5 Things I Do Every Morning
🎵 I wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy 🎵
Yeah, that’s not usually how it goes. Mornings are weird for me; I like waking up early and getting a jumpstart on the day, except I don’t really like the feeling of waking up early. I’m a morning person that doesn’t like getting up in the mornings… Strange, I know. It probably has something to do with the fact that I’m kind of a night owl and don’t always get to bed on time. It’s a conundrum, but I’m working on it. I just like sleeping and warm blankets and comfy beds. And if I could live my life in dreamland, I would totally do it. But that’s why I rely on my morning routine to remind me what it’s like to be a productive member of society. These are just a few of the things I do to keep myself on the right track.
1. Make my bed
I think everyone’s probably seen the video of Admiral McRaven giving a commencement speech at the University of Texas. He’s the one who famously told the graduates that the first step to changing the world is by making their beds.
He said the simple act of making your bed will give you the sense of accomplishment needed to finish the next task, and the task after that – which is true! I’ve been making my bed every day since I was six (thanks, Mom) and it’s literally the first thing I do when I wake up, even if I’m still half asleep. It gets the ball rolling.
2. Listen to a positive message
I usually do this while I’m getting ready. It could be worship music, a podcast, a recorded sermon, or an audiobook. And I’m usually still walking around like a zombie trying to wake up, so I sometimes don’t even pay attention to what’s playing. But I do know that my subconscious is listening, and I always want to make sure it’s focused on the positive instead of the negative. I used to listen to the news first thing in the morning and realized that it cast a shadow on my whole day – I would tend to react negatively to different things that happened during the day. When I changed that around, my whole attitude changed with it.
3. Do my hair
I’m not fully dressed until my hair is done.
My mom would always get on my brother’s case whenever he forgot to brush his hair. She’d say that being fully dressed means more than just wearing clothes – it means your teeth are clean, your hair is brushed, and your jeans are wrinkle-free.
Your physical appearance isn’t the most important feature about you, but it is important. It communicates to the rest of the world how you think about yourself. If you don’t think you’re worth the extra attention it takes to look good (whatever that may mean to you), then you give permission for everyone else to agree with your low standards.
4. Read the verse of the day
Psalms 1 says blessed people are those who meditate on God’s Word day and night. I don’t always have the time to meditate on the Word in the mornings (blame my weird not-so-morning person problems), but I do want to make sure I at least get a taste of the Bible before too much time gets away from me. So, I use the YouVersion Bible app, which sends me the verse of the day every morning.
It gives me a minute to refocus on what really matters before I get too caught up in the drama of the world.
5. Eat breakfast
It happens to you, it happens to me, it happens to all of us. I call it hangry-ness. A hangry Hannah is not a happy Hannah. I like being happy, so I eat. Just keeping it real!
As you guys know, I’m always trying to better myself and grow all the time. It’s kind of a lifestyle for me! So, I felt this list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include some other habits I’m trying to change or develop when it comes to my mornings. And I’m always open to suggestions, so if you have any please send them my way!
Wake up as soon as my alarm goes off (without hitting snooze four times).
Not reach for my phone before I even open my eyes.
Wake up early enough to workout.
Have enough time to get ready without rushing out the door.
I’m a work in progress!
I don’t think any of these things are special, but I was honestly struggling to figure out what to write about, so here we are. Hope it’s relatable and encourages you!
As always, thanks for reading!