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!
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.
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.
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
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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