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My morning routine is filled with a few things I attempt to do every morning as soon as I wake up. Realistically, I try to do at least three out of five on my list, and not beat myself up about not doing all of them. This point is the KEY for me. I don’t expect to get all of these done every morning. If I do 3 of them, that is awesome. If I do 1 of them because I’m in a hurry, then that’s ok. If I do 5 of them, then let’s do a happy dance, because that is amazing!
My daily morning routine is inspired by Tim Ferris’ morning routine from his book, Tools of Titans.
I began practicing my morning routine when I first got sober. I still would not consider myself a “morning person,” but I enjoy having time to myself in the morning to get me in the right headspace to conquer the day. No matter how crazy the day becomes, no matter what the people around me do or say, I can be in control of these few simple tasks that I get done every morning. Because my morning routine is now a daily habit, it is an important part of my recovery and my day feels off without them!
My Morning Routine:
Read Day by Day Books with My Coffee
I have a few “day-by-day” books that I read in the morning to inspire me and get me in a good mood. Each book has about a paragraph on each page for every day in the year.
Here are the meditation books that I read that are specifically for women in recovery:
Specifically for AA:
Other Books that I don’t read but have been recommended:
I also get an email called Daily Ponderables with the daily readings from these books. I read the email when I am traveling rather than traveling with all of my tiny books. Click here to subscribe for the Daily Ponderables email list.
Write from Morning Mindset Journal Prompts
Then, I write in a small notebook. Sign up for my email list here to get the journal prompts that I use every morning!
Next, I either turn on a guided meditation from my morning playlist on YouTube, or I turn on a timer on my phone and meditate quietly. Many people also use meditation apps on their phone, but that has not worked for me in the past.
I am definitely in the amateur stages of meditation and do not pretend to be an expert. However, like everyone that raves about meditation, I can tell a difference in my productivity and mood throughout the day when I spend a few minutes focusing on my breath in the morning.
Make My Bed
Making my bed creates the feeling that I will “win the day.” It is one of the first tasks of the day, and getting it done makes me feel accomplished. The goal is not to have it perfectly done hotel room style. I have a big duvet cover that I cover the bed neatly with, then I put the pillows in their place, and it’s done!
Watch this speech from a navy seal to get inspired!
Move My Body
Getting my body moving helps me to feel physically ready for the day ahead. I try to mix it up, but usually I go on a walk or run with my dog. If I am feeling cramped in my legs or shoulders, then I will do yoga or stretch. If I am not able to exercise in the evening (my usual time), then I will go to a workout class or exercise at the gym.
My Morning Routine Complete in Less than 15 Minutes
The list seems long, but, in reality, my morning routine takes me less than 15 minutes to complete at least three of these. I can always complete at least one. If I complete three to five, then I will definitely conquer the day! The more time I take to mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically prepare myself for the day, the better the day turns out.
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You can also check out my post about My Sobriety Toolbox for other methods I use to stay alcohol-free.