Stress-free morning, anyone?

stress-free morningMornings can make or break your day. Whether it’s waking up on the wrong side of the bed, having an argument with your significant other, or just running late, the tone of your day gets set right away. As hard as you try to craft the perfect morning routine, it doesn’t always work out as planned. Here are 5 mindfulness tips to help you create a stress-free morning routine, no matter what comes up.

First things first: Connect to Gratitude

One of the quickest ways to reroute our brains from a crazy panic to a calmer state, is to tap into gratitude. Right away, pause and mentally think about five things you’re grateful for. Amy Kurtz at MindBodyGreen says “The point is that an attitude of gratitude will automatically shift the way you see, feel, and do everything throughout the day to a better place.” So before you react to whatever madness that has filled your morning, take a moment to consider even the little things you’re grateful for.

Choose Not to Rush

stress-free morningThis might seem impossible on those mornings you wake up late or hit the snooze button one too many times. You realize just how late it is and panic sets in. You rush around, chastising yourself for not getting up in time to breeze through your perfect morning routine. But remember, no matter how much time you have, it’s your choice to move unhurried. That doesn’t mean you take your sweet time and get to work three hours late. It just means that you choose your mindset and decide to be flexible and adjust.

Be Flexible and Adjust

When your schedule has been blown and your perfect morning routine ruined, you tend to move around mindlessly. You may try to squeeze in all the things you think need to get done right that second. But if you consider how you wanted your stress-free morning to look and you know what the ultimate goal is, you can still get there. Tracy Miller at Prevention Magazine says to “Stop fussing with things that don’t matter.” Know your priorities and let go of the things that truly don’t matter. You can clean the kitchen later.

Be Present

When things don’t go the way we planned, it’s easy to get upset and spend the entire morning operating from a place of frustration. We do that because “what is” is not “what is supposed to be”, at least as we see it. Instead, take a moment and allow ourselves to let go of “how it was supposed to go.” Embrace the way it has unfolded so you can begin to redeem your morning. You can’t control what has happened up to this point. The sooner you can let that go, the sooner you’ll be able to really lean in to the present moment. By doing so, your mentality will begin to shift into a better space.

Be Kind to Yourself

stress-free morningDid you know that according to Forbes, science is proving more and more that there is a link between self-compassion and success? Amongst other things, it can boost your happiness and reduce psychological distress…like the kind you experience on a chaotic morning. (Check out the full article here to catch all the benefits!)

So before you go beating yourself up about how horrible the day has started out, consider a more gentle approach. Go easy on yourself. It will also help you be kinder to those around you, and if you have many people in your household, you’ll find this can help lift everyone’s spirits. Go gently into a stress-free morning.

Bonus Tip: Prepare the Night Before

We all know that sooner or later, you’re bound to oversleep or face something unexpected in the morning that will throw everything off. One of the best things you can do for yourself is have things prepared beforehand. Lay out your work clothes, have a simple breakfast prepped and ready, and pre-pack your gym bag so it’s ready to go. It will save you time and stress, and could save a morning gone wrong!

You have the ability to practice mindfulness at all times and you deserve to experience a life unhurried. Go ahead and hammer out that perfect morning routine. They are incredibly beneficial. But hopefully these mindfulness tips will help you reclaim your calm in the midst of a crazy morning, when things just didn’t go according to plan.

Do you have a go-to mindfulness tip for difficult mornings? Share with us in the comments below!


  1. I love these tips. I admit, I have a similar post on my blog, basically a morning routine for busy people who are always on the run in the morning. I love seeing more and more people write realistic morning routines. I got to a point where I was watching on youtube all these amazing routines that would require you to have like 3 hours in the morning. And honestly all I have on most days it’s 45 minutes or an hour. Being mindful and not ‘in a hurry’ in that situation can be tough but really not impossible.

  2. @Laura – There truly are so many videos and posts about morning routines that I have found difficult to stick with! I finally realized that it’s more about mindset and finding what works best for you. 🙂

  3. Love these tips! Morning routines and habits are some of my favorite things! Awesome post(:

  4. Great tips! I often have a racing mind as soon as I wake up thinking about all of the things I need to cross off my list. It’s a much nicer start to the day when I follow a more mindful routine like the one you have outlined in this post.

  5. Great article! I used to have a gratitude journal before and I was writing in it every night! It was really helpful when I had my anxiety and depression! But really the most important thing is to be kind to yourself and actually learn to love yourself!

  6. Great tips to start the day with the right mindset. It’s too easy (especially when you work from home) to just dive in to get things done that “you” gets lost in the activity.

  7. Great ideas! I have just started to really focus on developing amore intentional and mindful morning and so far it has done wonders for my day. Now I just need to try and get up a little earlier to set a full practice. I love these tips and always need to be reminded! I wonder, how much time do you leave in the morning to have the most effective morning routine?

  8. Well…. even when I prep everything the night before – as I usually do – then in the morning I feel like I have enough time therefore move around slower etc. and end up being in a rush anyway lol cause I get too relaxed 😀 I guess I’m hopeless lol

  9. @Heather – I feel ya on that one! It definitely helps me to not get carried away with my to-do list!

  10. @Jean – Yes! It’s hard to create a disciplined structure when you work from home. I’m feeling that, for sure, as I’ve made that transition this last year.

  11. @ Eliza – Sounds like you’re already doing great! My typical morning routine, when I’m able to get it all in, takes an hour and a half. But I try to be flexible and determine which things are priority and which things can be skipped if I need to.

  12. @Monika – you’re not hopeless! 🙂 Mornings are tough and it took me a long time to shift my perspective and find a routine that worked for me. Keep trying! And don’t be too hard on yourself. Just start with one thing at a time instead of a whole routine.

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