Teacher Self-Care: Creating a Morning Routine

Do you dread hearing the alarm clock go off and it takes you four more snoozes before you finally get up? Were you trying to make it into your classroom early but know it is impossible because you can’t get out the bed? Well, I don’t believe your mornings have to be like that at all. It would feel better to look forward to hearing your alarm, to look forward to taking that first step out of the bed and get your day started. Unfortunately, that is not the case for the majority of our society because people typically HATE waking up in the morning. Instead, explore new things and ask yourself, “What else is possible?” I invite you to try something new; something I think will help make getting out of bed easier and not a drag!

Create a morning routine

Make your mornings fun, meaningful and something to look forward to each day. Maybe you have a goal to get into your classroom an hour early to get a jump-start on your day. Maybe you just want to have some time to yourself before you have to get ready for work. There is so much power in waking up in the morning and being aware of your surroundings, how you’re feeling and taking charge of your morning. I find that waking up early in the morning and doing my routine has made it much easier to wake up each day. Here are some things you can do to get started on creating your perfect morning routine:

Change the sound on your alarm

downloadYou want to feel good about waking up in the morning, therefore, the first thing you hear when you wake up is very important. Try finding sounds that are suitable for you, remember this is the first thing you will hear when you wake up. It’s better to wake up to music that is inviting you into the new day. I like to use my favorite soundtrack scores, music from the app Calm or on my Spotify playlist.

Do the things that you love to do in the morning

 The beauty of waking up in the morning is that you can create the type of morning you want. Begin by making a list of the things you love to do, but you find it difficult to fit into your day. Review the list and circle at least two to three things that you can start doing each morning. I make sure I wake up at least an hour and a half early each morning. This allows me to do the things that make me feel good, make me happy and start my day on a positive note. I have tailored my mornings to fit my needs.

The things that I do in the morning are what get me out of bed, because I want to do them and I get excited to do them. For example, if you look forward to drinking your morning coffee then make that the first thing you do when you get up. Or you may love to write in your journal or read a few pages of a good book that you can’t seem to find time to read during the day. Maybe you want to start working out but can never fit in the time or the motivation to do it once your day gets started; use the morning to get it done! The point is that you can create a morning routine that will fit your needs and make you want to get out of bed.

Be consistent 

imagesOnce you have created your morning routine it is imperative that you STICK TO IT! There is no point in taking the time to create something and you don’t follow through on it. Try the routine out for a few days and monitor how you feel each day. Do you feel differently? Are you feeling more productive? Do you feel good about doing things that make you happy first thing in the morning? Check in with yourself and determine what is working for you and what isn’t working. You may need to wake up 20 minutes earlier than you intended in order to fit everything in.

The freedom in creating a morning routine is that there are no rules. You can tailor it to fit your needs and change it whenever you feel necessary. The goal is to do it everyday in order to make it stick. As long as you’re productive during the work week, you can use your weekends to rest. You just have to be consistent in order to make your routine a habit.

Do you already have a morning routine? Do you want to start one this year? Comment below and let me know some of the things that you already do to get your day started. We would love to hear from you!

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