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My Personal Morning Routine

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Call me crazy, but I don’t think a cookie-cutter morning routine really works all that hard for people. Sure, you’re getting stuff done, but if it’s not restoring you or helping you connect with yourself, it’s kind of just another to-do list. That’s why the vibe at Morning, Human! is more about personal discovery than perfecting a “that girl” regimen. It’s about finding that sweet spot where you’re feeling rebalanced and prepped for the day but not already spent by 9 a.m.

And finding that sweet spot is very much a personal journey. I was burnt out, exhausted, and looking for relief when I first started investigating morning routines. But to be honest, when I went through all the typical routines influencers and google searches served up, none of them clicked for me. I had to mix, match, and mess up a bunch before I landed on something that actually felt right.

But part of the process was looking at other people’s routines for ideas and inspiration, so that’s why I’m sharing mine.  Read on to see how I spend my morning keeping one caveat in mind: it works wonders for me, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all routine. I promise it’s worth the effort to figure out what works for you.

My Morning Ritual

Here’s the morning routine I do almost every day
and all the helpful items that I rely on to get it done.

6:40 a.m. – wake up I usually set my alarm for sunrise, and a little earlier in the winter. This wouldn’t be possible without my sunrise alarm clock. Most days I don’t even need it. It’s trained me to wake up naturally at first light. (You’ll find a detailed review of this alarm clock here.)

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6:45 a.m. – coffee I throw on some yoga clothes and head to the kitchen to brew some coffee in my pistachio-green Moccaaster – a splurge I don’t regret for a minute; it makes the best coffee. While it percolates, I check the weather on my phone and do the day’s Wordle. After that, I skip screen time until it’s time for work.  

6:50 a.m. – settle in My small office is the only place I have privacy at home, so that’s where I roll out my mat in the morning. I love this one from Jade Yoga because its cushiony enough for my knees and sticky enough for my downward dog. And I have serious back issues, so I use a meditation chair while I’m seated on the mat. Finally, I light my favorite grapefruit candle from Jonathan Adler. The scent is energizing, and I like the sunny glow the yellow glass gives off. Mood set, I’m ready for a little reflection.

7:00 a.m. – journaling With my coffee at my side (I keep it hot in an ember mug and I want to make out with whoever invented this magic device), I do a short micro-journal entry, mostly about how I’m feeling, or anything of note that’s happened in the last 24 hours. After that, I do a “3 question” journal session on a piece of paper to prepare myself for the day ahead. Here’s a free download if you’d like to try it.

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7:10 a.m. – meditation I’m not a great meditator, but I’m working on it. I usually try a 10-minute track from whatever app I currently have a free trial for, or search Spotify for a new meditation. I try to pick my track the night before because I can quickly phone-spiral searching for one in the morning. Staying focused is a bit of a struggle for me, but I find practicing a mantra-based meditation and using meditation beads really helps.

7:20 a.m. – stretching As a deeply unflexible human (see also, lower back pain), I try to keep this simple. I run through a few sun salutations, a long child’s pose, and a few stretches I’ve learned to work on someday (someday!) being able to touch my toes. My foam yoga blocks and yoga strap are lifesavers, even in this short routine. I choose a playlist according to my mood. Sometimes it’s instrumental, sometimes it’s high vibe.

7:45 a.m. – walking After rolling up my mat. I’ll throw on shoes and a jacket and take my dog for a walk. If the weather is bad, or I have a morning appointment, I’ll do a 10 or 15-minute walk. Just enough to get some natural light and fresh air. If the weather is nice and I have the time, I’ll head to Central Park for a longer walk – sometime up to an hour. I honestly do my best thinking on these walks, so I don’t mind starting work a little later to get one in.

Then of course, there’s all the getting ready/eating breakfast/teeth brushing business of the morning, but I personally don’t consider that part of my morning ritual. By that time, my brain has shifted gears and I’m mentally running through my day.

9:00 am – moment of calm And finally, right before I sit down at my desk, I do something to mark the shift into work mode. I’ll read an affirmation card, take a few deep breaths, or read a short poem. This small act reminds me that I am a human being who does more than sit in front of a computer all day. (Shh. Don’t tell my boss.)

Staying Flexible and Focused on What Matters

So that’s my own personal morning routine, and I’ve been doing it almost daily for a couple of years now.  I made a point to include movement, mindfulness, and morning sunshine in my routine. I know if I’m getting those three things, I’m going to have a better day.

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One of the few gifts of the pandemic was the switch to remote work. Since I no longer have a commute, I’m able to dedicate an hour to my morning rituals most days, and more in the summer when I wake up crazy early.

That said, life is unpredictable, so I stay flexible and show myself grace when I’m running short on time. Sometimes that looks like fitting in a 5-minute meditation and some journaling, sometimes it means skipping it entirely. I feel better when I start my day with this routine, so I try not to skip more than one day a week, but it does happen. And that’s fine.

As this site grows, we’ll share the morning routines of people from all walks of life for ideas and inspiration on how to create your own. If you’re just getting started with morning routines, this article will guide you through the basics. And to infuse your morning routine with meaning, check out this article, too.

Don’t forget to download your free copy of three morning questions for your journal sessions.

Now I’d love to hear from you! Share your favorite part of your own personal morning routine in the comments below.

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  1. This list is amazing! I think building a sustainable and achievable morning routine is something that can set us up for a successful day. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love your routine. I find my day is calming and smooth when I have a routine and plan to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am always so interested to hear how people start their days. I incorporate many of the same steps (i.e. coffee, yoga/stretching, meditation, some form of outdoor exercise) and it really sets my days on the right path.

  4. I think it is awesome that you dedicated time to you every morning! It is so important to start the day being mindful and with intention. Thanks for sharing your morning routine with us!

  5. Your morning routine sounds amazing! It’s so simple, same time has everything to have an amazing start of the day!

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