Morning routines: How morning routines can help you overcome illness
Mornings are a time to get things done. Yes, that's right, done. Not half done or just started. 100% completed. Ticked off for the day.
“If you win the morning, you win the day”
- Tim Ferriss
It is best if you have a 60-90 min morning routine which you do not vary (or try not to). The whole point is to eliminate the need for you to make decisions.
How Morning Routines Help You Win the Day
Helps you feel in control
Reduces mental fatigue
Helps you feel a sense of achievement
Creates momentum and motivation to continue taking action
You will be more productive during the day
These benefits are amplified if you are dealing with chronic illness. Morning routines can help you to strengthen your mind, generate energy, eliminate toxins and help you prime yourself for the day. Whether that day is staying home, doing health treatments, going to work, the doctors or the shops or maybe looking after your kids - it all starts with how you set yourself up for the day.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
- John C. Maxwell
It is the routines, habits and rituals that you develop and practice every day that help heal your body every day. This is what sees results in 6, 12 and 18 months time. I feel people today want a “magic pill” - don’t get me wrong, I too would love for a magic pill to resolve all my health issues - but that’s not how life works. Life operates on a give more than you get; work hard, get rich; think good, feel good; and good comes to those who wait principle.
If I recommend drinking celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach, people want to see instant results after 3, 4 or 5 days. In more cases than not, this is not how it works. It is after drinking the celery juice every morning for 6, 12 and 18 months that results will start to show.
You can overcome your illness, one daily routine at a time.
The progress I have seen with my own health has come from years and years of:
Routines to kill pathogens and viruses
Routines to detox and eliminate the toxins
Routines to restore my energy levels
Routines to calm my body and put me into the parasympathetic state
It has been a constant process of trial and error with different routines to determine the best combination that serve my health. I have not cured myself, however, I have made good progress and know I am on the right path to wellness.
Tips When Creating Morning Routines
- Start small - with one thing and then build it up overtime.
- Be consistent - consistency is the key to overcoming illness. So is hard work, mental and physical strength, persistence, patience and faith ...but consistency is what will get you the results.
- Make it non-negotiable - don't allow yourself to choose whether or not you feel like doing the morning routines, make them non-negotiable (unless you are extremely unwell). Overcoming the initial hurdles will then allow your body to do it on autopilot.
- Just start - stop thinking, planning, brainstorming, wishing and start doing. There is no right or wrong routine and the best way to learn is through engagement. As Marie Forleo says "clarity comes from engagement, not thought".
Now, if you have gotten to this point and are thinking - that’s all well and good for you but most days I don’t have the energy to get out of bed or even out of the house, let alone commit myself to activities every single morning. If this is you, that's totally cool. I’m the first to understand, I have been there. However, I want you to remember habits and routines conserve your energy and take away that need to constantly make decisions or think. Overtime this will actually give you more energy and enable you to stack more routines onto your existing ones. I know some days you will feel too sick to commit but even on those days if you can push yourself to stay committed to something as small at it may be, you will feel better for it. Building the right routines into your day is how you make progress with your health. This is how you assimilate back into normality (whatever that looks like for you).
Brainstorming Morning Routines
Make your bed
Take a cold shower
Read a book
Brew some coffee or tea
Write morning pages (750 words about anything)
Journal about a topic
Work on a project or goal
Write out a plan for the day
Make some fresh juice
Jump on a rebounder
Spend time with your loved ones
Drink lemon water
Floss your teeth
Take your tablets
Say positive affirmations
Write 3 things you are grateful for
Step out into nature
Sit in the sun
Dry skin body brush
Take the dog for a walk
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”
Excellent health is no different - it all comes back to the routines we do repeatedly. Any routine is beneficial, however, morning routines are supercharged as they give you extra motivation, momentum and energy to complete other activities and routines during your day. I hope this article has sparked your thinking about what routines you are doing to prime your body and help you on your journey to overcoming illness.