3 Changes To Make To Your A.M. Routine

ways to improve your A.M routine

So I'm not great at night routines, that was well established in my '3 Steps To Improve Your PM routine' post. 
 But what about morning routines I hear you ask? (I'm aware no one is actually asking this) but yep- a morning routine I do have and because of that I do actually feel mildly qualified to tell you a few ways you can improve your own A.M. routine. It's not about getting motivated like this post, it's more so about 3 really simple things you can do that can change how your whole day turns out. 


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Okay this one is actually really fun to do, and for me it doubles as a kind of meditation. So in the morning when you're laying in bed, think about what you want to do during the day and whatever you have planned, and see yourself going through your whole day. So if you want to go to gym and eat healthily, visualise yourself getting up, getting dressed, sipping some water then hitting the gym, having a sweat session and feeling really awesome afterwards. It's not a magic cure or anything but I find doing this each morning really helps me to get done what I set out to do for the day, because it's almost like just from visualising that I've already done it all! 


3 changes to make to your AM routine
Chances are your job involves looking at a laptop or computer and even if it doesn't, you probably spend a chunk of time looking at your phone throughout the day anyway. To give my brain a break from screens, I find spending at least my morning without a phone, laptop, Ipad or anything like that to be extremely therapeutic. So instead of checking social media or replying to emails in the morning, try staying away from technology or at the least, activating 'Airplane Mode' where you can. Seriously, even just having 15 minutes of tech-free time is calming because there's no interruptions or distractions coming at you and you can just sort of block out the world temporarily and be with your own thoughts.


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I can be really mean to myself. Weirdly, I am extremely sympathetic and empathetic to other people yet I struggle with treating myself the same way. One thing that's helped is being aware of my negative thoughts and countering them straight off the bat in the morning with positive thoughts/self talk. Don't click out of the post yet, I know 'positive self talk' is something people find wanky and will roll their eyes at but bare with me.

Your morning sets up your whole day, right? So if I look in the mirror and think "God my eyebrows look weird" (weird example I know) then that obviously doesn't leave me feeling that great. So I try to catch those thoughts and even if it makes me feel stupid, I'll say the opposite aloud. It's kind of a frustrating process at first but if you notice what you're saying to yourself and do this little process, eventually I've found that doing this in the mornings especially means my general thinking throughout the day is a lot more positive and hey, I'm gonna take more positivity wherever I can get it. 



What do you think about making these changes to your morning routine?

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58 comments:

  1. I try to avoid using any tech for the first 30 after I wake up, I feel like this way I wake up more relaxed and I'm more productive later! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Sounds like you've gotten into a good routine doing that, I agree that I always feel more relaxed when I take a tech break!

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  2. I'm definitely guilty of reaching for my phone as soon as I wake up, because you never know what may have happened overnight, but it would probably be nice to give myself a bit of time to wake up and have a shower and have breakfast before getting sucked into it, especially because I spend so much time sitting in front of a computer each day anyway.

    littlehenrylee.net

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    1. I used to think the same but then I figure you know, 15 minutes extra without seeing it when I wake up really wouldn't hurt, you know?

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  3. This is very inspiring and I'm taking this as a sign to reaally start doing them. I think what you do in the morning holds a lot of power on how the rest of the day is going to go. I've been meaning to better my mornings with methods like these but I haven't been in the right head space! Thank you so much for writing this out, it's really moved me to begin my better mornings. <3

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

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    1. Ah yes, take this post as a sign- I love that! My mornings usually set up my day as well, if I have a bad morning I find it pretty hard to turn things around...

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  4. These are great tips!<3
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  5. I don't like to look at my phone for at least half and hour in the morning. I meditate for 20 minutes every morning as close to when I wake up as possible and don't want any news or anything to set my monkey mind wandering any more than I can help it. Then when I've finished if I have time I imagine my perfect day or even remember a lovely day I've had- so similar to what you have suggested except I do it at the end of my meditation while I'm sitting up cos when I try to imagine, meditate etc while still laying in bed I always fall asleep! :)

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    1. Wow that's amazing that you've got that routine in place Phoebe, I would love to meditate in the morning but I usually don't allow myself enough time for that because I like my sleep :p

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  6. I used to be the kind of person who wouldn't look at my phone until I got to work but now I leap out of the bed and reach for my phone, all thanks to Instagram. I'm definitely not happy with it because I feel like I never enjoy a moment alone anymore. It's so scary to think how technology is taking over our lives without us even realising it.

    Lavanya | Elle Files

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    1. Oh for sure, don't even get me started on people's growing relationships with technology because I swear I could go into a massive tangent, haha.

      If you can try and get into your old habits or not looking at your phone because then at least your morning can be a little more stress free and you'll have that time to yourself? :)

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  7. I always like to put my phone away when I am first getting ready in the mornings. I find it so refreshing

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    Ellie xx

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    1. Same as me, or at the very least I'll put my phone on airplane mode and listen to a podcast while I get ready :)

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  8. Visualising your day ahead is SUCH a good tip and one I'm definitely going to start doing! xxx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. That's awesome, so happy you liked that tip Natalie!

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  10. Loving your tip about enjoying tech free time. I must get in better habits and start doing that!x

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  11. I so need to start doing all of these things! I sometimes end up a bit stressed out in the mornings from jumping into things too quickly - visualising the day going well, getting everything done is the perfect idea! XX

    franceskayleigh.com

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    1. Ah yay! I find my days turn out so much better when I do that :)

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  12. Positive self-talk is so important. I need to get used to going tech-free sometimes but it's so hard!

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. It can be a bit of a hard adjustment but I think it's worth it!

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  13. I definitely have to get better at not going straight to my phone when I wake up! Thanks for these tips =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

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  14. I like to visualise my day before getting out of bed too. I think about what I'm grateful for and then move onto what goals I want to achieve and things I want to get done that day. And I agree that positive self talk is so helpful, it's like you're channeling good vibes your way (as cheesy as that sounds). Great post. :D

    Samio x
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    1. Glad I'm not alone in that and it sounds like we do the exact same things, except I usually think about what I'm grateful for at the end of the day instead. I get what you mean about the good vibes as well, I feel like visualising does that as well :)

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  15. I really enjoyed reading this post, i can definitely agree with the last one! i've started "brain dumping" in my journal every morning to get all that out to start my day! I love positive affirmations too!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

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    1. Yay I always love finding other people that love positive affirmations :)

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  16. I need to do some of these-- especially the self talk one! I've been having a rough time trying to get out of bed in the morning lately ;)
    Julia | Julia in Bluhm

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    1. Oh I get that, I can sleep so hard- my bed is just so damn tempting!

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  17. Funnily enough I equate tech time in the morning to be productive to me! To be fair though, I usually wake up with barely 15 minutes to get ready (we all know that isn't enough) so if I have enough time to reply to some comments on Instagram or my blog, it's considered productive!

    Your third point made me think of something! I often use a lot of self deprecating humor, and my coach caught on to that and told me (in a nice way of course, lol) that if I keep saying that, then it's true. Made me think of it in such a different way!

    Becky @ star violet

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    1. I think a mix of non tech time and tech time in the morning is a pretty good idea, that way your brain gets a break but you still feel productive?

      I had a similar thing get pointed out about my humour as well and now funnily enough my humour has ended up completely changing!

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  18. I love the idea of visualizing your day, never tried that before. I'll start from tomorrow, thanks for sharing. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

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  19. I definitely need to start doing all of these, I'm terrible at getting motivated in the mornings! Thank you for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  20. These are some great tips! I do the second one already on my days off. I wake up I check the time on my phone then go eat breakfast, clean, and work out. I don't check my phone until noon! ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome Michelle, great minds think alike ;)

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  21. I hope I can keep up with that enjoying less tech time. I think it's kinda hard because the moment I wake up I use my phone to check emails and my social media accounts :) Anyway, thanks to all these tips! :)

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    SHAIRA
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  22. Tech-free time in the morning is a great idea and something I've been practicing this year. Number 3 is a total game changer - and something we should all keep in mind!

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Thanks Gabrielle, I agree that it's a massive game changer, it's just difficult to do sometimes!

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  23. I love, love, love this post! I think it's a good tip about visualising your day - when we visualise and when we're happy, things tend to go better as attract the positive energy. You know that I love reading your posts so can't wait to see the next one!

    Hope you have a great start to the week! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Yay that honestly makes me so happy to hear Layla, thank you!

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  24. I have been not looking at my phone after I turn off my alarm. I don't use it until I need to! Visualizing is a great tip to! I also click off tabs on my computer that have youtube and dailymail on it!

    Jordyn / junerobin.blogspot.com

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    1. Not using it until you need to is awesome Jordyn, have you noticed that doing that has made you less stressed at all?

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  25. I need to stop using my phone on a morning, as I do spend all day in front of a computer. Something I am definately going to start doing is tech free mornings xx
    Nicole xNicoleannx

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  26. Lately, I've been waking up about 15 mins earlier than I normally would and I just lay in bed thinking about my day and what my plans are. This is going great so far :D
    I also wrote a post on how to survive mornings if you wanna read :D - 5 ways to survive morning

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

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    1. Oh awesome that you've started visualising your day, do you find it's helping? :)

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  27. This tips are GOLD and I've been applying them which has been yielding more productivity. Enjoying tech free time is so good. I rely on my favorite books for those moments :)


    http://www.desiringsme.com/faux-floral-top/

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    1. Yay so glad they're working for you! There's nothing better than a good book, actually if you've got any good recommendations let me know!

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  28. Changing my self-talk is the best piece of advice I've seen on blogs today ahah! So true. I will also start to switch off my phone when I want to get results during the day. x

    Margaux / www.bonjourwhite.com

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    1. It's pretty hard changing your self-talk but I feel like in the end it'll pay off so much!

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  29. I am in love with this post! These are super positive changes that I should definitely make! The first thing when I wake up is check my phone (messages, emails, social media platforms) and then I get up and once I head to the kitchen to have breakfast I take my phone with me, which is terrible! These are 3 simple changes I really want to try to do, thank you for the inspiration!!

    Rita | Tea & Curls - 7 Tips on How To Fully Enjoy Your Vacation

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    1. Thanks Rita, that's really nice of you to say! Hopefully if you add these 3 changes into your routine you'll find it makes a positive difference :)

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