Morning Routine for the Modern Woman
With health concerns on the rise, and most of us adopting a new at-home rhythm, we need schedule + routine now more than ever. The start of every new day is an opportunity to check in with ourselves, ask what’s working + not working for us and implement healthy habits.
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine,” according to a quote shared by Natalia Benson, Los Angeles-based women’s empowerment coach. “Make time for a morning ritual,” she says. And science tends to agree with her. A 2012 study by the American Psychological Association determined morning people are “healthier x happier” than night owls. And typically more successful.
Natalia says, “Your morning practice can have an element of learning to you. You are the artist of your morning ritual. Learn what works for you.” Experiment is part of the process, and it will require you to tune in and listen to your body. How do you feel? How do you want to feel?
“If you are feeling anxious, off-kilter, lost, lethargic or depressed, go to the root of your patterns: Check in with your nutrition + sleep,” Natalia says. “Eat in a way that enriches x nourishes you. If you are not grounded + rooted, it’s not possible to grow into your potential.”
Natalia recommends creating a routine based on these three principles:
No. 1 Do something that connects to your body
No. 2 Do something that connects to your mind.
No. 3 Do something that connects to your soul.
“When we’re starting the day properly, it is how we create an unstoppable drive to create a life that feels incredible to us and allows us to connect and be good to each other. If we don’t have a connection with ourselves, how can we connect with others?”
It was time to check in, connect with myself + look at my morning ritual, or lack thereof. I’d heard of the Ayurvedic method, a 20-step process that consists of waking up early. Body brushing. Tongue scraping. Oil pulling. Among other things. It seemed too involved. But whatever I was doing was not working. I was winging it, every morning. Setting my alarm earlier just meant hitting snooze more times. I was still rushing out the door, feeling scattered, lacking focus + not setting myself up for success.
Another tool I had heard of was by Mel Robbins, creator of the Five-Second Rule, the life-changing idea that if you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move + take action within five seconds, or your brain will kill it. You will remain stagnant and nothing will change.
This simple [but not easy] practice has become the key to success of my morning routine — it all starts with my alarm. If I do not respond to it and get out of bed in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… my morning routine doesn’t happen, and I don’t feel like I’ve set myself up for the best day ever. But if I actually rise, within five seconds, and put these next steps [based on Natalia’s tips] in action, I shine. I feel aligned, productive, and proud.
The key to the “unstoppable drive to create a life that feels incredible” for me looks like:
5:00 a.m. | Wake up — apply the Five-Second Rule and get out of bed.
5:15 a.m. | Hydrate — drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
5:30 a.m. | Work out — attend a morning class for a good sweat + release with a savasana at the end that I use as meditation. Since public gyms are a little off limits during this self-quarantine, I’m opting for at-home workouts. Try my at-home slider routine or a workout app like this one.
7 a.m. | Shower — use my favorite products that make me feel my best.
8:30 a.m. | Journal — on a normal day, I go to my favorite coffee shop + spend 20-30 minutes writing in my Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte – a daily planner where I record my “core desired feelings” and create intentional thoughts + actions to support those feelings.
9 a.m. | Work — open my laptop and do the work, which for me is freelance writing.
11 a.m. | Eat — stop for breakfast + practice mindful eating, putting my computer aside and enjoying my meal.
This is the morning ritual that sets me up for the best day ever.
And it’s thanks to Natalia tips: doing something that connects to my mind, body + soul. Like anything, it is a practice, but the more I stick to this routine, the better I feel.
Some days are more successful than others, but I don’t judge myself. I look at every morning as an opportunity to try again, and that feels pretty good too.
Let us know what your morning routine looks like @aisle9 where we’ll keep this conversation going.