Morning routines are popular as ever right now. Wellness experts, self-made millionaires, and TikTok-obsessed teens all swear by their waking rituals, ranging from pre-dawn Pilates to a half-hour of gratitude journaling and tea sipping. These daily to-dos are so trendy that with a few click-clacks on the keyboard, you can even find morning routines for people who hate mornings and routines (more on that later).
Shifting from sluggishly hitting the snooze button to waking up refreshed and ready to go sounds nice, but how do you actually do it? Try these six tips to steal back your morning and start your day off right.
1. Prep before bed.
A little planning goes a long way to making your mornings run smoothly. Pack lunches while you clean up dinner, layout work and gym outfits when you put on your pj’s, and jot down your goals for the day before turning in for the night. This prep will help you feel more mentally prepared for a productive tomorrow.
2. Give yourself time.
Getting up earlier can be the difference between having a calm start to your day versus feeling foggy and frantic after snoozing your alarm seven times. Not a morning person? No problem—start slowly and wake up 5 or 10 minutes earlier until you adjust, then keep going until you are waking up at your ideal time.
YL tip: Change your alarm tone to a soothing sound like soft music or a beautiful birdsong—no one wants to be startled out of sleep by a blaring alarm.
3. Wake up your senses.
No motivational morning routine is complete without a diffuser blend to set the tone for the day. Looking for a seize-the-day scent to start your mornings? Blend Peppermint, Citrus Fresh, and Lemon for a lively and inspiring aroma that says, “You’ve got this.”
Rise and Shine diffuser blend
- 4 drops Peppermint
- 3 drops Citrus Fresh
- 3 drops Lemon
Want something that goes better with slow, easy-going mornings and a croissant? Then you’ll need Lavender (obviously) along with sweet-scented Sacred Sandalwood and Stress Away. Simply pop a few drops of each in your diffuser, breathe deep, and feel like you just woke up in Paris.
Bonjour, Beautiful diffuser blend
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Sacred Sandalwood
- 3 drops Stress Away
4. Dress for the day you want.
Even if you have nowhere to go, take a few minutes to put on something that makes you feel powerful, whether it’s a nice shirt or big hoop earrings. Maybe even style your hair how you like it and put on a little makeup if that feels like you. Getting ready for the day is a simple way to lift your spirits and your confidence.
5. Boost your breakfast.
There’s nothing like the thought of an exciting breakfast to motivate you to bounce out of bed. Step up your breakfast game with these ideas for a delicious—and nutritious—start to your day:
- Overnight chia breakfast bowls
- Mango berry smoothie bowl
- Sunrise Nitro smoothie
- No-bake energy balls
6. Do something for you.
Power up your morning with an activity that makes you feel ready to take on the day. For some, a three-step skin care routine may be what you need to feel awake and refreshed. Others might prefer a relaxing ritual of yoga and meditation. If you’re not a fan of routines, feel free to mix up your morning activity day to day. Here are some ideas you can try:
- Move your body. Stretch, go for a run, or do some push-ups, planks, and jumping jacks in your bedroom.
- Wake up your face. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize with the BLOOM by Young Living Brightening Skin Care Collection. Follow that up with a clean mineral sunscreen like this one.
- Brew some sereni-tea. Sip on Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea while you read, journal, or water your plants.
- Feed your brain. Listen to a podcast, do crossword puzzles, or research a subject that interests you. While you’re at it, diffuse an electrifying aroma like Spearmint or Motivation.
Whatever you decide to do, keep it short and sweet. You don’t need to jump into an hour-long morning routine—even a few minutes of intentional activity can change the whole tone for the day.
YL tip: If you have early-bird children who make it impossible to get a few minutes of alone time, involve them in your morning routine. Little ones can color quietly while older kids read, journal, or workout with you.
What does your morning routine look like?
Tell us in the comments!
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