Getting yourself into a daily routine is something that can feel overwhelming. If you stop to focus on the real reasons of implementing a good daily routine we realize there are so many benefits to forming a simple daily routines that can hep you keep a clear mind and approach each day with positivity.
Daily Routines In the Morning :
Focus on daily routines that help encourage slowing down in the morning and not rushing to get to or start work. Make pockets of time for you to align with your own thoughts, intentions, and goals (personal or professionally).
1. Wake up Early
Wake up early enough so that you can at the very least eat breakfast. So often, especially those of us who have office jobs, we are quick to grab a to-go breakfast and eat it on the way to work or at our desks (I was so guilty of this when I worked in an office). Give yourself the extra 10-15 minutes to make something and have breakfast with yourself.
This daily routine is a little bit more time consuming and does require you to wake up even earlier, but the benefits are so well worth it. Taking even 10 minutes each morning to be with yourself and breathe helps set your day up with you as the priority. What is important to you, what do you need to complete that day, what are you still seeking answers to?
We all know by now that having a gratitude practice can drastically change our overall well being. Take 5 minutes to pull out your notebook and jot down a list of things that come to mind that you feel joy in. Be specific and as you write, feel that joy over and over again.
4. Reflect on Your Goals
If you work from home, this daily routine is a little easier to create time for in the morning. If you don’t, schedule some time on Sunday night to reflect on your life goals. Pull out your planner and see what you plan to accomplish and if you are on tract that week. Adjust your weekly schedule if something is misaligned.
Practice visualizing your perfect day each and every morning. Walk through exactly what it looks like and how you feel. Breathe in the energy you have to make it happen.
Affirmations are another powerful way to focus your energy in the morning on the goals, ideas, and values that are important to you. Take time to write a few out and practice saying them aloud each and every morning. You’ll start acting in ways that make those statements already true.
7. Drink water
Seriously, get some fluid into you first thing. Dehydration causes stress, anxiety, drowsiness, and distraction.
In the Afternoon :
Take a moment in the afternoon to recharge. Focus on daily routines that help you find energy to move throughout the rest of your day.
8. Eat Lunch
Take time to step out of your work zone to nourish your body and move your mind to other topics.
9. Drink Water
If your like most of us, you sit at your desk all day long. Take some time in the afternoon to get up and stretch a little. Whether that is taking a 5 minute stroll around your block or standing up to take a lap around your building.
If you are one that needs to step out of your work zone to refocus your energy, find a yoga class you can take over your lunch break, or create your lunch around exercising.
In the Evening :
Daily routines in the evening can help ease our minds and find some rest + relaxation before we go to bed and repeat all over again.
Take time in the evening to get some movement in your day. Whether this be taking your dog for a walk, heading to the gym, or riding your bike, it’s so important to encourage our body and minds to stay active.
Reading helps develop us mentally and open our minds up to new stories, ideas, and perceptions. It also helps us relax and divert our attention from the activities on social media. It’s so refreshing falling asleep and our last thoughts be something clear and positive.
Remember, you don’t have to write paragraphs on end about your day; Journaling looks different to everyone. Take a moment to maybe jot down a list, write our your current thoughts, the first sentence that comes to mind, or a to do list for tomorrow.
15. Self Care Routine
We all go through some sort of beauty routine in the evening. Take a moment to use this time to treat yourself with something special. That might be dry brushing, or a small face mask.
16. No Screen Time
It’s proven that looking into a bright screen before bedtime can affect our sleep. Set a time in the evening when the phone goes off and it’s no longer looked at. Avoid scrolling thorough endless feeds right before bed that can leave us with negative or comparative thoughts.
17. Oil Diffuser
Oil diffusers are a fun way to create relaxation for more of your senses. This helps create a restful environment and help our bodies begin to relax.
Practicing good daily routines can drastically impact our mental help and help us keep a clear mind. What daily routine do you want to try implementing?