While the importance of a proper morning routine is inevitable, most advice is redundant.
Taking an hour for a proper ritual might be possible for a group of privileged individuals, but not for the majority. You might have to get to work, prepare breakfast, look after the kids, or follow other commitments that don’t leave much time for your personal growth.
Yet, these are no valid reasons to skip a morning routine. A great start into your day doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes. Even a short ritual can simplify your life and lead to a more focused, happier, and healthier version of yourself.
While we sleep, we recharge, our bodies rest, and our minds calm down. Thus, every morning is a fresh beginning with new opportunities.
We often take our lives for granted, not realizing that every morning is a miracle. Your lifetime is limited, so you absolutely deserve starting your days with a smile on your face and a calm mind instead of being in a rush.
Creating and sticking to a morning routine is not about how much time you have, but rather about your discipline. You can join the most excellent online programs and pay thousands of dollars for coaches, but if you aren’t willing to get up, you’ll always feel, do, and experience the same.
Of course, it’s more comfortable to snuggle in your sheets and stay in bed for a few more minutes. Yet, it won’t make you any happier.
Here are five simple yet powerful practices for starting your day happier, healthier, and with more energy:
Make Your Bed
By making your bed first thing after getting up, you experience the first win of the day early on. This might not sound like a big deal, but it is because it’s an act of discipline.
Tim Ferriss, for example, states that coming home to an arranged bedroom makes him feel good even if he had an awful day. William McRaven even wrote a book about why you should make your bed every single morning:
“If you make your bed…