7 simple morning routine ideas that can take your day from blah to brilliant

Does your morning routine need some work?

Having an effective morning routine is key to starting your day off on the right foot. But many people have no idea how important it is! It makes more of a difference than they realize.

We are creatures of habit, and we get stuck in behavior patterns very easily. What starts off as one lazy morning becomes a lifetime of issues with motivation.

That is why it is so important to grab a notepad for this one, and make the commitment that starting tomorrow you will make building a morning routine a priority.

I will admit, I am a work in progress as far as this goes. Especially since having kids, I’m not exactly what you would call a morning person. Sleep is so precious these days and the thought of getting out of bed and doing things is challenging.

Some days, I trudge to the kitchen in search of the nearest caffeine source, hoping the squeaky floorboard doesn’t wake the kids up.

So I totally get it. But it’s important, so let’s work on it together!

In this post, I am going to talk about why having a morning routine is so important, give you some easy morning routine ideas, and some morning affirmations you can try to keep you motivated.

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Why is having a morning routine so important?

Before we talk about what the perfect morning routine looks like, let’s start off by talking about why having a morning routine is so important. According to VeryWell Mind:

“Creating a morning routine is not focused on who can accomplish the most or check off more boxes than everyone else, it is about allowing yourself to begin your day with confidence, peace, and a positive attitude. Starting the day this way can allow us to effectively complete tasks and to handle things that come our way without constantly feeling stressed or overwhelmed.”

“Benefits of a Morning Routine”

Our mindset at the start of the day is very influential on our mindset throughout the day. Check out the other benefits the article describes below.

It’s good for your physical health

Stress is really really bad for your body. If you don’t believe me, researchers from Harvard say it can be as bad as secondhand smoke, according to the VeryWell Mind article I linked above! It creates life-long damage that can be hard to undo.

So, that is why it’s good to start off the day with a peaceful mindset. Having a morning routine can help you feel a sense of control before stress attacks.

It’s good for your emotional health

When we are disorganized and constantly in a rush, our mental health can suffer disastrous consequences. Like I’ve said before, our mind is a product of our environment.

If you can start your day in a consistent fashion, and don’t need to run out the door to work flying by the seat of your pants, it is easier to feel less anxious throughout the day.

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It helps your relationships

Ever notice how when you’re cranky the first people affected are your partner and kids? (Or others you spend a lot of time with.) When you are stressed, it definitely takes a toll on your relationships. It makes you lash out and, over time, you can burn a lot of bridges.

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It boosts your productivity

The VeryWell Mind article I linked above says, “The morning routine helps us set the tone for the day, better allowing us to control our schedules rather than our schedule controlling us. As we start each day fresh, we can better focus on what is in front of us, where to prioritize our time, and, ultimately, increase our productivity.”

It’s not about HOW much you get done. It’s more about doing things well and being intentional about how you are completing tasks.

It makes you more confident

Consistently using morning routine ideas in your day to day life reminds you that you are an awesome efficient person. You took the morning and made it yours, so who knows what else you can accomplish?

This helps to set a tone for the rest of your day, emotionally speaking, and productivity wise. Morning routines build confidence which is especially important for people with depression who are plagued by low self-esteem and self doubt.

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It can give you a better sense of peace.

I definitely feel a heck of a lot calmer if I don’t feel like I wasted half the day lying around doing nothing. That always leads to that “Oh crap, now I have to play catch up,” moment, and that’s never any fun.

As soon as you wake up, take a deep breath and get started on the morning routine ideas I will talk about below. Keep reading to find out what they are!

7 simple morning routine ideas

If you aren’t sure what sort of morning routine will work the best for you, give this one a try. See if it helps. You can always customize it later so it is more suited to your needs.

Practice positive affirmations

These are one of my favorite ways to start the day. I first tried them in grade school when my anxiety got so bad I didn’t want to go to school. My mom would sing a song with me that just said, “It’s going to be a great day. It’s going to be a great day.” (On repeat until I felt better.)

You can either say positive affirmations out loud, or you can write them in a journal. Journaling is a really great tool for mental health in general. So if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you click the image below to order one today!

You can start by saying or writing the following:

  • I am going to have a productive day.
  • I am not going to let stress get the best of me.
  • Today is going to be a fantastic one!
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Stretch or exercise for 20 minutes

Exercise is so beneficial for our minds and bodies. It boosts our moods and provides a myriad of other physical benefits, such as prolonging our lifespan.

I know that when you’re feeling depressed or anxious, the last thing you want to do is attempt a Zumba video. So just start where you are. Go outside and take a slow 20 minute walk around the block. Or heck, you can even pace around the house!

Any activity is better than nothing, so get up and get moving!

Drink 8oz of water

I will be the first to admit: I AM TERRIBLE ABOUT DRINKING WATER. There, I said it. But I am working on improving that because I know how important it is for our bodies to stay hydrated.

According to one article, there are 6 benefits of drinking tons of water. They are:

  • Prevents dry mouth, and even cavities
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Helps keep you cool
  • Benefits your muscles and joints
  • Good for your skin
  • Cleanses you, inside and out

Take a shower

Maybe TMI, but when I have a gross body odor situation, it just makes me feel worse throughout the day. I don’t know the science behind that. Might be related to self esteem. But when I start the day showered and freshly deodorant-ed, I just feel better!

It doesn’t have to be an 30 minute power wash. But spend 5 minutes conditioning your hair and using soap on your face and skin. It really doesn’t take too long to do a basically adequate job.

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Eat a healthy breakfast

Eating breakfast is one of the best things you can do to start your day the right way. There are physical benefits, but it also makes you feel like you accomplished something. And the healthier the breakfast, the better.

Try not to reach for a sugary donut or danish, and try one of these quick and easy breakfast ideas instead.

If you’re in a rush, you can toss a banana, some milk, and a couple handfuls of berries in a blender, and drink your breakfast on the go.

Do not go on social media

I know it’s tempting to check those notifications first thing, but social media (as well as the news headlines on there) can be really bad for your emotional health. Since you want to start the day off with peace and confidence, try not to scroll your Twitter feed until a little later in the day.

People who have chronic issues with anxiety and depression should do what they can to not overuse social media in general. It has been shown to affect your moods and self esteem. If you need to check notifications, try to ONLY check those, and not mindlessly scroll for an hour.

Set your intentions for the day

This is another place where your journal will come in handy. One thing I like to write in my journal is an intention for the day. I think these are slightly different than affirmations. Here’s why:

  • Positive affirmations are meant to change the way you view yourself and your life situations (and help you think more positively.)
  • Intentions are meant to change the way you ACT.

They are both really great to use in conjunction with one another. Start your day off by saying, “Today, I am going to check X, Y, and Z off my to-do list!”

Check out this video for more info on the benefits of setting intentions for the day:

A helpful morning routine checklist

Here is a checklist you can print off and keep by your bedside so that you don’t forget any of these steps. Remember, the perfect morning routine includes:

  • Practicing positive affirmations
  • Stretching or exercising for 20 minutes
  • Drinking 8oz of water
  • Taking a shower
  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Not going on social media
  • Setting intentions for the day
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10 morning affirmations to try

I wanted to share some examples of some helpful morning affirmations you can use to start your day. Feel free to share these to help inspire someone else!

  1. I am going to move through my day with confidence.
  2. My day is going to be full of productivity and inspiration.
  3. I am feeling energized and clear-minded.
  4. I am stress free and have a peaceful heart.
  5. My worries will not keep me from being productive and successful.
  6. I am more than my mental health issues.
  7. I will not let my moods determine how much I get done today.
  8. My mind is free from the jail of anxiety and depression.
  9. I am calm and I am taking the day one step at a time.
  10. I am strong and capable, and can achieve anything.

Start your day with one (or all!) of these, and really allow your heart to open itself up to the possibilities your day can bring.

Start your mornings off on the right foot.

Use these tips to make your morning routine as effective as possible. You read above why it’s so important. It helps set the pace for the entire day!

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Now that you read all of this, it is time to put it into action. So, set your alarm, do not hit snooze, and get to work.

Give yourself the structure your mind is craving with a morning routine.

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66 thoughts on “7 simple morning routine ideas that can take your day from blah to brilliant”

  1. I love these ideas for affirmations. I’ve never recited affirmations before but I’m always hearing people say how much of a difference it makes so I think I will try it tomorrow morning when I wake up!

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

    1. Can’t hurt to try, I always say. It might feel silly at first. I think that’s what holds a lot of people back initially from trying it. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

  2. it’s good routine , i already doing some of ideas , but i can improve my morning routine by add some new idea from your article , thank you for sharing good things can improve our life .

  3. These are great suggestions. I know for me I definitely need to make my bed, exercise, drink water, and stay off social media. The last one is hard for me. I need to be better about replacing the last one with reading my devotional.

  4. I think you’ve got some great tips here. Mornings can be kind of stressful. I have been doing pretty well lately with getting in to a routine. It’s been more difficult for the kids though.

  5. Thanks for all the info. I love a great morning routine. Cup of coffee, exercise, and chatting with my husband are some of my favorite. Need to be better about drinking water.

  6. I truly believe in having routines, especially at the start of day. It really helps set the tone and intention to what we want to achieve in the day. Thank you for the great tips Jen! πŸ™‚

  7. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I don’t usually have a morning routine, and the only thing I do constantly is to pray. The moment I get up, I pray – to give thanks for a new day, to ask for guidance and protection, and to praise God for his blessings. I should also try using affirmations. That seems to be a great way to start the day too.

  8. Water is a dear friend of mine. I try to get up, make my bed, and change. Then I have a short, ever-changing list of affirmations I read to help remind me to be mindful during the day. I also like to pull a couple tarot cards from my decks to get an idea of what might be ahead. πŸ™‚

  9. You have great points here! I hate it when my partner is cranky cuz it sets me off, so definitely our moods affect others and if we don’t start off the day right, that can affect our entire day and theirs! I like the idea of the early morning stretch, but I haven’t reached that point yet LOL Covid did not help!

  10. I am not a morning person, so basically if I’m left alone for a few hours, I’m good to go. I’m a parent though, and my husband thinks it’s necessary to talk my ear off first thing, so that rarely happens. I usually just take a bunch of deep breaths and try not to snap. By noon I’m usually okay!

    1. Haha, it’s funny you say that about your husband because we are the same way here! But my issue is at night when I’m trying to get some peace and quiet after a long day with the kids LOL. Thanks for reading!

  11. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have a morning routine I do every day. I find if I get the house straightened and get my shower in first thing, I am more productive for the day.

  12. Oh, I love how thorough this post is! You’ve literally covered every angle. I have a very simple morning routine, but even a simple routine is good for you. I stretch already in bed so that I stretch myself as long as I can before even getting up. Probably will do the same again when standing too. While my coffee is brewing I drink a glass of water. Drinking the coffee is a sacred moment for me, I will not negotiate on it! It includes lounging on the couch, probably scrolling social media with no hurry in the world. Only when the coffee is gone I get up and start my day. Can’t get much simpler than that but it’s worked for me for years πŸ™‚

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

  13. I love the checklist you provided for the morning routine. I perform all of these items each morning already, but I understand how difficult it is to implement them. Habits don’t form overnight and holding ourselves accountable is key. Your PDF will absolutely do that!

  14. During lockdown I’ve luckily had time to exercise in the morning, when typically I wouldn’t have available time like that. I try to make an effort to not get on socials but it’s a challenge! Thanks for sharing great advice πŸ™‚

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