Arm reaching up out of the bed covers and holding a cup of coffee.

Forget the sunrise sprints and five-mile jogs before breakfast – your perfect morning might involve none of those things. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to starting your day right. Instead, what truly matters is consistency and a routine that fuels YOUR unique needs. So, stop judging yourself and ditch the pressure to copy other people. Instead, tap into what makes you tick. Is it a quiet cup of coffee with the morning birdsong? Or maybe a power walk that awakens your spirit? This post delves into why personalized routines matter and empowers you to discover the morning ritual that sets you up for a day filled with success and happiness. Let’s ditch the cookie-cutter mornings and craft a bespoke routine that truly makes you thrive!

My morning routine is consistent.

It’s the consistency that makes a big difference for me.  I often tell people that doing 10 minutes of yoga a day is better than doing 60 minutes once a week.  That’s because the consistency helps you build your own inner resiliency muscle.  It trains your mind and body to focus on this activity each and every day.

That is the same reason why a consistent morning routine is supportive for me. I count on that routine to start my day in a predictable manner that I can plan around. I know what to expect and I know how to prepare.

I’ve noticed that I can skip my morning routine for a day or two when necessary but I always feel the call to get back to my routine as soon as I can.  Why is that??  It’s because my body craves that consistent activity that keeps both my mind and body healthy.

This consistency can be especially supportive if you’re in recovery from something like trauma, surgery, illness or major life transition. I’ve been through several major life transitions in the past 5 years. The consistency of my routines has helped to keep me grounded through each one of them.

My morning routine is unique.

The other reason that my morning routine supports me so much is because it’s unique to me and is just what I need.

I hear so many people say that you need to do this or do that in order to start your day off ‘right’.  I’ve heard suggestions of getting up before 5 am every day so that you get a jump on everyone else.  Walk 10,000 steps before 8 am & your day is off to a good start.  Meditate for 30 minutes to clear your head & center yourself.  Do your exercise routine right after you wake up in order to improve your metabolism.  The list could go on & on.

Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with any of these things if you feel better when doing them.  However, if you’re a night owl & you’re told to get up before 5 am every day, you are just going to be miserable.  If exercising on an empty stomach makes you queasy, then exercising right away when you wake up is not going to feel good.

When you don’t feel good with your routine, then chances are you won’t do it for long.  It can’t benefit you if you don’t do it.

Instead of following all of the suggestions that I hear, I’ve settled on a routine that works for me. I don’t jump out of bed and right into my day. I choose to take my time in that first hour as I wake up. I get dressed, let out the dog, start my tea, and empty the dishwasher. I’ve allowed my body the chance to fully wake up before I head to my yoga mat for 30-60 minutes of yoga, breath work, and meditation. Only after all of that do I eat my breakfast and move on with the ‘work’ of the day.

Over the past couple of years, this routine has been so supportive that I gravitate back to it over and over. I miss a day here in there when my schedule requires it, but I come back to that routine right away. My routine supports me because it is unique to my needs.

My son once told me that he left his apartment to head to work about 5-10 minutes after he jumped out of bed. That sounds too jarring for my system. I’m glad that works for him, but if I tried to do that, my day would not be off to a good start! My morning routine wouldn’t work for him & his wouldn’t work for me.

Woman sitting in bed with a cup of coffee and some fruit for breakfast.

Instead of the one size fits all routine…

Instead of copying someone else’s morning routine, find a routine that supports you in feeling strong, centered, happy, capable, and excited to do it.  For each of you, that means your routine will look a little different.  One size fits all does not apply to a morning routine.  It’s okay if you want to sit & drink your cup of coffee while you listen to nature come to life around you.  It’s also okay if you want to go for a 30 minute power walk right after getting up.

Experiment a little.  Get some help figuring out what might be more beneficial for you.  Just don’t take the approach that if it’s good enough for Oprah, Beyonce or the mom next door then it’s good enough for you.

Each of you is special and unique.  That means that there is a special and unique morning routine just for you.

If your mornings are going smoothly & support you already, then great!  Keep it up!

However, if your morning routine doesn’t set you up to have a successful and happy day, then considering tweaking it a bit and doing something different.  You deserve to have peaceful and supportive mornings too! 

If you’re not sure where to start, try this…

If you’re morning routine isn’t supporting you as much as you’d like, then it’s time to switch things up. How do you know where to start? Begin by noticing how you feel as you go about your mornings as you normally do right now. Pay attention to what’s working and what’s not working for you. Then, pick one thing that isn’t working. Brainstorm what changes you could make and then pick just one of those. Implement that change and then notice how your body, mind, and spirit feel with the change.

Woman smiling and holding her hands clasped together over her heart.

Take it slow when you’re shifting things. It’s going to be a little bit of trial and error while you’re designing a new routine that works better for you. Let the process be simple. Make one change, notice how you feel after the change, then decide whether to keep it or try something else. Always go back to your body and check in with it because it’s going to tell you whether the change is working or not.

You are unique and your morning routine should be just as unique. If what you’re doing is working already, then great. Keep it up! If not, then begin to experiment with some changes to you routine. Find a routine that supports you and uplifts you. Then be consistent with it. Mornings can be hectic and challenging, but when you establish and practice a supportive morning routine they can be easier and more relaxing. If you’re not sure where to start or need help listening to your body’s cues, then let’s chat. Yoga therapy has taught me how to really listen inward and you can learn how to do it too!

And remember, it’s never too late to live healthier & happier!

Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!

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