• Dr. Judy

The 5 Must-Haves for Your Morning Routine!

Want to know the must-haves for a great start to your day every morning?


I have become a true fan of morning routines. It is so important to start your day off right so that you can be ready for any challenges you might encounter while maintaining a steadfast, calm, and resilient mindset.

Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of activities to try to drill down on the best morning routine. And here are the ingredients to mine - I hope they help you too!


  1. Respond to a journal prompt. Every morning, spent just a couple of minutes journaling to an idea or theme. My favorite is to journal on gratitude. I name 3 things I am grateful for and write them down. But you can journal to anything you’d like, a question, an idea, reflect on a book you read, an inspirational quote, the ideas are endless!

  2. Do a task mindfully. This can be any task at all as long as you approach it deliberately in a present-minded way without distraction. My absolute favorite mindful task to do in the morning is to make and sip my coffee mindfully. It is amazing how much more enjoyable everything is when you approach it with a mindful focus.

  3. Get moving! Do some type of movement in the morning to get your blood flowing and your muscles limber. This can be a few yoga poses, some nice relaxing stretches, or a heart pumping workout. My morning runs are everything to me.

  4. Breathwork. The benefits of breath work are endless, and really helps to calm anxieties and stresses. There are multitudes of ways you can approach this, but I like box breathing. Simply count to 4 while inhaling, then hold your breath for 4, then exhale for 4 counts, then hold your breath for 4. Repeat 5-10 times for a great breath work routine!

  5. Get connected. Start your day off right with what every human being needs - some social connectivity. This could be a quick text check in to a friend, a phone call to a family member, or even writing a card to someone you care about. This helps us to remember we are part of something bigger than ourselves, which contributes to meaningfulness and joy.

What’s your favorite morning routine activity?

© 2020 JUDY HO

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