Turning Morning Routines into Morning Bliss

Do you have a morning routine?

And do you struggle with it somedays, or every day?

The problem here is the word ‘routine.’ If the first things you are going to do in the day don’t light you up, you’re more likely to snooze than excitedly leap out of bed.

生き甲斐 – Ikigai
The thing that gets you out of bed in the morning – your sense of purpose.

There are a gazillion morning routines in books and all over the Internet. You may have tried one or more of them and given up.

No single routine is better than any of the others because the question is not “What is the best morning routine?” but “What is the best morning routine for you?”

If you could find a way to find Morning Bliss, would this be a better idea?

If you had a schedule that excited you, that you looked forward to, and which positively inspired you for the day, then this would give you your Morning Bliss and set you up with the right energy for the day.

I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod last year. It was recommended to me by somebody who thought I should follow a morning routine. At that time I was like most people – alarm rings, snooze, jump out of bed, breakfast (some days), shower, off to work.

The book focuses on 6 key life SAVERS. These are not really new and there are other morning routines out there that follow a similar pattern. Hal’s method revolves around taking an hour in the morning to centre yourself, prepare for the day and look after yourself. His SAVERS are as follows:

You don’t have to do them in the same order and can vary them as you see fit. He even offers a 6-minute version you can adopt on busy days so you keep your momentum.

I tried it and it didn’t really work for me, but I have come up with my variation which I follow most days – there are always exceptions, but it’s OK to miss one here and there. It’s not military school! My routine looks like this:

My exercise could be a 30 minute HIIT routine, a 30-minute restorative yoga session or a Chi Kung session. Some days I will skip it and take a walk in the woods later in the day.

But I didn’t start out with this.

Going from no morning routine to adding an extra hour in the day can be a shock to the system – like running a 5k without any preparation. You will fail and it will leave you feeling like it’s impossible.

So I started small.

Set the alarm 10 minutes earlier. Move the alarm away from the bed so you have to get up. Just do 5-10 minutes of stretching to begin with. Or put out your running shoes the night before and walk around the garden if you’re not used to running. Build up gradually. Want to try meditation? Just take 5-10 minutes to reflect and sit quietly. No pressure.

Whatever you choose, find things that you enjoy and build your plan around them. You don’t want them to feel like obligations or ‘routine.’ In time, you’ll find these things inspire you to act and you will WANT to get up and do them – they fire up your day and get you into gear for action and become part of your Ikigai.

Your morning routine will become your morning bliss and you’ll look forward to every day. It will become a habit – a good one – which will benefit you in the long run.

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