My Minimalist Morning Routine

Create a morning routine to help you gain more energy and better perspective

I have never been a morning person, but in more recent times I have learned to embrace those quiet early mornings; it has become the best part of my day. By embracing an early start with a routine, I get to start each day with a feeling of intention and increased productivity.

A minimalist morning routine is about stripping away the unnecessary, embracing simplicity, and creating a balance between your mind and body. This can also extend beyond personal rituals, and instead you can use this quiet time to include organising your physical environment, such as decluttering your living spaces, which will bring you a sense of clarity and achievement to begin your day with. 

Or you could literally just enjoy the peace and quiet and sit down with a coffee while repeating to yourself, ''I really hope my kid(s) sleep in today. I really hope my kid(s) sleep in today."

I also have a rule that I do not check my phone or emails while I am enjoying this me time. I try to avoid all distractions and just focus on certain things. I have different things I do each morning, which I started doing about a year ago, and it has really helped me a lot in different ways. 

What's that? You wish to know what they are. Oh, go on then; I will tell you.

Meditation

Yep, every morning I follow a meditation routine. I just select a random one from Youtube to try different ones. Since I started doing this, I just feel calmer after, and it only takes 10–15 minutes. It's a great way to start the day, and everyone should incorporate this into their lives. Honestly,  just give it a try. You can trust me; after all, I am a doctor. (I'm really not, BTW.)

Drinking At Least 2 Pints Of Water

I never used to drink as much water as I knew I needed to; it was just bland and boring to me. Personally,  I had always been a diet Pepsi Max guy. But each morning I drink at least 2 pints of water with lemon inside that I had put in the fridge the night before. I'm not sure how this helps me except to drink more water, but it has become a daily habit of mine.

And yes, I drink water throughout the day as well.

Exercising for 30 minutes

I go to the gym three times a week to do my strength training. I hate it because it is always busy, but I get it done. But in the mornings, I incorporate a bodyweight 30-minute routine that is a bit more cardio-based as I only do weights at the gym. Again, I select a random Youtube video that has stuff like push ups, squats, burpees etc and get it done. I try not to do the same ones too often and change it up so I don't get bored. 

I definitely feel more ready for the day and have more energy after this.

Have a Fairly Cold Shower

If you have never had a cold shower in the morning, then be known that studies have shown that having a cold shower has many benefits for your mind and body, and while I won't lie and say I stand under a cold shower for ages, my time has gotten better the more you experience it. 

Self Reflection

I always try to start the day with a positive mindset. I have suffered from mental health issues for a long time, and anything I can do to try and offset that and help me look at things differently, I will always try. 

And this is one thing that has really helped me. I try to focus on what I am grateful for, what goals I am aiming for, and how these goals, when reached, will impact my life in a positive way. It sounds silly, but it works for me.

And then the little one gets up, and that positivity goes out the window.

I jest!

Try incorporating your own regular morning routine into your life. You can do any number of things; everyone is different and responds to different things, but by taking a bit of time in the early morning where it is just you and the world without any distractions, you might be surprised about the positive impact this can have on you.

Good luck!

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