By: Katarina Kovacevic

Many people find that having a set morning routine helps them start the day off right. A morning ritual can maximize positivity, balance out your circadian rhythm and build long-lasting healthy habits that improve other aspects of your work and life, too. When it comes to creating a morning routine, it’s all about finding easy activities that inspire you personally and professionally. Here are four ideas from our very own Thrive members!

Just Get Things Started – Chelsi Jo Moore, Entrepreneur & Designer

“My morning routine is my life-line because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Number-one is getting up as soon as my alarm goes off. That’s right – no snooze button on my side of the bed. Not only does this give me those extra 15 to 30 minutes back, but I also empower myself to do hard things all day long because I’ve already done one of them right off the bat. Following that, I do a written devotional with hot herbal tea while I wait for the sun to come up. Once that sun is up, my curtains are drawn back and I get dressed and ready for the day, and then take a quick look at the day’s events before I’m off to the races.”

Do A Bedside Exercise – Joyce Brinton, Coach & Energy Light Worker

When you first wake-up in the morning, sit at the side of your bed and go through this simple exercise to slowly bring movement and awakening into your body:

  1. Roll your eyes to the left for the count of 12, then to the right for the count of 12
  2. Move your neck back and forth in a “yes” motion to the count of 12, then back and forth in a “no” motion to the count of 12
  3. Roll your arms forward to the count of 12, then backward to the count of 12
  4. Twist at the waist for a count of 12
  5. Reach up with arms right and left 12 times on each side
  6. Reach side to side 12 times at each side
  7. Reach for your toes right and left each side 12 times
  8. Move your hips like a hula-hoop 12 times to the left and 12 times to the right
  9. Circle your knees 12 times to the right and then 12 times to the left
  10. Move your right foot up and down 12 times, circle to the right and left each 12 times, then do the same on the left foot

Settle In For A Meditation – Joyce Brinton

“Sit in a comfortable meditation position with your spine straight, legs crossed and, if you can, with your hands open in your lap. Breathe in to the count of six, hold to the count of three. Breathe out to the count of six, hold to the count of three. You can have soft music playing if you want and do this for at least two minutes or as long as you like.”

Listen To Your Body & Prioritize Sleep – Katarina Kovacevic, Writer, Editor & Blogger

I’m dropping my advice here because a healthy morning routine has become an essential part of my life and I think I may have a slightly different take on it. So, I want to share in case it helps any of you! First and foremost, I do not wake up any earlier. I fully respect and understand the philosophy of the early bird, but I’ll be completely honest: Waking up early left me exhausted, grumpy and all-around resentful – ha! It just wasn’t for me. Now, I prioritize sleep with an early-ish bedtime and usually wake up just a few moments before my daughter does at 7 a.m.

Once she and my husband are out the door around 8 a.m., I take about 30 minutes for my morning routine, which usually consists of a quick meditation with my Insight Timer app, a card-of-the-day Tarot draw to set my intention and a few minutes of journaling. When that’s wrapped, I get ready and head into the office here at Thrive. This means I’m not usually starting work until about 9:30 a.m., but you know what? Part of the reason why I decided to work for myself is to have greater flexibility in my day. So, I’m just done feeling guilty about it. I do what my body and brain ask of me, and I’ve seen improvement in my energy and efficiency levels. So, I’ll finish off by saying: Do what feels right for you and don’t apologize for it.

What is your morning routine? Share it with the Thrive community in the comments below!

Katarina Kovacevic is the owner of Redefined Communications, a company offering blogging and ghostwriting services for women in leadership, and female-focused and purpose-driven businesses. She’s also the founder and editor of RUBY Media, a digital media company that promotes female camaraderie, supports sisterhood and inspires women to make a difference in the world. You can connect with Katarina on Instagram or LinkedIn, or with RUBY on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.