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Creating a Morning Routine Post Divorce

a steaming cup of tea to represent the benefits of creating a morning routine

Creating a morning routine during or after your divorce is an excellent way to help you feel better about each new day.

Before getting divorced, my day used to start when one of my three children woke up. After going through the divorce process and finding myself increasingly stressed, tired and depleted, I decide I need to take a more proactive approach to the day. My morning routine is a continually evolving process to start the day, which I have adjusted according to my life’s needs at that time.
Here are 5 things that I do every morning:
1) I get up before everyone else does. This allows me the quiet time I need to start my day from a place of abundance, rather than feeling sluggish by being awoken by someone else. To get up before everyone else does, I go to bed early. No Netflix binging here. If you don’t have kids and live alone, set a time every day that’s on the early side and get out of bed every day at that time.
2) Enjoy a cup of coffee/tea.
3) Practice gratitude. For years I have started the day writing down things that I am grateful for in my life. I find that beginning the day from a place of feeling grateful is an excellent way to help you not focus on what is missing in your life.
4) Read. Every day I do some reading while I’m drinking my coffee. You may choose a daily inspiration book which has a short passage, maybe you want to read from one of your favorite personal development books, an autobiography of someone who inspires you, or a religious piece. Having this quiet time in the morning is truly special.
5) Stay off social media first thing in the morning. If you open you eyes in the morning, grab your phone and start scrolling, not only will you probably get sucked down the rabbit hole of social media, but you probably won’t get out of bed feeling energized. There are a lot of things on social media designed to make us feel less than, and it won’t help you start the day on the right foot if you are comparing yourself to other’s and their filtered lives.
You may find a different routine works for you. Whatever it is, stick with it. It helps to have some consistency in your life when everything feels like it is changing. A simple 20-30 minute daily routine will help ground you and allow you to approach the day with more positivity.
If you enjoyed this article, read more on Self Care During Divorce.

What would creating a morning routine look like for you? Think about those things, actions, thoughts that help you feel refreshed and ready and choose a few to add to your morning to help you stay in a positive, productive frame of mind. You’ve got this!