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How to Create a Morning Routine

I am slowly transforming from a night-owl into a morning person. I used to dread any day that started before noon, but the older I get (and the more unrealistic that gets), I have begun to embrace the morning hours. This shift occurred when I started building a morning routine that I now look forward to at the start of each day.

The routine I’ve created for myself has truly enhanced my daily experience, making waking up early more and more pleasing. Just a few simple steps give my day a sense of structure and help me to be more intentional about how I want to feel for the rest of the day. So, I thought I would share my process, in case you’re looking for a way to get the most out of your mornings.

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Some of us have the luxury of leisurely mornings, and some of us are lucky if we’re able to finish our coffee before rushing into a hectic commute. I understand that all of our days are different, so I’ve shared my morning routine in steps that only require ten minutes of your time. If taking on this entire routine seems like too much, then I encourage you to simply pick one or two steps to practice and build from there. Let’s get started.

1.Wake with Gratitude 

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So simple, but so powerful. The moment you wake up, choose to fill your heart with gratitude. Say “thank you” (silently or out loud) before you get out of bed. I like to place my hands over my heart when I do this. Simply saying “thank you” puts you in positive space for the day. *Bonus tip: Smile while you do this step. 🙂

2. Make Your Bed

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At the risk of sounding like a parent, I’m going to go ahead and encourage you to make your bed every morning. Making your bed will give you a sense of control over your entire day! You had the time to make your bed, so you must be on top of things. It sounds silly, but it works! Don’t worry about being meticulous, just do your best and get that bed made before moving on to the next step.

3. Find the Light

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While you may not wake up with the sunrise, it’s still very beneficial to allow sunlight into your room as soon as possible after you wake. This will send signals to your brain that it’s time to start shaking off that sleepy feeling. Open your curtains and take a breath as the warm sun touches your face.

4.Choose a Scent

Choose a Scent for your Morning Routine

Choose a fragrance to pair with your morning routine. It could be lighting an incense, sage smudge,  or (my favorite) a stick of palo santo. Scents have a way of creating connections in our brains in a spectacular way. It’s the reason nutmeg smells like Christmas…and also why I sometimes smell Darius’s shirts when he isn’t around (shh, don’t tell him). Our brains are wired to react to smells.  Fill your room with the scent of your choice to help signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up.

Another option is to make a quick room spray with essential oil and filtered water. Just get yourself an amber spray bottle, fill it with purified water, and add a few drops of high-quality essential oil (about 8-10 drops should do the trick). Peppermint and orange are great options for a refreshing morning aroma.

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5.Choose a Beverage

The next step in my morning routine is to choose a beverage. Chances are this is already part of your morning. Some of us reach for coffee, while others may opt for tea or warm water with lemon.

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The key here is to enjoy your beverage with mindfulness. Once your cup is filled, hold it in both hands, and take a deep breath. Then take your first sip and allow yourself to be fully present, if only for that first sip. Bringing intention and presence to your morning beverage elevates it into a more meaningful part of your day.

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6. Choose a mantra

The third step in my morning process is to choose a mantra for the day. This step is very powerful in helping you to establish how you want your day to feel. You can repeat your mantra throughout the day when you need a little reminder. Some examples are:

Today is my lucky day.

Everything is working in my favor today.

All is well.

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Open up a fresh page in your journal and write your mantra. You can also write your mantra on your bathroom mirror with a whiteboard marker so that you can see it every day.  If you’re not a visual person, saying the mantra to yourself is just fine. It’s also totally acceptable to simply repeat your mantra to yourself while brushing your teeth. All is well.

7. Make a Morning Soundtrack

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All my music lovers out there might already know that rising to music is one of the easiest ways to set the tone for your day. Choose songs that are upbeat and can ease you into the day is a positive way. I listen to my soundtrack every morning, and sometimes I’ll continue listening in the car during my commute.

You can also look for pre-made playlists. Spotify (or whatever music service you use) has some great morning themed playlists to choose from. If a playlist seems like too much work, simply choose one song to be your theme song for the morning. Might I suggest, “Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles?


… and that’s it! With just a few easy steps, you’re on your way to a more meaningful morning. Let’s recap.

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Create a  Morning Routine:

  1. Awake with gratitude

  2. Make your bed

  3. Find the light

  4. Choose a scent

  5. Choose a beverage to enjoy mindfully 

  6. Choose your Mantra for the day

  7. Listen to your morning soundtrack

I’d love to hear how this morning routine works for you. Leave a comment and let me know! As always, thanks for reading.

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Xo,

Joi

44 Comments

  1. Okay, I feel peaceful just from reading this. I love these reminders. I’ve never thought to pick a scent, but I can see how that would be powerful. I also needed to be reminded to wake with gratitude…I’m working on my attitude and I’m going to try to practice this more. Great blog post!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and found it meaningful for you. The peppermint oil spray is a REALLY wonderful “wake up” scent. Of course, starting the day off with appreciation really does create the best kind of domino effect. 🙂

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    1. Don’t pressure yourself to have hotel quality bed-making skills, haha! Just do your best. You will feel the results. If nothing else, you accomplished making your bed for the day. I love that feeling and I bet you will too. 🙂

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  2. I really enjoyed this post. I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my morning routine! I start everyday with gratitude 🙏🏾 And meditation.

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  3. This was such a great post. I truly enjoyed it. I too have a morning routine. Ask me if I stick to it every morning however… Sigh. I like your idea of scent. I might try to incorporate that

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    1. Yes, I wanted to show some different options so that people could pick and choose the parts that fit into their mornings. I’m glad you found it useful! Xo

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  4. These are fantastic tips for starting the day off on the right foot. I enjoy using a diffuser with essential oils to create an uplifting aroma to start my day, usually something with citrus like grapefruit and wild orange. And of course coffee! Thank you for the brilliant post.

    Heather | http://www.heatherleguilloux.ca

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  5. I thought of a quote as I read your post. They say your first hour of your day sets the tone for your entire day. I’ve been thinking about that recently and how I can better my morning routine to set the tone for the rest of my day and this is has some great suggestions! Thank you!

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  6. what a beautiful post! I swear this was the zen post I’ve ever read! Loved it! my mornings are little chaotic most times lol I have two small children, but when I do manage to get out of bed before them, I feel like I can start the day much easier without the craziness–I get a head start on things they make difficult, like making breakfast, exercising etc lol.

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    1. Thank you so much. I can imagine that mornings with children is a much different experience than waking up on your own. Perhaps setting them up with their own simple routines could work. Maybe the three of you could do your mantras for the day together, for example. 🙂

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  7. This post came at a good time for me. I am currently trying to go to bed earlier so that I can wake up earlier. It honestly has not been working for me lately. But, I recently put the sleep reminder on my phone so I know how much time I have before I should be in bed. Fingers crossed this works. These tips that you gave on waking up in the morning will definitely help me. Especially letting sunlight into the room and the morning mantra! I also always make my bed in the morning! It makes my room feel so much more organized.

    Great post!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading. Going to bed earlier is something I’m still working on as well. It’s the night owl in me that refuses to go away! Letting light in truly does help with feeling refreshed. Bonus points if you can step outside for a moment. Making the bed is key!! xo

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  8. I am definitely stealing some of your tips, especially making the bed and choosing a scent. I already have my morning coffee each day with my morning soundtrack that I listen to on the way to work.

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  9. These are some great tips for the morning routine. I get up so early in the morning for work, sometimes I’m just on the go to get to work and I don’t give myself time. Also these are some tips I can expose my clients too. Thanks xoxo

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    1. Hi John! I’m glad you find these tips helpful. If your mornings are rushed, just pick one step to practice. Something like choosing and mantra for the day might be a great place to start. Xo!!

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    1. Thanks for reading! I can feel the difference when I allow time for a more intentional start to the day versus just rushing out the door. Major difference! 🙂

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