Creating the best morning routine is actually all about the simple things. It’s resetting your mindset so you can find the motivation to be your best self. When you wake up, do these 11 things to feel good:

1. Morning Pages: Write what thoughts come to you first thing in the morning through free writing, no editing or holding back. This is a type of journaling you can do as soon as you wake up.

2. Drink a Glass of Water: According to Healthline, drinking water “affects energy levels and brain function.” It helps you perform better, too.

3. Be Mindful in Each Movement: As you brush your teeth or eat your breakfast, really focus on only that. Really focus on the present moment as you do each action and let that guide your day.

4. Set Goals for the Day: Create a schedule. Decide your priorities. Mindtools says to create SMART Goals which stands for:

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time Bound

When you start your day with SMART goals, you find yourself thinking about what task is most important and urgent and which ones you can be flexible about. It’s about working smarter, not harder.

5.Exercise: Get a morning workout in to ground yourself, such as yoga. You can find a great morning workout here: 20 Minute Morning Yoga Workout For Busy Moms – note you don’t have to be a busy mom to do this but if you’re always on the go, it’s a nice one to start with for anyone with a hectic schedule. There are many more on YouTube, or you can join a class!

6. Good Morning Gratitude List: Find things you are grateful for before you start your day so you can appreciate them more. Balance Through Simplicity says that a morning gratitude list can be something you do within the first five minutes of waking up, which makes it “difficult to have a bad day.” It helps you stay emotionally regulated and in control of your emotions all day. You keep perspective. You influence others to have a better day, too. You prioritize better. You find patterns of things you are grateful for each day and take note of them.

7. Set an Intention for the Day: Goodnet suggests that in creating an intention for the day, you start with a mantra. A mantra is something positive you say to tune out the negative. You become so focused on this positive and powerful statement that you manifest the results from it. You make it a better day, a better life if you start each day with an intention. Share it with friends and let others help you. Verbalize it so you can hear your mantra out loud. Write it down, meditate on it, ask for what you want and then release expectations. An example might be, “I will be here now.” This mantra can keep you mindful all day. Keep reminding yourself of it as the day goes on. You can do affirmations, such as found in I AM Morning Affirmations for Women.

8. Put on Some Music. As you get ready for your day, find some songs that you like and listen to them. Dance around in your kitchen! You can even create your morning playlists each day and have a routine where you get energized from it. I love “Friends” by Justin Bieber, and I am not ashamed of that! Put on what you like, even if someone else goes, “Really?” It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you dance to life’s music and find yourself lost in its tunes.

9. Meditate: So, you want the day to go right? Get your mind right. Stop and focus on your breathing, taking deep breaths. Ground yourself by focusing on the present and your five senses. Become an observer not a judge to any thoughts or emotions that come up. You can do this as long as you need. There’s no such thing as meditating too much. Try Guided Morning Meditation for ten minutes to start your day. In it, she creates a mantra for you to be open to life.

10. Get Motivated: It’s time to start your day with some motivation. Denzel Washington has a great talk on how he became successful. Watch it here. Find what motivates you and recharge yourself every day with it. That can be a sermon, a TED talk, a motivational video, a book or anything that helps you.

11. Collect Quotes: Here are some quotes to motivate you to start your day:

    • “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
    • “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington
    • “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller
    • “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
    • “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln
    • “Hold the vision, trust the process.” – Unknown
    • “One day or day one. You decide.” – Unknown

Even if you just do one of these things, you will have a better morning. Your day will become brighter. You will welcome it more heartily and happily. Each day is a gift. What will you do with it?

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