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What do the first hours of your day look like? Do you follow a stable morning routine? If not, read, why it helps you to be more productive and successful as a freelancer in the long run.

My lazy past

Believe me, in the past I wasn’t a morning person at all! I had huge trouble to leave my bed and hit the snooze button multiple times.

However, as a freelancer and founder of Wellness Nomads I started to get inspired by the discipline of highly productive and successful people.

How a morning routine helps you

If you follow healthy rituals in the very first hours of the day, you will…

  • feel balanced
  • gain energy
  • stay focused
  • increase productivity

Consistency is the key

We all have different needs, and sleep patterns. Sure. But independent from that we all can benefit from a stable morning routine.

The more we repeat certain actions, the easier it gets to create habits and establish routines.

Start with your evening

A good morning routine starts with a good evening routine. When we go to bed at the same time every day, we will have fewer problems to get up more or less at the same time every morning.

Take your sleep seriously. And you will wake up refreshed and energized. You won’t even need an alarm clock anymore. Isn’t it cool?

Do you need some inspiration to create a healthy evening routine? Read my article EVENING ROUTINE | 10 TIPS TO INSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

Are you a freelancer?

Me too. One advantage of being a freelancer is that we’re more independent during our work days. Usually, we can work from anywhere and anytime, apart from due dates.

However, a big challenge is to be really disciplined, right? You get easily distracted by Facebook, Instagram, emails, and whatnot.

Now you may ask: “But how can I stay disciplined?” The simple answer is: with rituals.

Before I provide you ideas how those could look like, let me quote Wayne Huizenga:

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”

Okay, now let’s go!

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Wake up slowly and start your day mindful. Making your bed is one important step.

Morning routine ideas

Wake up slowly

When you open your eyes in the morning, take some time and get used to the daylight. Just lay there, take some deep breaths and notice how you feel. Smile and feel grateful for at least one thing. Start your day with positivity and mindfulness.

Make your bed

Don’t grab your phone to check Facebook or your inbox. This would ruin your morning and maybe even your good mood. Instead get up and make your bed. Statistics show that bed makers are in general happier and more successful. Sounds funny? Read more about this topic here.

Get hydrated

Drinking water in the morning should be a high priority because you dehydrate during the night. Drinking water right after getting up helps to increase the flow of oxygen, it activates the metabolism, flushes out toxins (especially with fresh lemon juice) and keeps you energized.

If you don’t drink enough water, you provoke a headache and tiredness – to name just two negative health effects.

If available, I love to drink a glass of water with two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar. It helps the body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. Add a bit of honey if you don’t like the taste.

Try oil pulling

Never heard of it yet? It’s a very healthy and interesting thing to do in the morning. And, this method has a very long tradition by the way. There are so many benefits, that I recommend you read this article to get excited about oil pulling.

Dry brush your skin

It only requires three to five minutes each morning. Dry brushing increases the blood flow and your energy. It has also many other positive health effects, especially woman benefit from it – find out why and how to do it here.

Take a cold shower

Cold water on your skin increases your overall oxygen intake and strengthens your immune system. There are even studies which say that regular cold showers help to fight off depression.

Exercise and stretch

If you start your day with some yoga exercises or a (mini) workout, it will increase your energy level and boost your productivity even more.

Stretching not only makes you feel fresh and flexible, but it also helps to prevent back pain from sitting all day long at the laptop.

Currently, I swim each morning and enjoy a simple stretching routine like this one.

Quick tip: Physical activity is also great to fight off tiredness and stress after a long work day.

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A healthy and balanced breakfast provides a lot of energy for a successful work day.

Make good breakfast choices

A good breakfast provides long-term energy and prevents munchies. My favorite one is a muesli with a coffee. Though I avoid drinking coffee daily – read why in my article HOW TO DRINK COFFEE THE RIGHT WAY

Don’t you like muesli? No problem. Get many other healthy breakfast ideas here.

And if you don’t like eating much in the morning, what about a smoothie? Get inspired by these simple and quick smoothie recipes with only three ingredients.

Before you start to work do “nothing”

Meditating isn’t exactly doing nothing, but what I mean is to take the time (five minutes are enough) to calm your mind and set an intention for the day.

You can meditate with the help of an app – find four recommendations here – or simply sit or lay down and focus on your breath. It helps you to start your day with a calm and clear mind.

Schedule your day

Before you jump into work mode, think about which tasks matter most on that day. Remember, a good morning routine is the base for a successful day. And (a minimum of) planning helps you to stay focused.

You have no clue how to set priorities and stay focused? Get inspired by my blog post HOW TO BEAT PROCRASTINATION AND STAY PRODUCTIVE

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Take it easy

All those tips for a healthy and balanced morning routine are of course just recommendations based on my experiences, on what I hear from successful people and read in wellness or psychology magazines.

If you have no routine at all yet, start with mini changes and habits. Don’t overwhelm yourself – otherwise, you’ll lose your motivation and may give up.

Try different morning routines

Choose your favorite activities and experience a bit what you like and what makes you happy. Like I said in the beginning, we’re all individual human beings – so are our mornings.

That said keep in mind how a conscious start into the day will help you staying balanced and productive. Our jobs are energy consuming enough. Don’t loose more energy with a chaotic and rushed morning.

Embrace your extra time – make the best of it.


In order to stay balanced and feel energized, try all or just a few of the following morning rituals:

  • Wake up slowly
  • Make your bed
  • Get hydrated
  • Try Oil Pulling
  • Dry brush your skin
  • Take a cold shower
  • Exercise and stretch
  • Make good breakfast choices
  • Before you start to work do “nothing”
  • Schedule your day

What about you? What is your morning looking like? Do you have other tips for a successful morning routine? Leave a comment below!

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    1. Hi Amy,
      thank you for reading my article! I’m glad you feel inspired and I’m sure you will feel so much better when you give it a try. Enjoy and stay balanced, Kathrin

  1. Love this! I was like you in the sense that for the longest time I hated mornings and it took me forever to get going. Now I have to wake up, drink a whole lot of water, plan my day while I eat a full breakfast and get my day started asap! I feel way more accomplished by the end of the day and I sleep much better now the my body is on a schedule. 100% agree with your content! Great blog 🙂

    1. Hi Shauna,
      I’m so happy that you love the idea of a morning routine and that you already established a good one! I like to hear other success stories like yours. Drinking water, eating breakfast and scheduling – these are indeed my key actions in the morning as well. And it feels so much better than my rushed mornings in the past. Have a great weekend! Kathrin

  2. Good post with lots of well-researched links, keep the good work!

    In the past, I have been a horrible “long sleeper” and now I am the opposite. Just like you, I tried to save any possible 5 minutes for more snooze-sleep, now I voluntary get up 90 minutes before I start to do my work. It’s indeed all about the routines and they work perfectly.

    1. Hi Kai,
      thank you for your compliment! I think what challenges the people most is to start a routine with new habits. Creating new habits requires a lot of discipline but once you started it gets easier every day.

  3. Creating a morning routine has been so important for my mental health since I stopped working. I have productive days and feel creative when I follow it.

    1. Hi Angela,
      that’s my experience as well. I can only observe positive effects. Happy to hear your wellbeing improved with the help of the morning routine!

  4. This is a great read! Definitely all good advice. Hydrating in particularis very important to start your day off right.This is something I lack in haha

    1. Hi Amberly,
      what about you have a glass of water next to your bed? So it’s easy in the morning to get the first water intake?

    1. HI Anissa,
      I’m curious how meditation will effect you and your wellbeing. Give it a try!

  5. Love this post. I have the horrible habit of waking up 20 minutes before I’ve got to get my kids up, because I just have zero energy. I’m going to really push myself to start this routine.

    1. Hi Ann,
      I know how it feels to have zero energy in the morning. I see two reasons. One is indeed to get up last minute and rush, the other reason could be that you have not enough sleep in general? Do you have an evening routine?

  6. This is a great post, some things I’ve never thought of. I have a really productive morning routine with water, reading, journaling, exercise and meditation but will definitely be adding some of these ideas 💗

    1. Hi Lucy,
      wow, your morning routine already looks really good! But yes, try different versions and you will see maybe even more positive effects. All the best, Kathrin

    1. Hi Jennifer! Haha, yes, a bed that is made is too pretty to destroy it again. Thank you for reading!

  7. I recently added working out to my morning routine and I do feel a difference. I was a nonbeliever for years, but it has transformed my mood.

    1. I believe many people underestimate the effect of a good workout on our body and mind. So, I’m happy to hear how it affects you in a positive way!

  8. Love these tips! I have heard them so many times but never really practice them consistently. I like the way you wrote them, it’s easy to follow and I feel I can actually do them.

    1. I’m glad you like the tips and feel motivated to follow them. You can start with one or two and slowly add more once you feel comfortable with the new habits. All the best! Kathrin

    1. Wow – so happy to hear that my tips give you a new boost to maybe like mornings soon! Can you imagine that I was feeling like you in the past? Haha 😉

    1. Exactly! Discipline and consistency are essential. Waiting for motivation often leads to not taking action at all.

    1. Thank you, Sosi! I hope the link to the oil pulling article is helpful for you! Have a great day!

  9. I like your suggested morning rituals but dry brushing your skin is new to me. I never heard of it before. I particularly like your advice to schedule the day. I do not always do this . I just fall into the day. One thing I like to practice is the early morning exercise. I t makes me energetic all day. Thanks for sharing.

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