Starting your day off on the right foot is an important part of setting yourself up for success. A morning full of positive energy and healthy habits will help you in a multitude of ways. From teaching you self-discipline to improved relationships, here are a couple ways a morning routine can change your life for the better.
When we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the day ahead, we tend to take it out on the people who are closest to us. A morning routine can help us avoid that negativity by providing us with some structure and organization. Jodi Clarke wrote an article for verywellmind.com stating, “As we start building a morning routine that allows us to feel more confident, productive, and resilient, we might find that our relationships feel closer, more connected, and positive as well.”
A lot of our confidence stems from our belief that we can get things done. Setting goals and accomplishing them can do wonders for how you feel about yourself! Clarke also wrote, “Self-efficacy is a term that refers to our belief that we can achieve goals and complete tasks—a belief in our own abilities. Different from self-esteem, which is an overview of our feelings of self-worth, self-efficacy is more influential in helping us build confidence and resilience.”
Humans Thrive on Routine
It’s no secret that we as humans are extremely comfortable in settings where we know what to expect. One writer explains that our routines can be referred to as ‘cues’ and they are what get us through the day. In an article written for thriveglobal.com, Gregor Moniuszko wrote, “In the morning, we use one routine as a cue for the next one and can easily create long chains.” When we combine these long chains of ‘cues’ with our willpower, it can be incredibly powerful. After a few weeks of exercising this willpower, our routines become easier for us to manage and we begin to thrive due to new, positive changes.
Self- discipline is a huge factor in a morning routine. When we exercise our willpower in the morning, we’re setting the tone for the rest of our day. Moniuszko also wrote, “Most organisms on this planet, including you, run in cycles. The daily 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm and is responsible for a balance between eating, sleeping and various other physiological processes. The circadian rhythm of human willpower is simple. The amount of available willpower is highest right after sleep. During the day, willpower is used and it reaches minimum level in evening. Therefore, people often break resolutions at the end of the day.” If we adhere to our routines first thing in the morning and complete the chain reaction of positive choices throughout the day, it will be easy to carry your self-discipline into the evening.
The positivity that comes from establishing a morning routine is immense. Try creating one to see how it can improve your life.