Tea Tuesday: Why Is A Morning Routine Important?
It’s 6:45 in the morning.
And if you had told me a few years ago, when I was still in my 9-5 job, that I would willingly wake up at 5am every morning - I would have laughed right in your face, and not even be embarrassed about it.
(Though I’m rarely embarrassed, especially when laughing.)
Now before you immediately write this post off because you think I’m going to start telling you to wake up at 5am every morning - I’m not, lol don’t worry. (Although honestly, 10/10 would recommend.)
But that’s not the focus of this post. What I do want you to do after reading this post is create a morning routine for yourself.
Full discloser, I actually hate (well, maybe hates a little strong of a word) how much I LOVE waking up at 5am; at least during the week — I’m a Generator in Human Design, so I like the Monday-Friday routine, even though I run my own business and make my own hours. But on the weekends, I give myself the grace to “sleep-in,” which is still only like… 8? …. Maybe?
So why do I hate that I love it? Because I legit don’t have an excuse to not do it. I know that if I decided one day to just sleep in and not wake up at 5, I would regret it by the time I did wake up. Because I know how much I love it, I know how productive I am when I do it, and I know how much better I FEEL!
Even my CrossFit game has improved since starting to wake up at this “ungodly” hour haha.
Sometimes I’m done my work now by like noon? And I don’t feel guilty about it because I know that I’ve put in a good 5-6 hour day already. I start working at 6:30am every morning now.
But wait, I just said I was waking up at 5am every morning, so what the heck am I doing for an hour and a half?
Well my good friend, I’m really glad you asked. From 5-5:15, that’s my “waking up” time: I turned off my alarm, I do my morning pee, I brush my teeth, and I do my AM skincare routine.
And then at 5:15 - the magic happens.
I start my morning routine.
Why Is A Morning Routine Important?
1. start your day with a full cup
K first things first, no I don’t expect you to wake up at 5am every morning AND I also don’t expect you to spend an hour and a half doing a morning routine every day.
I know not everyone has that luxury, and I want to meet you where you are.
But I will say, that your morning routine should be at an absolute MINIMUM - 15 minutes long. I think 30-minutes would be a nice sweetspot, especially for my 9-5ers reading this, but 15 is a really good place to start.
Because you want to make sure that you’re starting your day with a full cup.
What the heck does that even mean?
Imagine you had a nice, BIG, full steamy cup of Chai Latte in front of you, and a friend asked you to share. You would and you do, because you have a big, full cup in front of you. And it makes you feel really good to be able to do that.
Now imagine the cup empty, and a friend asks you to share. You’re much more likely to give an irritable, “Share what?! There’s nothing in here!” response, because well… it’s empty? What more do they want from you?
This is the importance of taking care of yourself first, filling your cup first, so that you’re able to be your true, glorious, beautiful, caring self throughout the rest of the day.
And not the irritable-SheGoblin that no one wants to be around (including high-vibe energy) — It’s like putting your oxygen mask on first on airplanes!
2. Activates the “mastery” brain
Last week, we talked about the primitive brain in Tea Tuesday: Moving Outside Of Your Comfort Zone. And this week, I want to talk to you about The Mastery Brain.
Now, I didn’t come up with this on my own. I got it from The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma (read it, if you want to). And hilariously enough, the beautiful synchronicities of the universe, I actually read about the Mastery Brain in this book, this morning, in my morning routine.
So it seems fitting that it’s aligned with what I want to talk about.
The Master Brain is the prefrontal cortex which is where all of your beautiful, higher-thinking comes from. It’s where your creativity stems from, your genius ideas, the parts of you that make you fabulously special and push you outside of your comfort zone.
When you spend time on yourself every morning, nourishing your mind, body and soul, you allow this Mastery Brain to come forward and take you closer and closer to realizing your actual potential.
3. programs how you perceive the day
There’s an activity I sometimes get potential clients to do, when I want to prove the point that perception shapes reality, and what we perceive within us, what we look for, is what we find, what we see, and what we register.
I want you to look around the room that you’re sitting in right now (sidebar: I was also about to type, “or if you’re driving...” because I’m so used to podcasting lol) and look for everything red in the room. A book, candles, shoes etc. Anything and everything that’s red in the room, find it, point it out, keep it locked in your mind.
Now close your eyes, and try to remember everything blue you saw.
It’s hard, right?
And that’s because you were so focused on everything red in the room, that’s all you perceived. You didn’t even acknowledge anything that was blue in the room. So everything red in the room became your reality.
It’s like when you get a new car, and you start to notice how many other people have that car. It’s not like all of a sudden you ALL decided to get the same car. It’s just that now that that particular car is at the front of your mind, that’s what you’re noticing.
When you start off your day with a full cup, nourishing your mind, body and soul, and functioning from a place of peace and gratitude, that’s what you’ll look for, focus on, and perceive in your world.
Solution: clarity college
If I’ve peaked your interest (and hopefully I did) in starting your own morning routine but you’re not sure how to go about it, there are A LOT of resources out there to get you started.
However, I’m all about trial-and-error, customization and reflection. I want you to find a morning routine that works for YOU. Not for me, not for so-and-so who recommends a morning routine this way - YOU.
And this is one of the first things I work on with my clients in my signature 1:1 program: Clarity College. In fact, they start working on it themselves in the pre-Foundational Program my clients receive. Then we work together on finding what works for you, what doesn’t, what you need and what you don’t, and how to fit it into your schedule.
Because something this important, the way we start our days (and as we know, how we spend our days adds up to how we spend our lives) needs to be special and customized to fit YOU, in order for you to get the most benefits out of it.
To get started, apply for a FREE Clarity Session at the button below to see how I can help you transform your mornings, and ultimately transform your life.