How to create a mindful morning routine

May 13, 2020

One thing that has kept me a little more sane in quarantine is keeping with our routines. It's super easy to stay in jammies, never get out of bed, and just be lazy all day. Trying to balance work, Quinnie and my familys' sanity has required a lot more structure than I was initially prepared for.

It's taken us 8 1/2 weeks to find some version of a routine, but I think we're starting to figure it out a little bit. I've been working to create a routine in the morning that helps us set our day up a little better. My goal is that by creating to and sticking with a routine, it will make for a less stressful day.

Yesterday on This Girl Life, Whitney and I both broke down our morning routines and what helps us both set our days out on the right foot. Make sure to listen to our episode here! Whitney and I both shared our routines, and they are both different! You can read Whitney's post here on her blog, Positively Posie!

The best part about morning routines, is we each get to set our own for what we are looking for. For me, it's adding a little peace to my day. For some, it might be helping to accomplish a goal, reach a dream, plan for the future. Figure out you why, and I promise your routine will click. It will also make it easier to stick too.

Here's a little insight to what our mornings look like. Keep in mind, I'm a human, so my best intentions often go awry, but I think it's making a point to try to keep to this as much as I can.

1. 15 minutes of quiet. Listen, I am not one of those people that can wake up at 5:30am to sit and read with my coffee in the silence of my house. I require my sleep more than my quiet time.

But I have made it a point to try and sit for 15 minutes, because at this point in life, that is what I can manage. I'm currently working through She Reads Truth, The Romans study guide. What I love about this devotional is that each day they lay out 3 verses with room for notes. It allows me to sit, spend time in God's word, write out my prayer requests, write out my thoughts for the day, etc. Starting my day in God's word and with intentional prayer has been a game changer for me.

2. Do one thing for you. So often the morning starts and holy crap, I'm racing like a crazy person until I go to bed a night. Doing one thing for me in the AM, can be as simple enjoying my coffee, taking a quick shower, doing 15 minute yoga. As moms and wives, we are always doing something for someone else. We are constantly filling up other people's cups. And this one is about a small thing for YOU. And keep in mind, I'm not talking HUGE things, sometimes it can be as easy as a little extra creamer in your coffee.

3. Make Your Bed. I thank my mom for this part of my routine. I have been making my bed for as long as I can remember. For me, making my bed starts my day. It cleans up my room, makes things tidy, and is the official start to my day!

Naval Adm. William McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said the following about making your bed in his commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin:
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. 
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
4. Stretch. This has become part of my morning just since I got pregnant, so it's new! But it's incredible. My body is freaking sore these days and even a "good night" sleep has me waking up feeling like a 140 year old woman.

So, I stretch. I sit on my floor, while Quinnie sits with me and I stretch and holy moly guys, it helps so so much. I usually take about 10 minutes and it has helped tremendously with my pregnant aches and pains. Plus, as Whitney told me, there is some science behind moving your first thing in the morning and getting that blood flow to your muscles. Perk!

Listen to our TGL Episode here!

How do you guys start your mornings?


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