Why You Need A Morning Routine + How To Create One
Morning routines, meditation, and distractions. Starting your day with a meditative morning routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Too often and far too many of us wake up in the morning and seek out pleasure. We fall back into the cycle and narrative of hedonism as we seek to stimulate ourselves.
I think that the best thing you can do for yourself is the cherish the first 20, 30 or even 45 minutes of your day as “your time”.
By “your time” I don’t mean just being alone, I mean your time is free from any source of external stimulation.
This could mean food, this could mean phone calls, emails, texts, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, everything…
Cut yourself off and meditate in some way or another.
Why You Need A Morning Routine
What’s also important is to do the same actions in the morning. Make this time of the day repetitive to reduce your decisions.
For example, this is my morning routine:
Negative visualisations (Stoic technique)
Turn on the kettle
Make green tea or coffee
Light a candle and drink the beverage
Meditate for 20, 30 or 45 minutes
Take a cold shower
After all of this is done in that specific order I’ll start the “real world” where I enter the chaotic nature of hustle and productivity.
The point is when you structure this part of your day you lessen the decision fatigue.
You will set yourself up for a more peace and grounded day because you have taken the time to recalibrate your true self, instead of jumping straight into the bullshit the world has to offer.
Example Of A Morning Routine
This doesn’t seem like much, but believe me, it can make an enormous difference in your life.
Despite the difference and changes meditation has on your brain (literal changes) on the corpus callosum, pre-frontal cortex, amygdala, etc….It’s worth doing simply for the reasons I have outlined.
That’s my challenge to you.
Create a morning routine, it only has to be 10-15 minutes if you’re very busy, but ideally as long as possible.
Set one and try it for 30 days.
Commit to it. I know some days it’s difficult to do because you may have a girlfriend over, or an appointment, or maybe something urgent comes up.