5 Reasons You Need a Morning Routine

Hello, loves! I’m sitting in the airport and let me tell you, the people watching is on point! I am about to take off to California for a long weekend with my west coast fam (queue the squeals because I get to see my niece and nephew!) but as promised, I’m here to tell you why having a morning routine will change your life. Also, if you haven’t noticed, I am one for the dramatics--sorry not sorry. It wasn’t until I got the best job of being Ellie’s stand-in mom while my sister is traveling that I started developing the habit of a morning routine, but Ellie is up at 8:30 at the latest. I used to be the ‘sleep in till 10 am and then lay around all day’ type, and I definitely am still sometimes, but during the week I have made it a priority to have a consistent routine every morning! It has been the best decision I’ve made in a long time & I hope after this post you feel inspired to create one that works for you, too!

1. It gives you something to look forward to

This is hands down my favorite part about having a morning routine. I know that when I go to bed at night I get to wake up and make my smoothie, plus have my coffee (all the praises for that, am I right?!). As nerdy as it sounds, I actually get excited to go to bed to get up to have my smoothie & when I’m dragging to get out of bed in the morning, all I have to think about is that blender going with my favorite ingredients in it and I’m up. What makes you excited to get out of bed can be different for everyone, but including things that make you excited in your morning routine will make going to bed, plus getting up, that much better!

2. It sets the tone for the day

I’ve found that ever since I started my routine a couple of months ago, the rest of my day is that much more productive. I’m sure somewhere there is research on how and why this is true, but if you’re anything like me, just feeling more productive is good enough! Also, because I have chosen things I enjoy to be part of my morning routine, my day starts off on a positive note instead of feeling like I am being forced to do something--which I think is huge in shaping how the remainder of my day will go!

3. You can give your brain more time to wake up

I don’t know about you, but my brain moves extremely slowly in the mornings. Before I had my routine, I felt like I would lay in bed and have to think about what I had to do. Then, when I finally made the move from the coziness of my blankets to putting my feet on the floor, I felt exhausted all over again. But with a routine, my brain can move at its leisurely pace because it’s already programmed to know exactly what I’m going to do next. The ease into my mornings through having a consistent routine has actually made feel more awake, plus ready to get going;  not to mention, you can save that energy for later on in the day!

2. Consistency is key

This one has been huge for me with my ADHD brain.  I hate structure and I hate rules, but I NEED it to function. When it comes to making plans to see someone, I do much better if I know exactly when and where every week--and I’ve been like this my whole life. Something about having a ser plan that you can count on feels really good, and the best part about making your morning routine your consistent daily event is that you are in total control of it. I think when we are extremely consistent in one area of our lives, then it will begin to happen naturally in other areas as well. Who knows if this is actually true, but I know for my ‘all over the place brain’ this has been a huge necessity for me!

5. You can give yourself a little love

Whoever said that mornings have to be dreaded and awful? Honestly, I am not a morning person, but having a routine has actually made me enjoy them. This in no way means I will be chipper and want to chat your ear off, but I’ve selected things that I love to do to start my day and that reminds me that I matter. If you carve out that hour just to yourself to get up and get going, you’ll have more time to prepare for your day and as a result, it won’t feel so frantic. I know rolling out of bed right before you have to be somewhere is the easier option to pick (trust me, this was me like 2 months ago), but reminding yourself that you matter and that you deserve a little bit of ‘me time’ will make you feel like a rock star going into your day!

The truth is I never thought I would be a morning routine type of person, but I promise you it's so worth it! Are there things you guys do to be consistent with your morning routine or reasons why you love having a routine? If there are don't be shy and slide into my inbox! I hope these 5 reasons inspired you to try something new in the mornings & if that's the case I would love for you to share with me! 

XO Sum