Mornings are tough for most people, but they don’t have to be. They should be a time for reflection, introspection, and above all a time to connect with the creator. To create an effective morning routine, you cannot start the morning you decide to make a change. The secret to blissful mornings begins with restful nights.
1. Eat early
Try to have dinner earlier than you usually do. If you’re planning on making a big meal, save extra of certain ingredients for the next night’s meal. (Check out Miriam Miller’s Plan a meal Plan from our Spring issue for a guide and recipes on how to do this).
2. Cut out TV completely
If you’re having trouble, limit yourself to a half hour sitcom. If you’re feeling gutsy just cancel your cable.
3. Make time for relaxation
Allot at least half an hour to wind down before bed. Make sure to turn off all electronics. Some suggestions: stretch on your bedroom floor, drink a cup of tea in silence, read a good book or magazine.
4. Give all worries to God and trust that he will take care of whatever is on your mind
Before you doze off think about why you are making a commitment to be an early riser. Maybe you want to get in that extra cardio time for much needed endorphins. Perhaps you feel you’ve neglected your spiritual life and want to spend time with God. Whatever the reason, keep it in your mind and commit to it before falling asleep.
5. Set alarm and put it far away from your bed
Far enough so that reaching for the snooze button is not an option
6. Sleep early
To be truly rested, try to get at least 7-8 hours of good sleep time. Oh and don’t forget to set that alarm clock.
7. The time you rise is really up to you, but at least 3 hours before you start work/school is a good idea
This will give you ample time to meditate on a bible passage, pray, exercise, eat a hearty breakfast as well as make your commute to work. You may have to ease into this. Don’t immediately attempt to wake up an two hours earlier than usual. Try waking up 15 minutes earlier each day until you get to your desired time.
8. Drink a huge glass of water
Do this soon after you wake up and again before you head out the door. This will refresh and hydrate you.
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