we said earlier, knowing what needs to be done and in which order will help you to move from one task to another without thinking about it, therefore, you won’t waste time wondering about what to do next.
Should you walk the dog or should you take a shower first?
You will just know and this will help you to gain your time back in the morning. Meaning that you will be able to sleep 5 more minutes!
3. You Will Be Less Likely To Forget Something
I’m going to tell you the story that made me realized that my life needed to change.
Every morning, I used to wake up early and leave the house within 30-40 minutes to end up stuck in traffic for about an hour. You know how this feels right?
It was a nonstop stop and go, listening to the same songs over and over on the radio.
To tell you the truth, I was the first one coming at 8 in the morning (most of my coworkers are coming between 9:30 and 11 am). I was also the first one to leave in the evening to be stuck in traffic for another 40 minutes.
But one day, I arrived at work after being stuck in traffic for more than an hour and parked. As soon as I opened the door, I realized that my laptop was still at home.
And guess what? I cannot work without my laptop …
I don’t think I’ve ever been that mad at myself.
And do you know what was the worst?
It only took me 20 minutes to drive home! 20 MINUTES!
Obviously, I did what any person trying to stay sane would do, I contacted my team to let them know that I wasn’t feeling well and was going to work from home on that day.
No, I wasn’t feeling physically sick, but spending another hour stuck in traffic would have driven me insane and I wouldn’t have been productive at all for the whole day… You can say that I was going to be mentally sick.
Did something like this ever happen to you?
Anyway, all of this is to say that if I had a morning routine at the time, I am pretty sure that this wouldn’t have happened.
4. You Will Take Care Of Yourself
The morning is usually the only time of the day when we take care of ourselves. We add moisturizing cream to keep our skin soft, we add make up and look at our beautiful selves in the mirror, we select clothes and dress up, …
But let’s be honest: we are in a rush. You might have to take care of kids - or like me - end up rushing to your car to go to work.
What if you had the time to pamper yourself everyday? Would you like it?
Well, you can make it happen!
All you have to do is create a routine and spare some time for you!
Schedule a time to sit on your porch, feel the sun on your face and drink your coffee while the kids are still sleeping or before rushing to work.
How does this sound?
5. You Will Eat Healthier In The Morning
Since I’ve stopped rushing out of the house in the morning, I stopped eating in my car and started eating better.
You see, I knew I was going to be stuck in traffic so my breakfast was usually a packaged sweet snack, (with chocolate, obviously) that I would eat in 5 seconds to get my two hands back to steer the wheel.
Now I take the time to eat an organic gluten free muffin, and yes it is still with chocolate but at least it’s healthier than packaged snacks 😀
And I also have the time to drink chamomile tea to relax in the morning.
I have to tell you that I am happier now that I take the time for myself in the morning. Yes, I get home later at night but at least I have a good day 🙂
- How To Make The Best Of 2017
- 5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Diary
- 5 Reasons to Establish Morning Rituals + Our Own Rituals by Fresh Exchange
- Create a Mindful Morning to Inspire a Mindful Day by Rachael Kable
- 101 Self-Care Ideas by Ivory & Pine
Over To You
What is your morning routine? What do you like about it?
Share your morning routine in the comments to inspire others!