Get your day started right with these 10 + morning routine ideas for Christian women! Updated!
Do you ever have those mornings where you feel like you got up on the wrong side of the bed, and the rest of the day just goes downhill from there? It happens to the best of us! Fortunately, just adding a couple of conscious actions to your morning routine can make all the difference and take you from, “can’t I just go back to bed” to, “I’m ready to embrace the day!”
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These 10+ ideas are things that I personally do and really enjoy as part of my own morning routine. They energize me, clear my mind and thoughts, help me be more present, and deepen my connection with God. I think if you give them a try, you’ll discover they can make your mornings amazing, too!
If you do try out a few of these, or if you have your own morning practices that you love, let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear what works for you!
A note before you begin -
An uplifting morning routine really starts the day before. Before you go to bed, set the intention to have a great morning. Go to bed early enough to get a full and restful night's sleep, and plan to get up early enough so you don't feel rushed as you prepare for the day.
If you need ideas for an evening routine to help you prepare for a restful night's sleep, hop over to my Evening Routine Ideas HERE for a few suggestions.
1. Brush your teeth first thing…
…even before drinking water!
Hopefully, most of us brush our teeth in the morning, but we might not think to do it before eating or drinking anything.
I learned the importance of starting the day first thing with a sparkling clean mouth when I was researching how to incorporate Ayurveda (an ancient Indian health and well-being system) into my daily habits. The complete Ayurvedic morning cleaning routine is pretty extensive, and while I don’t follow the whole Ayurvedic system, I do take the time to thoroughly brush my teeth, including giving my tongue a good brush, to remove the yuckies and muckies, almost as soon as I roll out of bed. Having a fresh mouth helps me feel refreshed and ready to start my morning.
2. Drink a glass of water
A glass of water first thing (after you’ve brushed your teeth, of course) helps to flush toxins from your system, rev up your metabolism, and rehydrate your body after a night of not drinking anything while you sleep.
Bonus idea: make it a cup of warm lemon water - with freshly squeezed lemon juice, of course. Lots of people in the know tell us that drinking lemon water is very beneficial, including helping to improve digestion, boost immunity, and flush the system. All good things!
3. Allow yourself a moment of awe for God's creation
No matter the season or the weather, step outside for a few minutes. If it happens to be cold or rainy, wrap up in a snuggly blanket before heading out.
Engage each of your senses one at a time to reconnect with your body and environment – notice the ground underneath you or the temperature of the air, try to identify any smells, notice any tastes in your mouth (another reason to brush your teeth first thing 😉), listen for the sounds of nature, and look for all the beauty surrounding you.
We live in a stunningly beautiful world, but it's easy for us to become numb to it as we busily move through our days. Step out of the numbness and intentionally be awestruck by God's creation!
You can do this even if you live in a very urban area. Nature is everywhere, and taking a few minutes to engage your senses and connect with it will help you move through the day feeling more grounded, centered, peaceful, and filled with a sense of wonder.
4. Make your bed…
…and tidy your space.
Making your bed and cleaning up any extra stuff lying around – like water glasses, socks that you threw off in a huff in the middle of the night, or extra books on the nightstand – help to freshen your space and your mind, and give you a sense of accomplishment right at the start of the day. Not bad for a couple of minutes of effort!
5. Move your body
Nothing gets the blood flowing and your energy up to embrace the day more than a bit of movement. If you can fit a full workout into your morning routine, great! But just a few stretches, maybe a couple of sun salutations, or dancing around the shower to some upbeat music will give your mind and body a fantastic boost.
6. Express gratitude
Take a moment to think of or write down one or two things you are grateful for. Starting the day with gratitude reminds us of all the good in our lives that God has gifted us with and helps us to stay positive and thankful throughout the day.
7. Spend at least a few minutes in a devotion or Bible study
As Christian women, it is important to center our minds on God and His word every day. Whether that means spending a chunk of time in in-depth Bible study, exploring a couple of verses, or reading a short devotional, take the time to center your focus on God.
Connecting with God in the morning helps us gain perspective and hope, and gives us better discernment for the direction He has for us from day to day. It reminds us that there is so much more to the world than just our lives and problems and that we are truly connected to and part of something so much bigger.
By the way, you don’t have to be a Christian or religious person to pray or study the Bible. God is there and willing to have a conversation with you no matter what you believe (even if you don’t believe He exists!).
9. Set your intention
Most folks just float through their days doing whatever is expected of them, never really present or conscious. By setting your intention in the morning, you give yourself the opportunity to set the tone for the day and do the things that are most important. I recommend first checking in with God and asking Him what He has for you today, then consciously making a choice on how you want to feel as you move throughout the day, and finally, deciding the #1 thing is that you want to accomplish.
Bonus if you write your intention down, too!
10. Fill your mind with uplifting, God-centered goodness
While you shower and get ready for the day (and also whenever the opportunity arises throughout the day), consciously fill your mind with uplifting, God-centered goodness. I personally love listening to Christian podcasts, but uplifting music is a great choice as well.
Here are a few of my personal favorite podcasts (click on the links to learn more):
Extra ideas to try adding to your morning routine
- Recite the Lord's Prayer.
- Take a walk.
- Eat your breakfast sitting down at a relaxed pace.
- Journal your thoughts for 5 minutes. This Leuchtturm 1917 journal is currently my favorite journal.
- Get dressed for the day, even if you work at home.
- Read a chapter out of a book.
- Greet your family with a smile.
Do you have any morning practices that you especially love? I would love to know! Share them in the comments below…
Click on the links to learn more or purchase…
- Stop over at the MUG COLLECTION here in the shop to choose a perfect mug for sipping hot lemon water, coffee, tea, or just for a bit of morning inspiration.
- Do you need a source for short, daily devotionals? The You Version Bible app is fantastic and loaded with gazillions (a tiny exaggeration! 😉) of devotionals on pretty much any topic. It also has a Bible with an audio version, so you can listen to the Bible while you are doing other tasks.
- This is the journal I personally use and love – the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal.
- Check out my Evening Routine ideas HERE to end your day on a restful and positive note.
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let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Also in Grace Notes
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