About This Episode:
In this episode of “#WalkWithMe” I discuss the importance of turning habits into routines and then deconstruct my own personal morning routine to offer up some ideas on how to not just “get” through this time but help you “grow” from it.
Have a morning routine you feel is working for you right now? There’s a lot that we can’t control right now, but the good news is that there’s still things we can control—like the perspective we choose to take, how we spend our time and the habits we create.
A “habit” is something we do over and over again to where we automatically do it without thinking. A “routine” is a chain of habits in a specific sequence. Some psychologists call it “habit linking.”
I’ll break down my personal morning routine in the hopes it will inspire some ideas on how to customize your own daily routine.
- Wake up to an alarm clock (not a phone!) with a song I intentionally selected because it makes me feel a certain way.
- Say “Thank you for ____” and then I fill in the blanks.
- Get out of bed and get dressed. Only afterwards do I grab my phone in another room so that I don’t get stuck in bed scrolling through messages, emails and feeds.
- Take my supplements. This is a very important habit for me. Right now, I’m drinking keynotes and taking a combination of multivitamins, minerals, anti-aging supplements and essential oils.
- Go outside and exercise to get endorphins going.
- While exercising, I listen to something that grows me mentally, like a podcast or audiobook (I recommend the Audible app)
- Meditate and do some breathwork. I’m big into Transcendental Meditation (TM).
- Pray, as I believe in connecting to a higher source.
- Ask myself what my 3 intentions are for the day and what my 3 priorities are.
- Spend some time with my family.
- Shower and get ready for work.
The above might seem like a lot, but I’ve found that the more I do it, the faster it becomes. These things have worked for me; find things that work for you. Take those habits and link them together to create a routine. It might not just help you get through quarantine but it might make you better and healthier after.
What are things you’re currently doing or want to try for your morning routine?