Recently I made a move to give myself a morning routine. This is my time to myself before I need to face the world.
Now I will be the first to admit that I was hesitant thinking I didn't need a morning routine. I thought that waking up early and getting a kick start on my day would be enough. Oh boy was I wrong. I changed my morning routine. AND BOY WAS IT AMAZING.
The first thing I decided to do was not look at any social media. I didn't want to start my day with comparing myself with others, because let's face it, no matter how much self confidence you have that little devil in your head creeps forward every once in a while to make you feel that you are not good enough. So, instead of looking at any social media I replaced the habit. I now have a journal where I list at least 3 things I am thankful for.
Next, I focus on a mantra or affirmation. Why? Because it's like a power pose for me. Let's talk about power poses for a second. I have taken many management classes, team player classes, interview preps, etc, and in these classes the power pose has been brought up a number of times. Now since the paper came out in 2010 there has been other papers stating that the power pose doesn't have any claim. However, this is more of a self-psyching move. So my mantra helps me set myself up for the day. The mantra isn't the same, it changes each day, but it sets my mindset for the day, kind of like the power pose helps with confidence before a meeting, presentation, or interview.
Then after this I workout. At the beginning of each month I plan my workouts, for the entire month, yes, the entire month. I do it this way because then I don't have to worry about what I going to do each morning it is already planned. I don't allow to give myself a reason not to workout. It is already planned, I just have to show up.
Now I don't have kids. I don't have to worry about anyone other than myself. So my routine may be a little longer than what you can do, but even if you can make 15 minutes for yourself you will set yourself up for success each day. Why? Because you let yourself become top priority at the beginning of the day before you go on with your other responsibilities. Sometimes we get so wrapped up with our responsibilities that we never take time for ourselves.
The biggest thing I want to focus on is to not get on social media right away. That change for me has had the biggest impact thus far. I have always worked out and I have done my affirmations for about two months now. Social media though, I don't get on it now until mid morning. Those photos are staged. There isn't a single person that has it all together, we only believe they do because of what is posted. Always remember we only see what they want us to see. So focus on yourself and remember, you are number one, no one else is going to take care of you, and don't compare yourself to others. You do the best you can every day.