A good morning routine has the ability to clear you mind, minimise stress and set you up for the day ahead. There has been a lot of research into building good habits and the mental health benefits you can gain. Everyone’s ideal morning routine will be different and it’s important to experiment with what works for you.
Hal Elrod, an American author developed the six-step “Miracle Morning” routine after picking what he thought was the best advice and habits from his research and his own experience. He recommends that you spend 10 minutes on each, a total of one hour out of your morning, to dramatically improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
It is easier to start your day and make better decisions on a clear mind. One way of doing this is meditation.
Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. Meditation is also said to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, and even increased pain tolerance(1).
If you’re new to meditating there are many apps and podcasts you can use to guide you.
Positive self-talk is a powerful tool to use, and many successful people use affirmations to start their day. Affirmations are not only for manifesting a specific goal. They’re meant to encourage a life filled with positivity and gratitude
Your affirmations should be brief phrases that you can repeat as needed that are designed to provoke positive thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Some examples of positive affirmations include:
I choose to live above negativity by letting go of negative thoughts and feelings.
I accept and love myself for who I am.
I am strong, resilient, and brave.
The process of visualisation involves imagining exactly what you want to achieve and then mentally rehearsing the things you’ll need to do to get there. Our mind does not know the difference between what is physically real and what is vividly imagined.
Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Joe Dispenza have been studying this field for over 35 years. Their research conclusively indicates that our minds, our thoughts, and our subconscious beliefs have a direct effect on our body and our environment(3).
There are many ways you can do this. You can visualise yourself succeeding at your goals, create a vision board or picture a happy memory from your past. Although it may be challenging at first, the more you practice the more natural it will become.
You don’t need to spend an hour at the gym every morning to complete this step, and it doesn’t need to cost anything. You could try yoga, light stretching or a short walk. The point here is just to get your blood flowing a bit and help wake up your mind and body so you can be alert and gain a bit of energy.
When you exercise in the morning–even if it’s just for a few minutes–it significantly increases your energy, improves your health, boosts your self-confidence and emotional wellness, and helps you be able to focus and concentrate better.
Try Power Through after your workout or light exercise to help your body cool down and relax/
Reading positive ideas and thoughts will help you improve yourself. Make sure you’re enjoying what you’re reading and learning something from it as well.
And even if you just have time to read a few pages, all of those snippets of information will compound over time and eventually add up to a lot more knowledge than it may seem like you’re taking in each day.
Some positive books/poetry to consider:
Good Vibes Good Life, Lex King
Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
(i.e. Write in your journal.)
Many personal development experts claim that writing down your thoughts has a huge impact on your wellbeing. How you choose to write is up to you, but Elrod offers a few recommendations.
Reflect on the past and write about how far you’ve come
Do a brain dump and record even your craziest ideas
Record your thoughts and feelings about recent events
If these six steps seem like a lot to include in your morning, completing small tasks like making your bed, drinking a pint of water or avoiding your phone for an hour can also all help to settle your mind.
Although these may feel like chores, these are deceptively simple and tiny ways to make yourself feel good. The reasons are manifold: It goes a long way in making your space (and mind) less cluttered.
In an oft-repeated quote, retired Navy admiral William H. McRaven once said, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”