How to create a mindful mornin

How to create a mindful morning routine and get the most out of your day

Over the years, I’ve realised that how you start your morning can really impact your day. For me, a crazy start means a sleepless night the night before, as I try to create structure in my head.

How to create a mindful mornin

Creating a more mindful start to your day can radically change how you interact with others, how much you manage to accomplish, and how you feel at the end of a day.

Highly successful people mostly follow a similar set of guidelines for their mindfulness routine:

1. Prepare the night before

I like to plan for the morning the night before. This means prepping the coffee machine so that I only have to press the ON button before I jump into the shower, and efficiently using the limited time I have available to me. Plan tomorrow on paper tonight (or on an app). I use SWIPES app for my to do list, and I use my Mac or Gmail calendar to have a rough idea of what the day holds. Once I am sure of this, I work backwards on what time my alarm needs to go off in order to give me the most relaxed start to the day.

2. Never hit the snooze button

The snooze button is the thief of productivity, as it makes you feel tired before your day has begun. Set one alarm and get up when it goes off! (No matter how much self-talk you have to do).

3. Exercise – don’t ask your body, as it will almost always say no!

Getting that serotonin going early in the morning will help set you up for an awesome day. It will wake up your body and your brain and you’ll feel energised. You might fit in a walk or a run before you need to leave the house, or it might be just a few stretches before your shower.

4. Meditate and start slowly

If your morning is anything like mine, it is impossible to do both exercise and meditate. You need around 15-20 minutes for the meditation to be effective. Sometimes, exercising can double as meditation. Find what works for you.

5. Don’t eat a sugary breakfast

Avoid sugar in your tea and coffee and beware of the hidden sugars in breakfast cereals. The idea is to put good things into your body so that it functions at its best for you! Check out the LCHF (low carb, healthy fat) lifestyle blogs for more info on cutting out sugar and carbs.

6. Practise gratitude

I usually do this every evening when I’m lying in bed and list 5 things I am grateful for. Watch how this changes your mood.

7. Avoid technology for as long as possible

Getting caught on your phone too early can mean that you de-prioritise your daily goals as you become immersed in the small day-to-day things, instead of the bigger picture.

Starting the morning out right may help you feel less stressed and more focused so you may be able to accomplish more tasks throughout the day.

This article originally featured on the Get The Edge blog. 

The author is the founder of the ‘magic’ PhysioEdge magnesium massage gel, designed for muscle performance and recovery (