Does it Steal your Rocking Morning and Rocking Day?
You probably heard a few times before that morning routine is very important for productive days. How you spend your morning defines how you spend your day, what kind of energy level you have, how you feel physically, what your state of mind and mood is like, what you accomplish.
There are a lot of materials: books, articles, posts, podcasts, courses — on the subject of morning routine.
You can find information about the routines of famous successful people, morning rituals of millionaires or creative geniuses, athletes — anyone you admire.
For me personally, it seems like I hear something about morning routine almost every single day.
Maybe it’s because I’m working on perfecting my morning routine, figuring out what works best for me.
I did experiment with my morning a lot: best times to wake up, best place to do the routine, best ways to do every part of the routine, best sequence of my morning rituals — meditation and visualization combined with oil pulling, Tibetan rites and breathing practice, water, affirmations, writing, reading.
I more or less figured out the morning that produces the exact kind of a day I want.
But what I noticed is that my morning is not as important for me as my night routine.
How I go to bed and what I do before falling asleep, that last hour before bed matters much more than how I spend my morning.
Because my night routine actually sets up my morning and the day ahead.
Have you ever woken up feeling really lousy because you overate the night before?
Or because you had too much to drink?
Or because you had some stressful conversation or fight the night before?
Or because you were checking your email till falling asleep stressing out about work or some other issues?
My personal struggle is my night eating ritual, and checking email or social media right before bed, and chatting on whatsapp.
Sometimes I eat too much nuts at night(the whole 500 g bag or more!), or I have a big dinner right before going to bed instead of eating earlier because I was too “busy”, or I just binge on something as my conscious decision making suffers at night.
Sometimes I fall into a habit of working on my computer answering emails or writing comments, or answering some questions from my clients or friends on my phone right before falling asleep.
The worst for me is the food though.
I end up having lousy night sleep and then waking up in the morning feeling heavy, bloated, sleepy, grumpy.
Do you think I’m in the mood of doing my perfect morning routine then?
The only thing I feel like doing is falling back to sleep, or getting up and eating some more food, or complaining about something, or spending the morning doing mindless pointless activities like checking my email, chatting on social media, watching some TV series.
I don’t feel like doing anything productive, exciting, creative, challenging or fun. I just want to stay feeling lousy waiting for the day to finish to start a new one fresh.
Do you think that affects the way I communicate with the world around me and people?
You bet it does!
I’m not a fun person to be around on a day like that.
Most of the time after night eating I do my morning routine and I exercise, and I end up feeling a bit better having at least half as good day as it could be, at least I want to believe it is half as good as it could be.
But I definitely am not living my best day ever. That’s for sure.
Yes, morning routine on days like that helps to get the most out of my already fucked up day.
If I’m prefect with my night routine, boy, I’m just high on life!
I get up. Jump out of the bed. Do my morning routine perfectly and passionately. My morning rocks and my day rocks!
So I don’t know.
Are you struggling with your morning routine and getting up as early as you want?
Maybe, it’s time to re-evaluate your night routine?
What is it you do at night that might prevent you from resting well, waking up when you want and having rocking energy for your morning and the day ahead?
Some suggestions for your night routine from my experience.
• Stop eating and drinking lots of fluids, especially the ones that can keep you awake, 2–3 hours before bed time.
• One hour before bed stop checking emails, stop working, chatting on the phone. It’s time to quiet your mind, reflect on the day. It is NOT the time to be social or to work, or to check email.
OR EATING BAGS of NUTS!!!
• Read something good, useful or just enjoyable. Your mind will “marinate” in whatever you feed it before falling asleep for the whole night!
• Go for a short walk, maybe, and get some fresh air — that always helps me to put the worries, anxieties and the day behind.
• Reflect in your journal. Write down what are you grateful for today, what great thing happened, what you learned.
• Fall asleep with quiet mind and body ready to rest and recharge.
Wake up fired up for your rocking morning and rocking day ahead!
Share with me your experience.
I’d love to know what works for you, what your night routine is like, and how your night routine affects your morning and day.