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20 Morning Routine Ideas to Kickstart Your Day

Creating a morning routine that sets a positive tone is a great way to kickstart your day. Completely customizable to your lifestyle, there is no “right” morning routine to have, nor do you have to push yourself towards things that don’t quite fit.

That said, I think the most important thing that many of us have lost in recent years is the ability to begin our days free of technology. We’re all guilty of scrolling on our phones in bed from time to time, but what would life look like if we each took our mornings to really enjoy them free of notifications and distraction?

These 20 routine ideas will help you feel energized and balanced for the rest of the day!

1- Wake Up Earlier
Does sleeping in have you feeling sluggish or as though you have no time to enjoy yourself before you head to work? Then attempt to wake up earlier!

Whether you wake up 15 minutes or 2 hours earlier than usual, giving yourself a little extra time in the AM will help you to accomplish your goals and start your day with less stress.

Check out these 9 hacks that will help you turn into an early riser.

2- Keep Your Phone on Mute
Do you have a tendency to reach for your phone immediately after waking up? We’re all probably guilty of this on occasion, but jumping out of sleep and straight into social media, texts, and e-mails can be detrimental to the rest of your day.

Instead of setting your daily tone with the stresses of your phone, consider keeping it on “do not disturb” mode and giving yourself some time to be intentional about your morning.

Personally, I keep my phone on “do not disturb” mode from 9 pm to 8 am, during which time only my immediate family members can get a hold of me if need be.

3- Meditate
Meditation can be a great way to wake up in the morning — whether that’s a full-body meditation, chant, or intention. Meditation doesn’t need to be a big event, even just a little bit can be beneficial.

I gotta say though, I’m one of those people that will 100% fall right back asleep if I try to meditate in the morning. If you experience the same issue, I recommend giving yourself some time between waking up and meditating. There’s no rule that says a morning meditation must be done in bed!

Check out this article for more great benefits of meditation.

4- Go Outside
Feeling a little stuffy spending your mornings inside? Then head out into the great outdoors!

Taking a walk, going for a bike ride, or even taking a swim can be a great way to wake up and get a dose of fresh air.

5- Read
In the spirit of being intentional about what content you consume first thing in the morning, I recommend picking up one of your favorite books, magazines, or a curated list of articles.

For many, reading is an incredibly relaxing activity, so filling your mind with intentional information and starting your day out slow and steady is a win-win situation.

6- Make Your Bed
Ah, making your bed. Something you’ve probably been told to do your whole life, but do you actually do it?

While there are no clear studies that show that making your bed will help you lead a more productive life, there is evidence to suggest that living in a clean, organized space, in general, will help you have improved focus.

7- Take a Cold Shower
Are you a morning bather or an evening bather? If you tend to switch it up with no real preference, then starting your day off with a quick cold shower could be the way to go.

According to the Wim Hof Method, taking a cold shower can help to decrease stress and anxiety, improve circulation, soothe muscles, and support the immune system.

8- Wash Your Face
If you’re not in the mood for a cold shower, then washing your face is the next best thing.

Not only will washing your face remove dirt, debris, and excess oils, but it’s also a surefire way to feel more alert and shake off grogginess.

9- Stretch
If you want to shake off those feelings of grogginess even faster, then consider doing a quick stretch.

Stretching increases blood flow to the areas of focus, which helps with flexibility, the release of endorphins, and alertness.

10- Exercise
Or, if you want to go the full mile, why not get in your daily bout of exercise first thing?

Whether you want to head to the gym, go for a long walk, or follow along with a video, exercising in the morning will make you feel alert, productive, and accomplished.

11- Journal
I’m a big fan of journaling first thing in the morning.

In particular, writing down your thoughts about the previous day, noting down any memorable dreams, or jotting down three things that you’re grateful for are excellent ways to gear up for the day ahead.

Check out this article for more benefits of keeping a journal.

12- List Your Daily Goals
Along the lines of journaling, writing down your daily goals is also a great way to start the day.
Whether you prefer a bullet journal or a classically lined page, listing your daily tasks (both big and small), and then crossing them off as you go is a great way to stay organized and on point.

13- Drink Lemon Water
Is there a better way to break your overnight fast than to chug a big glass of water in the morning? Well, there is if there’s a lemon involved!

While there is little scientific research on the benefits of lemon water specifically, there is plenty of research on the benefits of lemons themselves. In particular, lemons help to promote hydration, support weight loss, up your Vitamin C intake, aid in digestion, and freshen your breath.

14- Have a Breathwork Session
The act of intentional, guided breathing, breathwork has been making waves recently for being an extremely beneficial practice. In particular, breathwork has been thought to help the immune system function, aid positive self-development, process emotions, increase creativity, and improve relationships.

For more information on the different types of breathwork, check out this article.

15- Draw
Feeling creative? Then why not jump to it first thing in the morning? In particular, drawing is a great way to improve your mood, relax, and work on your skills.

It doesn’t matter if you “can’t draw”, even just the act of putting pen to paper can get your creative mojo going for the rest of the day.

16- Do Something Creative
On that note, if you’re truly not interested in being an artist, then substitute that for something else creative.

Some other ideas include making videos, practicing your writing skills, improving your photography, woodworking, painting, pottery, knitting, or sewing.

17- Do an Act of Kindness
To truly start your day on a good note, why not spend some time giving back to the community?

This can be as big or as small as you’d like, such as writing a letter or note to a loved one, paying for someone else’s parking, complimenting someone’s work, donating to a cause, or just reaching out.

18- Take Care of Your Plants
Have houseplants? Then take a beat each morning to spend some time with them.

Whether they’re due for a water, harvest, or prune, or whether you just want to spend some time admiring them, spending time with plants has been shown to improve mood and decrease stress hormones.

19- Spend Time with Your Family / Pets
For those of us surrounded by family and animals, having a completely tranquil morning can be hard to come by. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still forgo your phone and make mornings full of quality time.

Whether you make time to journal, read, play games, or just relax together, making mornings full of family (or pets) can be a great revitalizing way to start the day.

20- Have a Healthy Meal
And last but not least, begin your day with a healthy meal.

Eating first thing in the morning may not be for everyone, but studies have shown that starting your day with a healthy breakfast is great for kickstarting your metabolism and fueling you up for the day.

Eggs, smoothies, and overnight oats are all great breakfast ideas.

That’s it for my morning routine ideas! The best morning routine is truly the one that makes you happy and fits your lifestyle, so pick and choose what works best for you. Have some other favorite morning routine ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Sources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-health-benefits-of-making-your-bed-5093540#citation-3

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-of-lemon-water#hydration

https://www.invaluable.com/blog/sketch-drawing/ 

https://www.healthline.com/health/breathwork

https://www.swansonsnursery.com/blog/health-benefits-of-houseplants

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/breakfast#:~:text=Many%20studies%20have%20shown%20the,disease%20in%20the%20long%20term.