What’s the first thing you do in the morning? make your bed? Check your e-mail? Do some laundry? Immediately start working? Did you ever think about what you do before the most important meal of the day?  If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then whatever you do before breakfast is even more important, and the way you start your mornings sets the tone for the entire day. The way you live your days sets the tone the future days to come. Want to make a simple change that can have a big impact on your life? Get a morning routine. Whether it’s working out, meditating, taking a gratitude stroll, cooking a hearty breakfast, or even journaling/blogging — a morning routine can change your life. Here are a few reasons why you need a morning routine:

You start your day all about you.

Before you answer e-mails or wake the kids up for school or even start to thinking about work, you’ve got some time to focus on yourself. Some people need to consistently remind themselves that they need to take care of themselves before they can take care of others. morningA study shows that people who consistently practice a morning routine notice that they gain higher self-esteem and set stronger boundaries because they’re reminded of the need for self-care every day.

You just don’t have the time for everything to be perfect.

If you’re a perfectionists, you know what I mean.  Rushing and getting everything done, and done perfect is stressful, time consuming and exhausting. When you do the same thing every morning, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t get it all done today or messed up today. Maybe you were running late that morning or you just forgot to turn the coffee pot on. It doesn’t matter. You’re going to get up again tomorrow and do it all over again. Morning routines teach us how to be persistent — how to keep pushing through the next day. The fear of failure can’t hold you back, because if you do it every day, you’re inevitably going to fail once in a while. But that’s OK. You’ve got a routine, so you just get up the next day and do it again, and if nothing else, you can learn from a mistake.

Starting fresh every Morning.

No matter what went wrong yesterday, the morning is another day.  Your morning routine will eventually become a mindless ritual to start every day. It may be something as simple as sitting with a cup of coffee and looking out the window, but you  will begin to look forward to the time to yourself where you can just let go of the stress from the day before.    It’s your time to unwind and relax, no matter what else is going on in your life.