6 Essential Morning Rituals to Jump Start Your Day

Can I tell you a secret? I used to be a morning person. Going to college, getting married, having children (especially with all the late-night ups and downs for each kid) has made me into a “not-morning” person. But I’m trying to change that in my life. Why? Because mornings are so vital to our success.

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I use to feel like my mornings were out of control and after experimenting and figuring out what makes a successful morning, I have come up with 6 essential morning rituals that will allow you to jump start your day. If you stay committed, I know it’ll be a game changer.

6 Essential Morning Rituals to Jump Start Your Day

1. Wake Early

Stay with me on this one, I know it’s not my favorite either…but the concept is true. If you want to have a successful morning you need to wake up early. As I was writing “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family” I decided I didn’t want to take time away from the children. They needed their mother and frankly, I needed them too.

So, I decided that 4 a.m. would become my new friend. Do you know how hard it was to get up that early!? I’m sure you do! Let me tell you, I was not a fan.

But I knew if I wanted to accomplish this goal and write a book that I had to wake up early. This took some serious practice. I will be the first to admit some mornings I would need a break and I chose not to wake up early. Those mornings were the worst for meeting my goals.

Decide for yourself what is feasible and realistic. Please make sure your body gets the rest you need. The key is to have time for yourself before the rush of the day begins.

2. Make Your Bed

This is an overlooked and often unpracticed idea. Make your bed. You might not see the effects of what you are doing in the morning, but when nighttime comes you will feel more relaxed. And it’s important to feel relaxed because at bedtime you’ll be able to fall asleep faster and be rested for the next morning.

3. Pray/Meditate

Take time to pray or meditate after making your bed. Find a secluded spot where no disturbances will find you in those first waking moments. You don’t have to say a long prayer, but set aside at least 10-15 minutes and use what you feel is appropriate for yourself.

I will be the first to admit this is another challenging habit to get into because once you’re awake you want to start the day and go-go-go!

Don’t! Take the time to slow down and reflect, think of your blessings, brainstorm ideas on how to overcome your challenges, and dedicate yourself to your goals and what you desire to accomplish for yourself and your family.

4. Create a List

Create a list of all that you would like to have accomplished for that specific day. You can create a list on a sheet of paper or even a planner – do what is best for you with what resources you have in your life. After writing everything down and clearing your brain from all that’s rolling around, prioritize the list from most important to least important.

Keep the list out in the open and begin to cross your tasks off as you go throughout the day. At the end of the day look through all that you were able to do and weren’t able to accomplish. For those tasks, you weren’t able to accomplish, set the list aside so you can decide the next morning if you want to add them to your list for that day.

5. Food

After making a list of all the tasks you’d like to accomplish, sit down and eat some food. You need to take care of yourself just as well as those you take care of in your life. I completely understand, once the children wake up and they get going for their day life can become really hectic. Make sure you take care of you so you can serve those you love.

If you feel the need to eat your breakfast, drink your coffee or hot chocolate and write your morning list at the same time – do it! I completely understand the need to multitask and I found myself on several mornings doing the exact same. Just be careful not to spill your food and drink on your list.

6. Stay Committed

There is a common myth in psychology that tells us it takes 21 days to form or change a habit. Let me say again, this is a myth. The key to success in these morning rituals is staying committed to them. Don’t feel the need to wake up at 5 or 6 a.m. every morning. Take Sundays or another day of the week to give yourself time to sleep in a little.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t wake early Sunday mornings, this is my rest day. My husband and I allow our children to decide when the wake-up time will be. This allows us extra time to rest and reflect.

As you decide on your early morning wake up time, make your bed, pray and reflect on your blessings, write what you want to accomplish that day, get a good breakfast in your body, and commit yourself to these new morning rituals that you will have successful mornings.

I know it’ll be hard, but I promise it’s worth it. Hang in there, do your best, and when you don’t succeed for the day, extend grace to yourself and try again.

Do you have any tips on how to successfully wake up early in the morning? Leave a comment and let us know.

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