Michele Schalin – Mindful Metamorphosis

Morning and Night Routines

Looking back at my book, I realized I missed out on a crucial topic: healthy and positive daily routines for mornings and evenings. So, here’s my addendum to fill you in on the importance of having a routine.

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, having set routines for the beginning and end of the day can do wonders for your overall well-being. Not only do they impact how you feel throughout the day and how you sleep at night, but they also provide space for planning and reflection, which is key to staying calm, positive, organized and focused.

Simplify your implementation process with this first rule: Keep it simple. The concept behind morning and evening routines is straightforward:

Start your day with an a.m. routine that sets you up for success by planning, preparing, and focusing your mindset for the day ahead.

End your day with a p.m. routine that lets you reflect on your achievements and identify areas for growth. Take the necessary action to prepare yourself for a successful day tomorrow.

Remember that the contents of your routine will vary depending on your individual goals, lifestyle, and circumstances. Start your day off right and end it even better.

Rev up your mental game by incorporating reading, meditation, mental imagery, scheduling, and reflection into your morning and evening routines. These moments are prime opportunities to boost your mental performance and set yourself up for success.

Discover My Morning Routine: The Secret to Feeling Relaxed and Positive All Day Long

Starting your day calmly and positively is key to reducing anxiety and feeling amazing throughout the day. That’s why my morning routine is slow and deliberate. I give myself two hours before work or appointments to do a few things that set me up for success.

First, I start with meditation, affirmations, and gratitude exercises to prepare my mind for the day ahead. I also make a conscious effort to avoid news, emails, and social media until I’m fully ready. Instead, I enjoy a warm beverage while checking my texts.

Depending on the day, I may go for a walk, swim, practice yoga, or simply ground myself outside. Finally, I get dressed, have a snack, and head off to work feeling centered and focused.

While I’m not perfect and sometimes stray from my routine, when I stick to it, I feel amazing all day long. I’m calmer, more grateful, and less likely to let things get under my skin. I simply observe and move on, giving me the confidence to take on whatever the day may bring.

My Night Routine: Quieting the Mind and Energizing the Body

An hour before bedtime, I dim the lights and switch off screens. I play calming music, indulge in a warm bath or shower, stretch out my muscles, and practice yoga and meditation. I also listen to affirmations while sleeping, which reprogram my subconscious for success. Some nights I need to have a burst of energy before relax so I take a walk, dance, or do some grounding exercises. I never watch anything violent or disturbing before bedtime- trust me, it just marinates and causes unnecessary anxiety the next day.

The key is to start small and build momentum. One new habit at a time is just as effective and produces amazing emotional and energetic results. By committing to these routines, you too can enjoy a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling renewed.

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