How My Morning Routine Looks Like These Days

my morning routine

If you’re following my blog, you know that I’m all about morning routines.

Getting up early, having time for yourself and doing a few positive and healthy activities that are good for your body, mind and spirit, is a great way to kickstart your day and make the best of the rest of it.

I think everyone has felt the benefits of that.

The best way is to simply outline the morning of the average person – crawling out of bed at the last minute, checking social networks with one eye open, having no time for all the things he wants to do and getting out the door in a hurry (which results in forgetting something important like his keys) and the worst mood possible.

And compare it with that of a productive person – he gets up at least an hour earlier than he has to, has a ritual (meditation, reading, writing), a quick workout, time for a healthy breakfast and to drink his coffee in peace, checks (or makes) his to-do list and gets an idea of what he has to get done first.

So which morning do you prefer?

The answer is obvious.

We’d all like to experience the second one as it helps us feel productive before the day has actually started, gives us some quiet time for ourselves, we have time to do some pleasant activities and get energized and ready for the day.

But some sacrifices need to be made. Like developing the habit of getting up early, which also means going to bed earlier, and then trying out different things to find out what works best for us.
It takes time, willpower and dedication.

But if you manage to make it your priority and realize the long-term benefits it will have on your life, you’ll do it.

So here’s my latest morning routine (it changes, and I still haven’t mastered consistency, so I’m just sharing how it looks like these days):

Wake up.

Around 6 – 6:30.

I don’t like being in a hurry even when I’m doing stuff I don’t have to, so I make sure I have more than enough time (after all, all the time left can be used in more activities like these, or some creative work).

It’s hard for me to wake up and get out of bed early. It really is.

And most of the times, the best thing you can do is to simply do it. Without giving your mind time to think of excuses (there are many!) and without staying in bed for a few more minutes, as it gets even more comfortable there.

Make bed.

Do a few kicks.

It makes me warm – as it’s quite cold in the early hours – and gets me all pumped up.
I may even say that this is what actually wakes me up.

Meditate.

I turn on my laptop and put some meditation music on.

I sit down, start breathing deeply and consciously, and try to get rid of all thoughts and clear my mind. It’s quite hard as all unnecessary things about yesterday or the upcoming day just pop up.
So I try to focus on positive affirmations, and even repeat some of my goals.

I do that for a few minutes, at least 5.
The more, the better. But that’s still a habit I have difficulties with.

A workout.

Next on the list comes a 15-minute workout that includes stretching, some basic yoga moves, crunches, plank, squats, etc.

And this has nothing to do with whether or not I’ll have a gym session later in the day.

Cleanse face.

I wash my face with water, apply cleanser, then moisturizer.

I started doing that recently because I realized there were bacteria on it in the morning even after you’ve cleansed it the night before. Also, hydrating is crucial.

And it works great for me. My skin looks better.

I don’t think that’s something only women should do. It’s a basic procedure, we’re not talking about any special cosmetics here.

Protein breakfast.

What works best for me is two eggs. I add a carrot, and sometimes nuts to them. I also drink tea together with that.

I respect Tim Ferriss’s tip – take 30g. of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. I think it’s exactly what the body needs at that time to get the metabolism going.

Check email.

I do it during breakfast.

I check and answer all emails. I think we should all have this habit and do it in the morning, when there’s time to pay attention to everyone.

I also check my blog – reply to comments and see yesterday’s stats – and social media (but just take a quick look as now is not the time to be social).

Read something motivating.

There are so many blogs that I read, and so many topics I’m interested in (connected to self-improvement and blogging), that there’s always something great to read.

So I just choose the last thing I stumbled upon last night, or something from the archives of the blogs I’m currently following, and let it boost my motivation.

I try to go through just 1 post, as the goal now is to get inspired and ready to do some creative work, and be reminded of my objectives and what I want to achieve in the long-term.

Later in the day I read many more articles like these. But, for now, it’s just one.

Make coffee.

I think coffee should always be drank in peace.
So it fits perfectly in my morning routine just now.

Write.

I sit down at my laptop and start writing.

I eliminate all distractions, I even arrange some stuff around and put things back in their places if they aren’t, so that I can feel more comfortable.

I’ve found out that working for 60 or 90 minutes without a break (while drinking coffee and not thinking about anything else) works great. Many successful people do it, actually.
The brain can focus perfectly for 90 minutes, then it needs to rest for a while or switch to another task. And that’s definitely the case with me.

I aim at writing 2 or 3 posts (somehow each takes half an hour).

I’ve been trying that with a set time period, and word count, but this seems to be working fine as it combines both of these.

Review the to-do list.

I look at it (I’ve made it the night before.) and get a general idea of what I have to get done today. Also, I decide what’s more important and what to start with.

That’s it.

By this time it must be around 8:30 and I’ve done a lot.

It really feels great to have accomplished something in different areas before the day has begun and while other people are still in bed.

How does your morning routine look like?

See also:
How successful people start their day
Essential morning ritual components
How to develop a nurturing morning routine

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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity