The Morning Routine
Morning routines have become a popular wellness trend, advocated for their ability to enhance productivity and infuse more intention and gratitude into each day. Instead of waking up in a reactive mode, morning routines create an opportunity to pause, reflect, and ground ourselves. In a way, they are like a mini “holiday for the soul” that we get to experience within our day to day lives.
Smartphones have blurred the lines between our work and home life; there is no longer a clear division. Are we working from home, or living at work? Whether we are “on call” 24/7 or we work remotely, it is second nature to check our phones immediately upon waking. Even when it isn’t for work, we habitually grab our phones to scroll social media, keep up with the news, or chat with friends. The moment that we wake up, our orientation and attention is centered around something besides ourselves. Morning routines invite us to reorient our attention back onto ourselves and the present moment.
A morning routine doesn’t necessarily mean that your morning has to look completely different than it already does. Instead, it can simply include the addition of one or two intentional moments of self care. Below, we have laid out the building blocks of a morning routine that you can pick and choose from to help get you started.
1. Slow Movement
Slow, conscious movement helps to ground you and get you “out of your head” and into your body. Stretching helps to connect you to your body and drop into its parasympathetic state.
2. No Phone
Avoiding the use of your phone is one of the most transformative practices to implement into your morning routine. Using your phone immediately upon waking sets a tone of distraction for the remainder of your day.