Welcome to the Self care with Marissa Radar podcast. I'm your host, Marissa and I am a certified life coach and self care expert. I'm making it my mission to help busy women build a self care centered lifestyle because self care is so much more than just pampering yourself. Society leads us to believe that basic rights like taking a warm bath or having our hair done is self care. But I'm here to change that narrative. I'm going to teach you how I went from overwhelmed, stressed to the max and burned out on life to thriving and loving the life I'm building. And it all started with making a commitment to myself. So what do you say? Are you ready to commit to your own personal development journey? Let me lead you to the path of happiness and contentment. That's right. The one that leads you to a life you truly love. Let's get started. Hey there, welcome back to another quick win episode of Self Care with Mercy Reiter. And today I am curious what you think is the most important part of your day.
You probably guess that it's the morning right, which you are partly right. You'll have to stay till the end though to find out more about that? Let's get back to the mornings though. Many people go about them wrong. I'm gonna be real honest. So let me ask you, are you tired of feeling sluggish every morning? Do you feel like you can't get anything done because your routine starts off on the wrong foot past me would have said yes to every one of those questions, I honestly thought I was destined to never be a morning person, I'm happy to report that I was wrong and in this episode I'm going to share with you how to fix a bad morning routine, You are going to learn four tips that will help set you up for success and have you feeling great all day long. Good mornings, generally start with good decisions and that's why we're here today when it comes to waking up in the morning, there are a lot of different factors that play into how well you'll feel when you get out of bed, from what time you wake up to what time you go to sleep at night to how many times you hit the snooze button.
So my first tip here is that you need to wake up earlier than you have to. I know I didn't like those words either until I realized that by pushing it to the last possible second, every time it was creating a drama filled morning for me, I was rushing out the door, I was struggling to get myself ready, let alone my kids, We were at each other's throats and it just was not a good situation. So if you can wake up even 15 or 20 minutes earlier than you absolutely have to, it gives you that time too, not necessarily be leisurely about your morning, but it's going to set you up for any of those unexpected things that happened that you weren't planning for. But it also gives you that time to kind of like decompress and wake up, I mean you are probably fully decompressed, so I mean kind of hype yourself up maybe for the day, whatever that looks like for you, for me, I like to have that time to just very quickly write down my daily affirmations, look at my plan for the day, take time to do something for me, which leads me to tip number two, you need to start taking some time for yourself before you're starting your day.
So whether that looks like reciting or writing down your daily affirmations, looking at your um planner and your to do list for the day, maybe it is reading a quick devotional or taking some time to read a professional development book. I know some of you are like nobody has time for that in the morning, but I'm telling you if you take that time for yourself before you even start your day, you are going to be in a much better mindset and headspace for the rest of your day. The third tip that I have for you is to avoid checking your email or your social media first thing in the morning, don't do it if you need to like take this recording and have me saying don't do it as your alarm because I do not want you checking your email or your social media first thing that tells your mind and yourself that other people are going to dictate how your day goes. That should be the last thing that you do in the morning before you start your day, get yourself up, do your skincare routine, take your shower, do your workout, read your devotional, whatever it is that you're choosing to do for you do that first, choose yourself first every morning before you choose to be on someone else's schedule or thinking about something that someone else has put into your mind.
And my fourth tip is to create a solid nightly routine. This is so important. I was the queen of thinking I could be up until midnight and didn't need to have that nightly routine and then I couldn't figure out why I was hitting snooze five times in the morning. It just was not a good thing. But I can tell you that that has been the number one thing that has changed my mornings is to turn the tv off the screens off, you know a half hour or even an hour before bedtime, I wash my face, I brush my teeth. I'm giving my body signals that it is time to go to bed. I read my book. I turn on a sleep story or a nightly meditation and I would have laughed at that even three years ago. If I if you would have told me that's what I would be doing to prepare myself for a good night's sleep, I would have laughed in your face hysterically, but I'm telling you it has changed my morning routine drastically, so be sure to subscribe to the podcast here so that you don't miss out on any of my next episodes because we are going to be breaking down exactly how to build that solid nightly routine in next week's quick win episode and until then I'm gonna be here cheering you on Mhm That's it for this week's episode of Self care with Marissa raider, thank you for joining me and listen, if you enjoyed it and thank your BFF or any other woman, you know, might benefit from it, send them a link, share this episode or screenshot it and share it on instagram and tag me at marisa dot raider and hey, if you haven't already come hang out with me on the gram where I share all things, building life you truly love in order to help you be the best version of yourself.
Until next week I will be here cheering you on