Why Commit to a Healthy Morning Routine?

All over YouTube are videos about healthy morning routines – and I must admit, I’m always curious to see how like-minded people kickstart their day.

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No matter the specific activities, people often include these four steps in their morning routines:

  1. Tend to spiritual health.

  2. Tend to physical health.

  3. Neaten surroundings.

  4. Prioritize to-do’s.

For years, I was a night owl, convinced I could never be a morning person. But within the past year, I have been transforming from night owl to early bird (you can read more about that here).

And I’ve actually been loving it.

Mind you, the new schedule took a bit of tweaking. At first, I woke too early, and I didn’t get enough sleep. As well, I over-estimated what I could accomplish in the early morning hours.

Fortunately, I feel as though the adjustment period is over. I’ve settled into a reasonable routine that has allowed me to take more time for myself, as well as give more time to the Lord, my family, and my responsibilities. I am happier, healthier, more productive, and more loving than I ever was as a night owl. And my family is loving me more, too.

If you’re not a morning person, I encourage you to make the metamorphosis! Here’s how I do it every day.

  1. Go to bed early! For me, that’s 10:00 p.m. Having a set bedtime was a difficult habit to establish, as I tend to be a workaholic. But I have learned that my unfinished tasks will still be there the next day (unbelievable, I know), and I’ll be able to tackle them more productively if I get a full eight hours of sleep.

  2. Don’t hit the snooze button. As soon as the alarm on my tablet goes off around 6:00 a.m., I begin my first task, which is to…

  3. Dedicate the first moments of the day to God. As soon as I’m fully alert, I pray, referring to a prayer list on my tablet. Then, I read my Bible and an online devotional, both of those also accessible on my tablet. The convenience of having everything I need on one device ensures that I won’t fumble around in the dark or accidentally wake my husband.

  4. Dedicate the next moments of the day to yourself. For me, that involves exercise, coffee, and neatening up my bedroom. My daughter and I work out together every day (you can read more about that here), and about an hour after I work out, I drink a half-caff coffee with cream and a little coconut sugar. That most delicious beverage keeps my energy stable as I make my bed, pick up laundry, etc. What a pleasure it is to walk into a clean, serene bedroom that night!

  5. Plan a reasonable to-do list, and don’t deviate from it.I prioritize tasks by asking myself what absolutely must be accomplished that day; of those tasks, I put first those things I enjoy the least, to get them out of the way! (That’s why you might find me cleaning bathrooms early on a Friday morning.) If I have to go somewhere that day, I try to prepare early in the day for that appointment, – getting myself ready, setting out what I need to bring, packing the car, etc. Otherwise, I tend to rush around at the last minute and arrive late.

And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. – I Chronicles 23:30a


I hope these morning routine tips have been helpful! What’s your morning routine like? How do you ensure a productive day? Do you think it’s important to rise early? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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13 thoughts on “Why Commit to a Healthy Morning Routine?”

  1. Scripture tells us that: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24 NIV). What God makes is to be treated with the utmost respect, therefore I have my encouragement to start my day with a mindset that will help me accomplish this.
    Much like you, I go to bed early to rise at 5:00 am (5:30 on weekends!). As my feet hit the floor, I say, “Good morning God (this beats saying, ‘good God, it’s morning). Then it’s time in a devotional, currently Sarah Young’s ‘Jesus Calling,’ followed by Scripture reading that follows a plan to help me read the Bible through in one year. Next is 15 minutes of bible memorization. And yes, there is a nice hot cup of coffee to go with this!
    Following this morning discipline has allowed me to get and stay open to the prompting of God’s Spirit so that I can give Him the honor He is due each day.
    I truly enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing,
    Pastor Chuck

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      1. God has blessed my efforts in memorization to His glory. I lamented for years that I just couldn’t memorize. Truth was that I wasn’t putting in the effort necessary. The Navigators have a great system that I have tweaked a little that works well for me. Please let me know if I can help you in any way with this.
        Pastor Chuck

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  2. Very inspiring post! I was in the habit of sleeping 10pm-6am but have been a bit more flexible recently, which isn’t a good thing. I need to get back to waking up at 5am/6am because it tends to lead a much happier and more fulfilling day. Prayer is part of my wake-up routine too. And coffee 🙂

    I’ve not tried coconut sugar, I guess that’s just a healthier alternative to other sugar? Does it taste of coconut at all? Might have to see if they sell it in my local supermarket here in London!

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    1. Steven, coconut sugar tastes a lot like brown sugar. I use it because it doesn’t raise blood sugars as much as regular sugar, so my energy doesn’t crash later on. Also, I can’t seem to find a sugar substitute that doesn’t have an aftertaste. So the coconut sugar is a good compromise for me.

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      1. I normally don’t sweeten my morning coffee, but I tend to have a coffee after dinner with half a teaspoon of brown sugar. So if I can get some, I’ll probably try substituting that with coconut sugar (no harm in giving it a try!). But I don’t particularly like the taste of coconut, which is why I asked 🙂

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  3. My version is a bit looser, but yes, I’m Mr. ADHD, so structure is crucial for me. As long as I’m sure I’m following the schedule God would have me follow, I can (i.e. I try to) be ruthless with myself about following it!

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