AD // I’m a big fan of a morning routine. I’m a morning person, I’m always more productive before 12pm and it’s definitely my favourite time of day. For that reason, I’m very sensitive to the things I do in the morning and how they have an impact on the rest of my day. Sometimes, I feel out of whack for the whole day when I’ve missed out a couple of items from my morning routine. If you want to experience the miracle morning, then this post will help!
Before we really get into the bulk of this post and how you can experience the miracle morning yourself, I just want to take a minute to say that I understand everyone’s lifestyles and routines are vastly different. What I can’t bare is reading posts about routines, with the claim that you HAVE to do the things mentioned otherwise your morning / evening will suck.
We’re all motivated by different things and have different needs. So what will work for me, might not work for you and that’s cool. Which is why I always reiterate that these are only suggestions of things that work for me; they’re worth a try but open to adaptation.
So, let’s get into talking about the miracle morning routine. More specifically, small things you can do to get your day off to an amazing start BEFORE you start work.
My morning routine might look a little different from yours as I permanently work from home. I also don’t have children. So the morning is very much MY time. Which is probably why I love it so much.
But regardless of your responsibilities, your job, your metaphorical children and a number of other things, the start of our day really can set the mood for the next 12 hours.
The time before you start work and jump into boss mode, productivity mode, employee mode (whatever the heck mode you spend your days in) is heckin’ important. And the cool thing is, that it can take such small changes and alterations to make such a big difference.
The miracle morning doesn’t have to all be about productivity either. I find the morning time a great space and time to really gather myself and tend to my mind, body and spirit.
So if you’re ready to create and experience the miracle morning in your own life, here are 10 suggestions of things that you should do before you start work!
Drink a glass of water
Let’s start simple, shall we? There are tons of surprising benefits of drinking water and drinking a glass first thing in the morning can be a great way to perk you up, rehydrate yourself and get yourself going. It’s a simple thing but carries a ton of positives. This is also the time I take my multivitamin supplements as well, to aid my health throughout the day!
Make yourself the best cup of tea
Or coffee. Or hot chocolate. Whatever your warm drink of choice. But be sure to really take your time with it. Be intentional about what you’re doing and start your day with this small, warm, loving act of self care for yourself.
Stretch your body
Some simple stretches really will do the trick here. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy and you certainly don’t need to get into a pretzel shape. But just stretching out from sleep will make you feel amazing. If you do have time and want to incorporate some Yoga into your routine before you start work, here are some posts you might find helpful:
- Yoga Essentials For Beginners: 6 Things To Start Your Journey
- 32 Yoga With Adriene Practices For Every Mood
- 8 Convincing Reasons To Start Yoga
If you only manage one small act of self care before you start work, I’d suggest this one. Tending to your skin and giving your skin some well needed love and attention in the morning after a night of sleep can really boost your mood and get you started for the day.
Reading is an important part of my life and I know that’s the same for a lot of other people who perhaps can’t find the time to read due to other commitments and responsibilities. And by the time you get into bed at night, you’re too wiped to pick up your book. In the morning before work can be a great time to get some reading in.
Related read: 6 Binge-Worthy Fiction Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List
Even if it’s not a book and you’d prefer to read a blog post or a magazine, you can fit some reading time in whilst you eat breakfast, drink your tea, on your commute or perhaps just 10 minutes before you get up in the morning.
TOP TIP: Don’t use this time to read news articles of scroll through social media. Read something that you know if going to motivate, inspire or lift you up.
I have a full guide on how to create your own affirmations and a HUGE affirmations bundle in my freebie library, which I’d highly recommend checking out if you’re interested in introducing affirmations into your miracle morning routine! The great thing about affirmations is they don’t need to take you long at all!
Do something small that you love
You might have already covered this point in something I’ve already suggested but I always find it important to do something small that I love before my working day starts. I like to practice Yoga and watch a little YouTube whilst I’m eating my breakfast. It’s those small things that perk me up before I sit down at my desk for the day.
Take a moment to be grateful
Whether this is in a gratitude journal or saying it out loud, there’s no right or wrong way to express gratitude. This is a particularly helpful thing to do if you feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed and tends to curb the bad mood before it gets any worse.
Journal or script your ideal day
This will depend on how much time you have. If you have the time and want to script out your entire day in detail – go for it! If not and you just have time to jot down a couple of gratitudes from the point above or how you feel this morning or perhaps what you dreamt about last night, that’s fine too.
Related read: How To Use Scripting To Manifest You Ideal Day
Tidy your space and water your plants
I can’t get on with my day until I know my space is tidy. I always tidy my bedroom and ensure my office is clean before I can fully get going. I also make sure my plants are watered. This is because this is your SPACE. And it deserves the respect that you give yourself. Your surroundings can seriously impact your mood and productivity; so don’t neglect this point if you can help it!
What things do you like to do before you start work in the morning? Do you do any of these? How does a morning routine impact your day? Let me know!
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Lovely post! I love having a glass of cold water then coffee! Wakes me right up. I’m a morning person too and am super productive in the morning before lunch so I make sure to use the time wisely 🙂 I love doing my skin care and washing my eyes really well haha or I’ll be sleepy! Thanks for sharing, Jenny xx
Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com
Yes me too! After lunch I always feel my energy and motivation going down!
These are fabulous suggestions. Some of them I will most certainly try: script your day, think happy thoughts…
Thank you 🙂 scripting is great!
I always stretch my body and drink a glass of water as soon as I get up. It does help to make my morning better 😀
It really does!
I love doing my skincare routine before going out anywhere and I always have a glass of water when I wake up also! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Yesss to both of those!
My absolute favourites thing before work is cuddle my dogs. It really is the most precious time and sets me up for a positive start to the day. I completely agree with a great cup of tea and skincare too!
Yesss I love that!
These are some great tips to begin the day well and with positivity. I am a big lover of a lie in (if my children allow) but often feel I should be doing something more productive with my days off! Maybe if I get into the habit of having more of a routine on my working days it may bleed into my days off!
I think a lie in definitely has its place!
I love these helpful tips and simple ways one can start the day in a positive mood! Avoiding the news is a definite must. I love waking up and doing a pilates routine; it gets the sleep out of me in a calm and intentional way. A cup of tea or a cold smoothie, depending on the weather, is also something I enjoy.
Thanks for sharing!
Love that – sounds like the perfect morning!
My morning routine is usually pretend to still be asleep and see if the baby will go back to sleep, which fails, then I kiss his face about 104295 times, then we get up, change his nappy and I get coffee haha.
That sounds wonderful!!!
I love the tip about including skincare! I have one of those small skincare fridges in my bathroom and putting on cold serum or moisturizer is so refreshing!
All are such good tips :- ) I don’t consider myself a morning person but lately I’ve been really enjoying mornings, especially going to the balcony for a bit and sipping my tea :- ) I like to listen to an audiobook or a podcast during breakfast to get some reading done and feel motivated :- )
Sounds like a lovely way to start the day!
Great post! I love the idea of a miracle morning, especially because I am not a morning person. I’m not sure I could pull all of those things off first thing in the morning, but I could definitely see how adding a few of them to my morning routine would make it so much better. Thanks for sharing!!
Don’t think you need to do all of them! Pick a few of your favourites 🙂
These are great points that are easy for someone to implement in their daily schedule. I am all about planning. So these ideas provide a nice support to my routine.
Thank you 🙂
When I am at work I normally just get up and go so a large part of your list I would not have time to do. But I ALWAYS drink a glass of water as soon as I get up. I find that if I don’t I just don’t feel right the rest of the day. Thanks for sharing your tips
I think those little things really help though!