This week, I’d like to share something about one of my personal health routines that I hope will help others. I don’t usually talk about my personal habits too much, but it’s something that’s really made a difference in my health and well-being. It’s my morning routine.
What’s a morning routine, you ask? Well, it’s different things to different people. However, my personal routine includes daily meditation and writing. Yours could include walking and yoga. Or reading and running. Or any other combinations you can think of. And it could include just one activity, or more than one. You could have two, three, or four activities included, or even more if you feel you have the time.
This all came about for me through a wonderful resource called Create a Meaningful Morning Routine, which was a self-directed microcourse created by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less. I jumped right in with the small steps that she suggested, and within months I had a routine that I just could not help but engage in on a daily basis. It became a habit, an addiction, but the good kind. No longer was I dreading getting out of bed in the morning. No longer was I lying in bed and mentally making my list of “to-dos”. Once I had my routine in place, I woke every day knowing exactly what I’d be doing when I rose. My selected activities were easy to do whether at home, visiting family, or on vacation. They were a welcome comfort on rough days, or during challenging periods. I always knew that I could count on them to keep me grounded and centered. Instead of popping out of bed and checking e-mail first thing, i gave those first few moments of the day to myself, and to no one else. As a mom and a wife, I was often giving the first moments of the day to others. This works just fine for a while, but long-term, the effects of neglecting oneself will show up in poor health. I noticed, over time, that I was more relaxed, more comfortable, and more ready to face my day with the addition of this self-care.
While Courtney’s course is no longer available, there are other resources out there that can help you find what works for you. Craig Kulyk’s Create Good Mornings is one good place to start. No matter what support resources you use, I would highly encourage you to just pick a routine for yourself. Start small, with just one task for a few minutes, and work your way up to more time. Make it a point to get to bed at a reasonable time so that you can wake up before the others in your household to engage in your routine without interruptions. Do it however you like, just do it. You’ll be very glad you did.