The Beginner’s Guide To Building a Mindful Morning Routine

Morning routines are often overlooked for their ability to refresh and prepare you for the day ahead. Many would rather press snooze a couple more times than venture out of the warmth of the duvet to allow time to wake up and feel ready for the day ahead. They continue on with their day, wondering why they feel so groggy despite getting eight hours of sleep and relying on the fix of countless cups of coffee to make it through the day.

Being mindful means focusing on the present moment rather than what needs to be done tomorrow or how embarrassing that conversation with your boss was a couple of hours ago. To ensure we can start our day in a fresh, calm headspace, carrying out our morning routine mindfully is key.

  1. Wake up without tech

In this day an age, waking up without the assistance of technology is seemingly impossible which is why it’s vital that we give our minds time to wake up before we dive into social media and emails. The trick is making sure you don’t go back to sleep! Do some stretches in bed or simply prop yourself up with some cushions to ensure you give your mind time to wake up on its’ own. Using a phone or other device is perfectly fine for an alarm clock but don’t let pressing that stop button tempt you to unlock and scroll.

2. Drink a glass of water

Hydration is vital after waking up, and especially before your morning cup of tea or coffee, or even your bowl of cereal. Hydrate before you do anything, your body will thank you for it. There’s a running debate between room temperature water and refrigerated water, but a glass of ice cold water is a great way to wake up the body in the morning.

3. Make your bed

Is there anything worse than coming home after a long day to be greeted by sheets strewn across your bed, leaving your entire bedroom looking as though disaster has struck whilst you’ve been out? Making your bed not only leaves your room feeling tidier but provides some mental clarification and an instant to-do ticked off before your day has even begun.

4. Embrace ‘Niksen’ for a couple of moments

The Dutch art of doing NOTHING, practicing Niksen is great for giving yourself a couple of moments to tune out the world without feelings of guilt. Managing director of a coaching center in the Netherlands, Carolien Hamming, describes the term as meaning “to do nothing, to be idle or doing something without any use” in an article by the Time. The beauty of it is how it can be done anywhere, at any time, whether it’s listening to music or staring out of your window.

5. Journal

You don’t have to be a writer or to even enjoy writing to jot down your plans for the day or words that come to mind about what’s going on in your mind. The main aim is to clear your head perhaps from a nightmare you had or rationalise fears you may have for an upcoming event. I wrote a blog post on journaling for beginners here.

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