Morning Routine

Having a basic morning routine will make your days less stressful. Knowing what to expect when you roll out of bed each morning puts you on a kind of relaxed autopilot. It allows you to physically and mentally ease into the day instead of worrying what to do next.

Keep in mind this does not mean you need a detailed itinerary of how you are going to save the world before 6:00 a.m. It simply means you need a morning routine that works for you, however mundane.

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I’m an early riser by most standards. On a typical day I’m downstairs making coffee {and feeding/entertaining my feline buddy} before 5:00. Of course, when one gets ready to go to bed at 9:00 p.m., that is do-able. I’ve never been much for night life, although I do make exceptions for Disney visits. Because, Disney. 

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Generally I have at least an hour before Hubby comes down to eat breakfast, and two hours before the first Agent is stirring. My introvert self appreciates this timeline. Over the years my morning routine has shifted somewhat, but it tends to return to the same basic elements: coffee, books, podcasts, social media, writing, stretching.

Currently I’m in the middle of two books. The first is Happiness the Mindful Way by Ken A. Verni. This is very much a page-a-day self-help style book designed to encourage being in the moment and a calmer disposition through daily reflections and tips. My only complaint is that in the publisher’s efforts to contain each individual topic to one page, the font size suffered; even with reading glasses I find myself longing for a large-print version. The second is Hope and Other Superpowers  by John Pavlovitz. This is more of a call-to-action, we’re all in this together, be a good human type of motivational read. I’ve followed John’s blog and social media presence for a while now, and his writing in this book remains true to what I’ve come to expect and appreciate. 

While I subscribe to several podcasts, the only two I’ve been listening to with regularity lately are Up First from NPR and Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist Podcast. Up First is a 10-12 minute news update every Monday through Friday. Friendly Atheist is a weekly hour-ish discussion of current events as they relate to religion and politics. 

Social media puttering takes up more of my morning routine than it probably should, as I’m guessing is true for most. Then I write. And stretch. Because, old person hips. 

How do your days start? Do you have a specific morning routine? Are you a morning person in general? 

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    I too spend too much time puttering on social media. I want to start listening to podcasts, but don’t think I have the time.

    1. Valerie

      The problem I have with podcasts is I can’t concentrate on them and do anything else at the same time. I know people who do dishes or fold laundry or drive or whatever while they listen, but I need to be just sitting, maybe drinking coffee, but that’s it. In that sense it’s more like reading for me, time-wise.

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    I have found that my routine is almost identical move by move daily when I work. I even meet the same people at the same time…feels like The Truman Show!!

    1. Valerie

      Ha! I feel that way many days, too. Especially when my husband is deployed. I’ll get to a certain point in the day and just think, OMG I cannot believe I am doing this exact same thing again. And I have to do it again tomorrow!

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    Esmé Slabbert

    Thank you for being part of my SIPB FB Group and sharing your post with us. I wish I had more time to do what I love in the morning. At present, I only manage merely a ½ hour of quick checking emails, responding to questions and comments on blog posts and leaving a link on some other groups I below to. I do that do get my post out there and then upon return after work, sometimes 12-14 hours later, I will only be able to get back to those groups to participate again. Then I still have to do my regular blogging stuff and housework which also eats away on my time and from time to time into my morning routine.

    1. Valerie

      Sounds like your days are very full. I’ve been trying to put more dedicated time into blogging, devoting a specific time to it each day and having a list of what I want to accomplish. If I didn’t get up so early I wouldn’t get nearly as much done.

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    I typically love to start my days before my kids get up, with preworkout, daily devotions, some work on writing or whatever, and a good workout! If it doesn’t happen, my day is a cluster, or I just don’t feel productive!!

    1. Valerie

      I honestly never thought I’d be an early bird until I had kids! Now I love getting up super early before anyone else. Thank you for stopping by, Amy. ❤️

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    Tabatha Hull

    Thank you for your post, Valerie. I’ve actually been wanting to start more of a morning routine. I’m a momma of two young kiddos who like to wake up pretty early themselves (my 3 year old likes to wake up at 5:45 some days) so it can be challenging to get much done before they start their day, but I’m sure if I make a few changes it’s doable. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of planning ahead 🙂

  6. Valerie

    You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words, Tabatha. ❤️

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    I also spend too much time on social media in the morning. I try to look at everything from the day before then head out to work. I try to have some kind of morning routine unfortunately it doesn’t always happen.

    1. Valerie

      I try to put an arbitrary time limit on each social media account and then move on to something else. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t 🙃

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    Work days up and to work. Weekends I like make coffee and sitting in quiet. Yes to reading, social media, visiting blogs (today!!)
    Being an introvert I like my alone time so will take it wherever and whenever I can get it.

    1. Valerie

      Quiet coffee in the early morning is the best. ♥️

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    Ankita Saha

    What a routine you have! I wish I could wake up that early.
    In general, I wake up and pray for 5 mins and get started with my day!

    1. Valerie

      I am actually “mad” at myself when I sleep too late. I enjoy that early time so much.

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    Ellen Best

    Having to see how my health is before measuring the capacity to write on any given day makes my routine fluid. I need to read write and to survive, so when I am unable too do so I listen to audio books, podcast’s and find other ways.

    1. Valerie

      I feel very “off” if I don’t spend at least a little time each day reading and writing. I like a few podcasts, but usually they are the first thing to go when I’m short on time.

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    Justine Warne

    Work days I get up at around 6am regardless of if I’m working from home or on the road. Always start with a cup of tea (not surprising), feed our wee dog and wander around the garden.

    1. Valerie

      For me it’s coffee and a cat. ♥️I used to try to get outside early every morning when we lived in a warmer climate; now I’m usually under a blanket, ha!

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    Morning routines are great to help start your day. I prefer to start mine with many mindful moments. Stretching, breathing exercises in the shower…

    1. Valerie

      I used to be so much better about stretching in the morning. I need to get back to it.

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