As people are considering alternatives to the idea of “hustle culture” and begin embracing a simple, slower lifestyle, the idea of creating slower morning routines has naturally come up.
Do you feel rushed and stressed trying to get ready for work, school, or other obligations. By taking your time and having a slower morning routine, you can reduce your stress levels. It can help you start the day in a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind.
This doesn’t mean every morning needs to be slow-paced and gentle, but the more often you can add it into your life, the less stressed and anxious you will feel overall.
Here are some of the many benefits of having a slower morning routine.
1 Your Day Starts Calm and Peacefully
A major benefit to having a slower morning is that your day starts so much calmer. When your day starts like this, the rest of the day tends to also be more stress-free as well. Think about the days when something bad happens right when you wake up. Your alarm didn’t go off and you’re now running late, or you wake up to a sick kid in your bed. Everything is just complete chaos, and you feel that stress for the entire day. That’s why it feels like when one bad thing happens, all the bad things happen. It’s your mindset already being in a negative, stressful state.
But imagine how different your life would be if you woke up calmly, happy, relaxed. If your morning routine was slow, intentional, and methodical. It makes all the difference.
2 It Gives You More Energy
Slow mornings do the opposite of what you think they will; they actually give you more energy, not less. People often think of them as lazy. But really when you get up slowly and naturally, your body adjusts to the day at a more balanced pace, and then your energy picks up naturally as well.
3 You Prioritize and Focus on What Matters to You
With a slow morning routine, you don’t have need to find the time for 10+ habits anymore. But this is actually a good thing. It allows you to prioritize your habits and only include what will really make you happy. Chances are, even if you have a long morning routine right now, a lot of those habits aren’t ones you like doing or are benefiting you as much as you think they are.
We can tend to think we should be doing what we see other people are doing. So when we see someone who does yoga in the morning or always drinks matcha tea, we want to do that too. But everyone is unique with unique needs, so what works for one person, might not work for you. This is why prioritizing tasks during a slow morning routine is so helpful.
For some slow morning routine ideas you might want to read-
8 ways to create a slow morning routine
9 habits for your slow morning routine
4 Everything You Do is With Intention
Similar to prioritizing your habits, the slow morning also allows you to do more things with intention. You know that every step you take in your morning is something you have thought a lot about, and know is going to benefit you greatly. It is not just mindlessly checking items off a list. You put a lot of thought into each step of your morning routine.
You no longer have the time to quickly go through a dozen tasks every morning, so instead you pick a few of the most important ones, and each one is done with intention.
5 You Feel More Productive
People with a slower morning often report being more productive. With a more intentional and mindful approach to your morning habits, you increase your focus and energy, and therefore feel ready to take on the day’s tasks. As opposed to a chaotic and stressful morning where you are rushed. Then that energy follows you around the rest of the day.
If you want to be productive, don’t try to do too much within the first couple minutes of waking up. Give yourself time to wake up, go through some healthy habits, make your bed, have breakfast, and then focus on working.
6 You Can Spend More Time With Loved Ones
Slower mornings can create opportunities for more meaningful connections with family members or pets, setting a positive tone for the day and improving overall relationships.
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