How Do You Start Your Day?

Do you have a morning routine? 

I don't think I could get everything done I need to without mine! 

My routine is not always perfect but here's what I do...

I wake and get up at 6am most days. I drink water, shower and go downstairs.
I spend a few minutes in meditation - about 10 mins (I use the Calm app. Sometime a guided meditation but mainly a timed meditation)

I say out loud or read my affirmations for a few minutes - these are always related to my big goals. Sometimes I do this in the shower with the water running and nobody can hear me!

Then I visualise my big goals as if I've already achieved them - either in my mind with my eyes closed or by looking at my vision board and picking out one section to focus on.

I like to take my dog for a walk as early as I can when there are less dogs out and about because he's quite nervous (he's a rescue)
I then read or I'll listen to a book while out walking if I'm tight on time.

Finally, I write in my journal. I free write. I might write about what I'm grateful for or brain dump what's in my head or write out my goals to re-affirm them. It's different each time. 

The whole routine usually lasts around 90 minutes before my daughters and husband are up and the Chaos ensues! 

If I didn't make the time to get up before them I'd never get that time just for me at the start of each day. 

If you're thinking, 'Lynsay, I don't have 90 minutes!' Don't worry, you can still have a morning routine. You could pick a few things that are important to you and just spend 30 minutes in total on them. It'll still have the same effect of making you ready to own the day and feel in control.

If you think you're not a morning person, start small. Set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier for a few days then increase it to a further 15 minutes. 

At this time of year when it's really light in the morning it's much easier to wake up and start your day earlier. 

There are a few alarm apps you can download to help you - one of them you have to solve a maths problem before it will allow you to turn your alarm off! It's stops the snoozing!

You could also put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. 

I used to get up at 5am but I realised I just wasn't getting enough sleep as I wasn't prepared to be in bed asleep by 10pm. Now, I go to bed a little later so I have more time with my husband (he's a night owl!!) and wake up at 6am and it feels better for me.

The final thing I'll say about a good and effective morning routine is it needs to start the night before. Get to bed at a decent time so you get enough sleep. I like to plan the next day the night before and also write in my gratitude journal before I go to sleep. I then listen to an audio while I go to sleep. 

The important thing is to find what works for you. This is just one routine that works for me. It's all about experimenting and figuring out what works for you. 

Do you have a morning routine? What do you do? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.