Morning routine

In my last post I talked about creating a routine, specifically a bedtime routine, so now I’m going to continue with telling you about our morning routine.

She is starting to do her nightly feedings pretty much the same times, but since they sometimes change from night to night it’s not super easy to set a time to wake up, yet. But almost! I’m aiming for 8 and usually it suits her schedule, at least close to it. So in the mornings, this is what we do.

  • Get ready
    Unless she is really hungry already, then I do her routine before mine. But if I wake up on time and she’s calm, especially if Odi’s awake and can have his cuddle time. I get ready,
    – I do my skincare routine
    – I change my clothes and,
    – Move my stuff to the living room
  • Change
    I change her diaper and her clothes, either I do after I’ve gotten ready, or Odi does while I get ready.
  • Eat
    I always make sure I get something to eat by this time. Something more proper than the snacks I eat at night. Something to eat while I feed her, a yoghurt or oatmeal usually.
  • Feeding
    I feed her while I eat my breakfast and after I’ve eaten I either read, not necessarily something for personal development but fiction or I watch my series. My baby girl eats for about an hour so I have time, and I need to, do things at the same time haha.
  • Morning walk
    I have only been doing this for a few days, and it’s still kind of tough since it’s soooo warm. So the mornings are better since it’s not as warm, and also to make sure I actually get out and moving.
  • Journal
    The one thing that I have kept doing during this whole time when I have had other things to focus on than my morning routine. It’s important for me to journal every day, to get my thoughts in order, or at least somewhat in order.

Of course it’s not always easy to stick to a routine with a baby, sometimes we have to change and follow her schedule. When that happens I make sure to still do all the same things but maybe in a different order and some days it just takes a long time to get all of it done!

I feel so much better having a routine to follow, or at least a routine to work towards, and with time I will include more things for myself, like meditation. But I also need to give myself a break and take it one step at a time.

Examples for creating a morning routine that works for you

So for me a morning routine is very important. I feel a huge difference when I have done my morning routine and when I have not. It’s setting a tone for the rest of the day.

I have had a few different routines, and there are so many different versions. What’s important is to create a routine that works for you and that doesn’t feel like a chore but feels like something that makes you feel good.

I like to start off with something clean. To wake me up and make me feel fresh

  • A proper skincare routine
  • Wash your face with cold water
  • A shower
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Then I like to do a quick stretch session, I have tired to do the full on yoga session or a long walk, but the morning is just not the right time for that for me. I do think it’s important to do some sort of movement.

  • Take a walk
  • Go to the gym
  • Go for a run
  • Do some exercises at home
  • A full on yoga session
  • Stretching

I try to start my day in silence in general, no music, or podcasts, or tv, just silence. It makes me feel calm. I have listened to music and podcasts and motivational videos but for me the silence is what I need. Get some space in your mind, calm those rushing thoughts. Give yourself a break.

  • Meditation
  • Praying
  • Breathing
  • Calming music

Writing. Journaling. Now this is my favorite one. I could not be without it. For me journaling is like organizing my thoughts and mind. I have an amazing planner that I fill out every morning and night, but also just a notebook where I write freely. I make sure to write down what is happening in my head, gratitude and visualization.

  • Gratitude list
  • Visualize
  • Journaling
  • Reflections
  • Affirmations
  • Goals
  • To do’s for the day
  • Morning motivation video (example here)

Other things that I think are important for my mornings are

  • Get up on time, no stress
  • Have a good breakfast
  • Enjoy my cup of coffee
  • Cuddle with my pups
  • Get dressed and ready
  • Air out the bedroom (especially important when one is allergic like me)
  • Reading

I wish I could make the bed in the morning, but I need to air out properly for some time before I can do that. The last point on the list here is not really true for me yet. I really want to incorporate reading into my morning routine, but I’m not quite there with the time I have.

What are your best tips on how to create a good morning routine?
What are the routines that are the most important to you?
Do you believe that starting your day in a good way changes the rest of your day?

8 things I do every morning to start my day in a great way

I have touched this subject a little while talking about
1. Handling pregnancy hormones
2.Working through body issues

I value my personal growth very highly and keep it a part of my daily habits. One of my biggest missions, even bigger now since finding out I’m gonna become a mother, is to be the best possible version of myself and also to be as happy as I can possibly be. And I think those two go together.

So what does this actually mean? There are so many things out there that you can or should be doing and let’s face it, if we would follow all the advice out there we just wouldn’t have time for anything else. So I think it’s important to make sure you do what works for you. Working on yourself shouldn’t feel like a must.

For me it’s very important to start every day in the best possible way. I mean, how the day starts will just set the tone for the rest of the day. So my morning routine looks like this
1. I get up so that I have lots of time before I head to class. A stressful morning will just follow me for the entire day.
2. Skincare routine, always using my skincare device which does the job in 2 minutes. Even more important with pregnancy skin…
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3. Stretching. This has also become more important to me with the pregnancy, since my back usually hurt in the morning and I just feel more stiff. Since I started doing my 5-min morning yoga I feel a lot better.
4. Meditation. I use an app like headspace or inside timer, or I find something on youtube. About 10-15 min of guided meditation. This has really changed so much for me. For finding my calm and being more present.

5. Visualization. Now how you wanna do this is completely up to you. I have done my visualization in a few different ways. Writing for example. Lately I have found another way though. I start a strong song or meditation music and close my eyes and then I visualize my future, my dreams, myself reaching my goals, my family living in our dream house, visualizing where you are, and who you’re with when reaching your goals and living your dream.
6. Journaling. I write, my feelings and thought in general, what’s going on inside me at the moment. I also write down to-do’s and ideas, and I fill out my daily greatness journal I’m completely in love with this planner, it has weekly planning, 90-day goals, daily schedule, gratitude and
7. Breakfast. I always make sure I have time for a good breakfast. Of course this also got more important since I got pregnant, but I do think it’s important either way. I always do oatmeal with soy milk and blue berries, and of course my supplements and prenatal vitamins. Now when it comes to supplements, since I started taking them I haven’t been sick once, and I feel so much more energetic and strong (accept for my first trimester where nothing could stop the tiredness) and you should always check with your doctor before taking any if you’re pregnant. Here’s 15% off of my supplements.
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8. Lastly, I walk to class. I’m lucky enough to have a good distance to my classes. Hopefully I will manage to exchange the walk to school for a longer walk with the dogs once I don’t have classes anymore. Point is, move!

What’s your morning routine like?
How do you think a morning routine effects the rest of your day?
What are your best tips for starting the day in a good way?