It all started with a challenge to read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Fortunately, it was a quick read and highly motivating. With my husband recently retiring, I wanted to begin my mornings the way I always did before — quietly and with no distractions. The only way that was going to happen was to get up earlier than him. Yes, I had to head to bed earlier, but what a transformation to my attitude and productivity. Thus my morning routine emerged and has been ongoing for over one hundred days!
Last month, I looked at evening routines setting you up for amazing mornings. But do you have a healthy morning routine that elevates your whole day? Eloquently put by Dr. Stephanie Estima in her book, The Betty Body, “Having a morning routine is like putting on your favourite pair of jeans every day. It allows you to admire all that is great about you, calms your anxiety about any perceived flaws, and gives you the confidence to step into your day powerfully.” (p 131) Moreover, it is incredibly important to create a morning habit you can easily do most days and you want to do.
Everyone’s morning routine will be unique to them. Mine has evolved over the last couple of months, but consistency is proving solid. Ease and consistency on the keys to making your morning routine second nature. As I have explained before, for something to become second nature or a lifestyle practised, you make a decision — decide to make a uniquely-you morning routine — then you practice it repeatedly until the habit becomes a rhythm. You want to benefit from your morning routine, so you practise progress, not perfection.
Will things go sideways on some days? Of course. Will you skip it on other days? Of course. But your morning routine is yours to own. Your season of life will dictate what your mornings will look like for you. As Estima says, “Think of your morning ritual practice as a way to start your day with some kind of win, however small.” (p 135)
My Current Morning Routine
- Rise after 7.5-8 hours of sleep (yes, this starts with sleep hygiene)
- Water, feed and collect eggs from our hens and ducks
- Drink a cup or two of water to rehydrate
- Make a cup of coffee because I enjoy the taste not to wake me up
- Write in my gratitude journal to set my mind on positivity
- Read my Bible and pray
- Read a non-fiction book for 20 minutes (it’s amazing how many books you can read with this method)
- Move my body for 20+ minutes (usually, a morning walk to get sunshine and fresh air)
Start Your Morning Habit Right Where You Are At
Like I mentioned above, your season of life determines what will or will not work for you. My suggestion is to figure out what you want to accomplish most in your current life stage. I wanted to read the numerous non-fiction books I have accumulated over the years. I didn’t seem to have time to read, so I built this into my morning ritual/routine/habit. Now I am reading a minimum of twenty minutes daily, which has translated into at least one book per month. That means that I will have read 12-20 non-fiction books in 2021! Now that feels like progress towards my goal of being a lifelong learner.
Suggestions to Add to Your Morning
In The Betty Body, Dr. Stephanie suggests three basics to fit into your morning routine at some point — rehydration, movement, and cold showers. Yep, you read that correctly. These three choices have been shown to “help you look and feel younger, energize your cells, awaken your brain, lower inflammation, and develop cellular grit.” (p 135)
Do I practice these basics? Well, two of them — rehydration and movement. My morning routine is flexible to a point. I have a few things I have chosen to do everyday. Then I have a some things I add depending on how I’m feeling or what else is going on that day.
Dr. Stephanie does mention “there are books dedicated to waking up early and creating a stagnant, stringent morning routine no matter what.” (p. 134) Furthermore, Dr. Stephanie goes on to say “Except these books omit this one itty, bitty, tiny little detail: most of these rituals are practiced and preached by men.” (p. 134) Men don’t usually have a household to run, kids to get moving in the morning or meals like breakfast and/or lunch to prepare.
I did say I was challenged to read The Morning Miracle at the start of this post. I did find that some (okay, many) of Elrod’s suggestions would or could not work for me and how I tackle my day. Elrod uses the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. as his “six powerful, proven personal development practices” to put into action. (p. 70) SAVERS stands for silence, affirmation, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing (think journaling).
Elrod recommends that you align your personal goals and dreams with what you choose to put into your morning ritual. (p. 136) I selected of few of his SAVERS suggestions to incorporate into my morning rhythm — silence and scribing through Bible reading and prayer, reading through reading a non-fiction book for 20 minutes daily, and exercise through my morning walk or planned movement.
It’s Your Turn to Take Action
If this post was helpful, great. Decide today to put one action into your morning.
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Dr. Stephanie Estima, The Betty Body, Houndstooth Press, 2021.
Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning, London, UK: John Murray Learning, 2016.
Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before, Doubleday Canada, 2015.