New Year, New Morning Routines

Jumping on here a tad late into the ‘new year resolutions’ theme. I was on the fence about this post for so many reasons, yet here we are. And as the saying goes, better late than never. Let’s start with the fact that I’m not a new year resolutions kind of gal, never been. If we’re honest, they sound good in theory, but are they really? I mean, are they reasonable, worthwile or sustainable? Hardly. According to a University of Scranton study, only 19 percent of those who make resolutions actually fulfilled them – within two years.

Here’s a really interesting and fun article I found that breaks down the different resolutions people have made over the years. It also states the success (or lack of) rate for each. You’d be surprised at some of the things people find to be of top priority worthy to make it a resolution.

Everyone leads a different life. Everyone has different needs, wants and routines. I happen to thrive in routines, which is why my laundry suffers during the summer months when I don’t feel the need to get it done right away since most of my days don’t have deadlines to fulfill.

But, my morning routine is pretty much a constant in my life. In fact, I hate waking up in a hotel room or any other place that isn’t my bedroom for this one reason (and that I miss my own bed & pillows).

My morning routine: after I wake I turn to admire the new sunrise (our bedroom faces east so I get to view it every single day through the window next to me), then I proceed to read our daily bible scripture followed by prayer and then I hit the coffee bar.

Sounds pretty simple right? It’s meant to be.

Three ideas for a simple and healthful morning routine

Set a realistic goal

Don’t set amounts. Instead, do a quick two minute mental map of what you want your day to be like while laying awake. A two minute thought provoking meditation sesh or better yet a heartfelt thankful prayer is all it takes to begin your day in a good mood. Trying to carve out an hour every morning to analyze your entire day, every day, is not sustainable.

Cuddle that cup

Clearly a personal choice. Sitting alone in silence, pondering while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea is a great way (IMO) to begin a morning routine. Before you let the rest of the world in. It can be as simple as that.

Take a walk or go for a run

While this is not necessarily at the top of my personal list, when I do get around to doing it, boy does it make a difference in my day. Getting outside first thing in the morning to run or walk can sound a bit daunting but it’s a proven fact that moving our bodies is the best way to jumpstart our metabolism, our physical being and a great way to improve our mental health. It’s a win win all the way!

Make it your own routine

Everyone’s lifestyle is different and everyone has something that works for them. Forcing yourself to do something every morning that is not your thing will eventually make you dread it. It just won’t last. Remember all of those resolutions of years past? Do what works for you. Find something you can enjoy on your own or with a partner if you choose but choose to do something that requires minimal effort but yields satisfaction. Something that won’t add to your already busy life and mind. Then make it your own routine.☀️

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