Over the last few months, I’ve been honing in on getting down a regular daily routine. I am close to getting one down, but there is still much to tweak. Beyond that, I am working out a simple weekly routine as well.
What’s the point? Well, if we only have a finite number of days to live our lives, then we only have a finite amount of time to get all the dreams and tasks done that are meaningful to us. A routine helps us accomplish goals at a steady and consistent rate. It goes along with doing a little something every day toward a project or personal goal.
Let’s use my goals as an example. Here are three goals of mine:
1. Progressively improve my piano skills.
2. Write more and write better.
3. Keep my body weight at a healthy and stable number.
So, how do I incorporate these goals into a daily routine?
I do something about them every morning after I wake up.
1. In the morning, I play on my electric keyboard (at a quiet level so that I do not wake anyone up) for at least 15 minutes in the morning. I always start off with finger dexterity exercises and then I explore a little with chords or progressions I am not as familiar with.
2. I write a paragraph in a daily journal every morning, and I am now starting to write my blog posts in the morning as well. Practice makes perfect, and being able to compose my thoughts in smooth, engaging, and coherent ways is what this helps me do.
3. After I wake up and before I eat anything, I step on my scale to check my weight. This acts as a reminder to keep doing what I do to stay healthy.
In addition to these three practices, I also spend some time with my cat as well as give him his morning feeding. Whether it is water or coffee, I also make sure that I start to take in fluids to nourish my body at the start of every day. The next addition to the morning routine will be adding some sort of simple physical exercises that involve some weight training and stretching.
Here are some other suggestions for morning rituals that relate to personal wellness:
- Sitting outside on a balcony, deck, or backyard to have a quiet moment surrounded by nature.
- A morning shower to feel cleansed and refreshed.
- Two or more minutes of mindful breathing and meditation.
- Saying or writing down something for which you are thankful.
- Making your bed to create a sense of calm and order in your bedroom.
There isn’t much to it all as long as you keep your rituals simple and easy to accomplish. It may also help to wake up earlier to give yourself more time to do them.
When I start my day with my morning rituals, I move forward with a sense of accomplishment. I create a foundation for my day that involves practices that make me feel good and stronger. It gives me a sense of groundedness knowing that I have addressed my own wellness and inner desires first and foremost. If the rest of my day becomes miserable, I will at least have accomplished my daily rituals, and as such, I do not feel so bad.
Think about creating morning routines/rituals for yourself. How would you like to start your day? Start every day well and make it your own.