There’s a lot of buzz these days about the importance of establishing a morning
routine—and for good reason.
A morning routine can:
• Improve health and well-being
• Increase happiness
• Reduce stress
• Promote inner focus and calm
• Facilitate optimum productivity
…not to mention the fact that a good morning routine can set the tone for your
entire day. It’s the ultimate form of self-care because it’s your sacred time to
ensure your physical, mental, and spiritual needs are being prioritized and
How to Design Your Ideal Morning Routine
So what kind of morning routine can YOU create to set yourself up for your
most successful day? There’s really no one-size-fits-all when it comes to morning
routines. Your routine should be customized to you and your unique needs. To
figure out what your routine should look like, ask yourself the following questions:
• What fills me up?
• What gives me energy?
• What makes me happy?
• What makes me feel most prepared to take on the day?
Maybe reading fills you up, stretching for 15 minutes gives you energy, having a
snuggle session with your pet makes you happy, and reviewing your calendar and
to-do list make you feel most prepared to take on the day.
Or maybe meditating fills you up, your favourite green smoothie gives you energy,
having a clean kitchen makes you happy, and rocking out to an upbeat song
makes you feel most prepared to take on the day.
If you need help coming up with some ideas, here are 30 tips to consider incorporating into your morning routine:
Take a brisk walk
Call a loved one
Listen to an inspiring podcast
Set your intention for the day with an affirmation card
Create a ritual of gratitude
Go for a run
Listen to mood music
Down a glass of water with lemon
Make a cup of your favourite coffee or tea
Eat a healthy breakfast
Diffuse an energizing essential oil
Make your bed
Do a crossword puzzle
Read the paper
Tidy your living space
Snuggle your human or fur child
Write out your to-do list for the day
Have a dance party
Start a skincare regimen
Head to the gym or a workout class
Talk to your inner child
Set the timer and spend 30 minutes on a passion project
Take 3 minutes to do deep cleansing breaths
Once you’ve given some thought to what fills you up, gives you energy, makes
you happy, and prepares you to take on the day, use this to create the foundation
of your morning routine and commit to doing each one every single morning
before you start your day. Depending on how much time you have available, we
recommend allotting 30 – 60 minutes to performing these four actions.
To ensure you stick to your daily morning routine, I highly recommend writing
your routine down and posting it somewhere you’ll see it often. Download my free
morning routine worksheet to help you make your morning routine a cherished
daily habit and tap into your full potential.