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How to Find your Morning Routine

Justin Shiels

There was a time where I always found myself waking up and already feeling behind. I’d jump into the shower while brushing my teeth, hurry to throw on my cleanest smelling shirt and race out the door. I started my mornings in a total rush and carried that frenetic energy through the rest of my day. 

As I’ve worked to establish balance in my life, I’ve slowly started to build a morning routine that works for me. This set of daily actions makes me feel energized, optimistic, and ready to conquer the day. 

To help you find some inspiration for your morning routine, I’ll tell you what I do:


Skip social media and give thanks.

I used to scan my social media and email the second I woke up. In a half daze, I would plan out the things I needed to accomplish for the day. Not really focusing on my plan or taking a minute to appreciate being awake.

Now in the morning, I spend my first moments giving thanks for waking up and for the opportunity to walk in my purpose.

 

Find a daily mantra.

After a moment of praise, I read my morning mantra. I discovered this during a dark moment in business when I was having trouble with a difficult client. This Abundance Prayer helped to reframe my mindset and shape my attitude to encourage opportunity, instead of focusing on lack. 

 

From The Light of God, that I Am.

From The Love of God, that I Am.

From The Power of God, that I Am.

From The Heart of God, that I Am.

 

I Decree–I dwell in the midst of Infinite Abundance. The Abundance of God is my Infinite Source. The River of Life never stops flowing. It flows through me into lavish expression. Good comes to me through unexpected avenues and God works in a myriad of ways to bless me. I now open my mind to receive my good. Nothing is too good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to have happen. With God as my Source, nothing amazes me. I Am not burdened by thoughts of past or future. One is gone. The other is yet to come. By the power of my belief, coupled with my purposeful, fearless actions and my deep rapport with God, my future is created and my abundance made manifest. I ask and accept that I am lifted in this and every moment into Higher Truth. My mind is quiet. From this day forward I give freely and fearlessly into life and Life gives back to me with magnificent increase. Blessings come in expected and unexpected ways. God provides for me in wondrous ways. I AM indeed grateful. And I let it be so.

– author unknown 

 

Note: While I consider myself a Christian, I encourage you to adjust the mantra to suit your individual needs. Here are some non-denominational options to check out.  

 

Get motivated with a morning podcast.

After showering and brushing my teeth, I listen to “How I Built This” while getting dressed. This NPR podcast follows the stories of interesting business owners and their personal process of starting their multi-billion dollar companies. I enjoy it because it’s a daily reminder that even the largest companies all started somewhere.

If podcasts aren’t your thing, I recommend finding a song that can be your morning anthem--something that makes you feel hype, encouraged, and ready to kick some ass. 

 

Eat a simple, healthy breakfast. 

I’m usually not hungry in the mornings, but I’ve started eating breakfast because it leads me to making better food decisions throughout the day (primarily because I’m not starving by lunchtime.) I normally add fresh avocado to a couple pieces of toast or eat a fried egg with an apple. 

 

Add pinch of Cinnamon to your Coffee.

I’ve gotten into the habit of making cold brew coffee at home with a pinch of cinnamon instead of cream and sugar. Not only does it save a few bucks every day but it ensures that I am fully caffeinated by the time I get to work and it saves me from a few calories. According to Greatist, adding cinnamon to your coffee:

  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Softens sugar spikes and reduces cravings
  • Relieves congestion
  • Reduces stiffness in joints and muscles
  • Increases brain function

 

*Bonus: Let go of the alarm clock.

From an article in Forbes, I learned that Pharrell Williams doesn’t use an alarm clock. I quickly decided that I would try this technique and after months of sleep training, my body naturally wakes up around 6:45am every single morning. Letting go of the alarm clock was a truly liberating experience.

There are a few times I do use an alarm clock. Like if I have a meeting before 9am, I will set the alarm just in case. And during Daylight Savings Time where it can take me up to a month to adjust. Other than that, I’ve exchanged being shaken awake by the stressful buzz of my cellphone for rising in the morning by a natural connection with my circadian rhythm and my connection to the universe. 

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In total, my morning routine is right under an hour and helps me to feel ready to create and conquer. Most importantly, it has set my mind on being positive, reaching for the big goals, and having a productive, meaningful day. 


Justin Shiels

By day, Justin Shiels is a Creative Director at a tech company in Austin. And his passion is using words and pictures to change the hearts and minds of people.

SoCurious started from his personal journey of self acceptance and deep self love. The purpose of this project is to translate the key learnings from therapy and self help books into practical wellness tips.

How to Find your Morning Routine

September 21, 2021

Skip social media and give thanks.

I used to scan my social media and email the second I woke up. In a half daze, I would plan out the things I needed to accomplish for the day. Not really focusing on my plan or taking a minute to appreciate being awake.

Now in the morning, I spend my first moments giving thanks for waking up and for the opportunity to walk in my purpose.

 

Find a daily mantra.

After a moment of praise, I read my morning mantra. I discovered this during a dark moment in business when I was having trouble with a difficult client. This Abundance Prayer helped to reframe my mindset and shape my attitude to encourage opportunity, instead of focusing on lack. 

 

From The Light of God, that I Am.

From The Love of God, that I Am.

From The Power of God, that I Am.

From The Heart of God, that I Am.

 

I Decree–I dwell in the midst of Infinite Abundance. The Abundance of God is my Infinite Source. The River of Life never stops flowing. It flows through me into lavish expression. Good comes to me through unexpected avenues and God works in a myriad of ways to bless me. I now open my mind to receive my good. Nothing is too good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to have happen. With God as my Source, nothing amazes me. I Am not burdened by thoughts of past or future. One is gone. The other is yet to come. By the power of my belief, coupled with my purposeful, fearless actions and my deep rapport with God, my future is created and my abundance made manifest. I ask and accept that I am lifted in this and every moment into Higher Truth. My mind is quiet. From this day forward I give freely and fearlessly into life and Life gives back to me with magnificent increase. Blessings come in expected and unexpected ways. God provides for me in wondrous ways. I AM indeed grateful. And I let it be so.

– author unknown 

 

Note: While I consider myself a Christian, I encourage you to adjust the mantra to suit your individual needs. Here are some non-denominational options to check out.  

 

Get motivated with a morning podcast.

After showering and brushing my teeth, I listen to “How I Built This” while getting dressed. This NPR podcast follows the stories of interesting business owners and their personal process of starting their multi-billion dollar companies. I enjoy it because it’s a daily reminder that even the largest companies all started somewhere.

If podcasts aren’t your thing, I recommend finding a song that can be your morning anthem--something that makes you feel hype, encouraged, and ready to kick some ass. 

 

Eat a simple, healthy breakfast. 

I’m usually not hungry in the mornings, but I’ve started eating breakfast because it leads me to making better food decisions throughout the day (primarily because I’m not starving by lunchtime.) I normally add fresh avocado to a couple pieces of toast or eat a fried egg with an apple. 

 

Add pinch of Cinnamon to your Coffee.

I’ve gotten into the habit of making cold brew coffee at home with a pinch of cinnamon instead of cream and sugar. Not only does it save a few bucks every day but it ensures that I am fully caffeinated by the time I get to work and it saves me from a few calories. According to Greatist, adding cinnamon to your coffee:

  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Softens sugar spikes and reduces cravings
  • Relieves congestion
  • Reduces stiffness in joints and muscles
  • Increases brain function

 

*Bonus: Let go of the alarm clock.

From an article in Forbes, I learned that Pharrell Williams doesn’t use an alarm clock. I quickly decided that I would try this technique and after months of sleep training, my body naturally wakes up around 6:45am every single morning. Letting go of the alarm clock was a truly liberating experience.

There are a few times I do use an alarm clock. Like if I have a meeting before 9am, I will set the alarm just in case. And during Daylight Savings Time where it can take me up to a month to adjust. Other than that, I’ve exchanged being shaken awake by the stressful buzz of my cellphone for rising in the morning by a natural connection with my circadian rhythm and my connection to the universe. 

 ---

In total, my morning routine is right under an hour and helps me to feel ready to create and conquer. Most importantly, it has set my mind on being positive, reaching for the big goals, and having a productive, meaningful day. 


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