13 Simple Morning Routine Ideas

Photo of sunrise with text: 13 simple morning routine ideas to start your day with a smile

Set the Tone of the Day with a Simple Morning Routine

Most of the time, I’ll get out of bed around 6:30 or so, but this morning I popped awake an hour early and I was good with it because I realized that I was the big spoon and my 11 pound dog was the little spoon! Of course, she is my baby, so I totally cherished that moment and took it all in…


If you’re a dog momma like me you probably get it!

I cuddled my little spoon for another 15 minutes, then started my usual morning routine which goes like this: wiggle my toes, stretch my ankles, stretch my legs, then my whole body. All of this is done while in bed, and this is a ritual I learned from watching her.

I wouldn’t say she wiggles her toes (maybe she does when I’m not looking), but she definitely spreads them and gets her full body stretch on all while laying on her side.

When she’s ready to get out of bed she does what all dogs do and that’s the downward dog.

She then gets in a good scratch, runs to the back door, does her business, asks for a treat, and laps up some water before she prances next to the side door so I know she’s ready for her walk.

When we return she asks for another treat, drinks more water, takes a nap, then waits for the mailman so she can destroy anything and everything that falls through the mail slot. I let her do this because I hate bills but also because it gives her so much joy!

Anyway, here’s my point…

Woman stretching arms up facing sunset

This little ball of fur has a simple morning ritual that makes her happy, and I think we can all benefit by doing the same. I’m a big believer in self care and a self care routine truly does make a difference in how we approach life.

A simple morning ritual is easy to implement and it’s so important because it’s going to set the mood for how you approach your day.

If you nourish your mind, body, and spirit from the very start, chances are you’ll feel refreshed and ready to accomplish anything! But if you start your day off poorly you’re probably going to be ornery and off your game.

Plus, people are usually sensitive and can pick up on whether you’re radiating positive or negative energy, and that can help or hurt your relationships.

I’m all about helping so I’ve created a list of 13 easy morning ritual you can choose from (or add to if you’d like).

If you already have a morning ritual set in place it can’t hurt to re-evaluate it from time to time to make sure it’s a ritual you love that it nurtures you in some way and promotes a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

13 Morning Routine Ideas

Most of these are a part of my own morning routine and I’m really happy to share them with you!

1. Stretch and Wiggle Your Toes

I mentioned this earlier and I do this every single morning before I get out of bed. Start with your toes, then roll your ankles. Next stretch out your arms and legs, then back. Not only does it wake up your muscles but it gets your circulation going.

You can do this in or out of bed. I just love doing this on the bed because it’s soooo comfortable and I like to wake up slowly.

2. Splash Cold Water on Your Face

After your morning shower, head over to the sink and splash some cold water on your face for about a minute. It not only wakes you up but it’s great for your skin! It will reduce some puffiness, tighten your skin, and give it a healthy glow.

If you want a two for one then try refrigerated rice water. Not only will you get the benefits of cold water, but you’ll also get the anti-aging effects from rice which acts as an exfoliant.

All you have to do is add a tablespoon of rice in 2 cups of water and soak it overnight. When you’re ready to use it just stir then pour your rice water into a bowl through a strainer to remove the rice.

cupped hands under running water

3. Face Massage

I do this one in bed sometimes too. I love giving myself a good face massage because it just feels sooo good! I’m already relaxed and it’s such a soothing way to start my morning and end the day.

Did you know that a face massage will increase circulation to your skin and promote collagen production? If you’re doing the lymphatic face massage it can also help reduce puffiness, toxins, and even give you a ‘mini face lift’ by pushing fluid out of your face through your lymphatic system.

I have a tool called a gua sha as well as a jade roller both for my face massage but it’s not really a must. I keep these handy little helpers in the refrigerator so they’re nice and cool when I use them.

4. Drink a Tall Glass of Water

This one should really be a must in your daily morning routine because getting rehydrated after a full night is just a good idea!

Room temperature or warm water is best as it will stimulate your digestive system, and you don’t need to chug it.

Instead, you can drink your glass of water while practicing another self care ritual like reading.

Add a little fun to your water and throw in a slice of lemon and a spoonful of honey for added flavor and vitamin C. This is also good for your digestion!

tall glass of water

5. Write in Your Journal

Take about 15 minutes to write down your thoughts in a journal. You can write about anything you want.

It can be about what you’re excited about, how you’re feeling that morning, and even what you dreamt about last night.

Getting your thoughts down onto paper will help you release any thoughts or emotions you might be holding in, reduces stress, and provides us with clarity.

I do recommend that if you find yourself focusing on the negative too much try to find solutions to make things more positive. Too much negativity can back fire so be careful.

woman writing in journal

6. Work Out or Take a Quick Walk Around the Block

If you work out in the morning that great!

If you just want a quick pick me up, grab your furry little friend if you have one, take a nice walk around the block and enjoy the moment.

Getting your heart pumping and your circulation flowing oxygen throughout your body is going to help you boost your energy and make you feel good!

Yoga stretch

7. Clear the Dishes after Breakfast

I know not everyone likes to do the dishes right away but there’s a good reason for doing it. It’s clutter, and clutter affects our ability to focus and can affect our anxiety levels and stress. It’s a visual distraction and if your brain gets overloaded, your brain will have trouble processing and remembering things.

Having the dishes washed and put away right away will be one less thing you’ll have to do later.

Our brains like things to be in order so let’s be kind to our brains.

washing fork

8. Make your Bed

Just like dirty dishes an unmade bed is clutter, so make your bed, even if you don’t have to look at it until you return to it for the night.

A self care routine that removes clutter from our lives is always a good thing, especially if it’s easy!

9. Eat or Drink Something Healthy

I love a delicious meal and if you love breakfast as much as I do then this one might be a little difficult because there are so many amazing breakfast dishes… I mean, bacon and blueberry pancakes! Sausage and potato fritters with scrambled eggs! Oh, i’m making myself hungry!

Here’s how I feel about this one…

If you do choose to eat something that might not be oh so healthy, then cut down on how much of it you eat and make sure the rest of your day is filled with only healthy meals.

This way, you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

cup of oatmeal with blueberries

It’s okay to indulge once in awhile but don’t make this a regular habit and don’t do it on bad days or you’ll start to use it as a coping mechanism.

If you plan out your meals then it’s going to be a lot easier for foodies to be in control. It’s how I roll!

10. Give Your Love to Something Living & Be Grateful

Being grateful is such an amazing way to start your day!

Give love to your family, friends, pets, or plants. Hug them all, except maybe your plants who will fare better with a little tlc.

Appreciate what you have and you’ll be able to experience the good things at a much deeper level, your emotions will be more positive, and you’ll improve your health. Another awesome benefit is that it’s going to strengthen your relationships and your desire to help others.

Take a few minutes each morning to reflect upon that.

hi fiving a cat

11. Listen to Music

Consider listening to your favorite music or podcast which you can do while you are eating breakfast or tidying up.

12. Start Dinner with Your Slow Cooker

If you want to save some time consider making a roast in the slow cooker which you can start in the morning.

I do this at least once a month and while this isn’t a part of my regular daily routine it can definitely be for you if you’re looking for ways to find a little extra time during the day.

Using the slow cooker for dinner meals you can come home to equals easy, delicious, and stress free! Yes, please!

13. Review Your Planner

Take a few minutes to review your planner. See if there is anything you need to accomplish that is a priority for the day so you don’t forget.

This is definitely a good habit to get into. Some of us might have great memories but we still forget things sometimes which can be frustrating so give your planner book a little love so you can be prepared.

I hope this list gives you some helpful ideas and reasons for creating a morning routine. Self care means making yourself a priority and doing things with purpose to better your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

writing in a planner

By creating a morning routine you’ll be doing just that and finding your center by nurturing yourself at the very beginning of your day.

Morning Routine Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge?

If you already have a morning routine, write it all out and determine whether anything you do needs some tweaking or removing. You may also want to add one or two new things into the mix for a little change which is good.

If you don’t have a morning routine, then guess what? It’s time to start one so that is your challenge.

You may feel that your mornings are just too busy to do this, but I would love for you to give this a try for at least 2 weeks so you can really truly see the benefits in real life. You may need to get up 15 minutes earlier than usual to do this, but it’s so worth it!

Girl jumping facing green mountains an a river

A morning routine is really all about making yourself a priority and taking care of your well-being. You deserve it!

Just start with a few things and go from there.

Download the “Create a Morning Routine” worksheet includes the 16 ideas mentioned here PLUS another 10. Answer a few quick questions and create an easy schedule to help you get started.

As you practice your morning routine you’ll be able to tweak it to fit your needs. You can add more things to your schedule if you’d like or keep it super simple.

The goal is to give yourself some me-time to prepare yourself for the day so you can accomplish your goals. It’s truly about personal growth.

I can’t wait for you to get started!

If you’re interested in how practicing self care can benefit you please feel free to check out this blog post:

Girl stretching on bed next to window with text 13 Amazing Benefits of Self Care

❤️ Be well, be happy, be beautiful…