The benefits of a morning routine are frequently lauded by some of the world’s most successful people and there’s a good reason for it. Morning routines can be the fuel for successful, fulfilling, productive days. They can set the tone for what’s to come, laying the foundations of focus, clarity and calm before the chaos of the day unfolds, ultimately helping you move closer towards your goals. Starting your day with positive, health-enhancing habits also kickstarts a self-fulfilling cycle of habit stacking.
Try it for yourself, simply start with one of the simple practices below and watch yourself instinctively do the next act of self-care. Over time it could change your life.
1. Find a moment of stillness
The first moments of the day are precious and help get your mind ready for what’s to come. So, instead of reaching for your phone and getting lost in a world of TikTok and Instagram, find a moment of quiet and reflection. Whether that’s a quick morning meditation, a few pages of a daily journal or simply sitting quietly with a cup of tea or coffee, find a few moments of stillness before the day unfolds. It’ll help reduce stress, improve focus and mental clarity, and set a peaceful tone for the day ahead.
2. Set your goals and intentions
We all have goals and ambitions that we’re working towards, but these longer-term focuses often get lost during a busy day. So, using your morning routine to check in with your intentions, what you want to accomplish, what you’re grateful for, and what you want to work on, can be very powerful for moving you forwards, creating a daily check-in.
with Holly Husler
Using visualisations and a healing sound bath, this intention setting meditation practice with Holly Husler invites you to focus on what you need today and creates a deep sense of calm. Read More
with Roxie Nafousi
Join manifesting guru and Sunday Times bestselling author, Roxie Nafousi, in this powerful and inspiring manifesting meditation. Read More
3. Stretch & move your body
Exercise is the foundation of both your energy and your mood. It’s easy to think that just 10-minutes won’t make a difference, but it’s proven to improve your health, helping you feel more awake, alert and ready to-go for the day ahead. So, add a few minutes of morning movement into your daily routine. It doesn’t need to be vigorous exercise, even a few minutes of gentle stretching will make a difference.
with Ella Mills
Ella takes you through this easy energising 20-minute flow, the perfect class for first thing in the morning or when you've been sat at your desk for too long.Read More
with Ella Mills
Perfect if you are pressed for time and just need to wiggle it out to feel energised and ready to make the most of your morning.Read More
with Cordelia Simpson
Tune in to the feelings and sensations of your body this morning and just see what you need. Stretch out your back, wake up your body and gently get your energy moving.Read More
4. Think about nourishing and hydrating your body
After (hopefully) a long night’s sleep your body needs water and fuel to kickstart your metabolism and get your energy levels up for the day ahead. So, factor water and healthy whole foods into your morning routine. Think ‘hydrate before you caffeinate’ and packing your breakfast with healthy fats, plant proteins and wholegrains.
5. Embrace consistency
As with all healthy habits, the more you follow through, the more impactful those habits will be. If you want to make a change in your life, you must change your habits and actions. So, try sticking to the routine as much as you can, even on weekends. Our brains also love consistency, so the more you practice, the easier it’ll become to follow through on your morning routine, until one day you can’t image life without it and those healthy habits will become ingrained in your day-to-day.
There’s no one-size-fits all when it comes to morning routines, so try a few different classes and recipes, and see what works best for you. What aligns most with your values and nurtures your well-being. It’s all about emphasising self-care, nourishment and mindfulness in a way that sets you up for a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling day.