Creating a Healthy Morning Routine Can Change Your Life


So a little while back I told you guys about how a year or so ago my morning routine was nothing short of bleak.  I’d set three alarms, snooze them all and then begrudgingly roll out of bed at the last possible minute. I’d race to get ready and arrive to work still grumpy as ever. When I got engaged, I started adding new things to my morning and then finally when I got married, I started pushing myself to get up earlier and really create a morning routine. As crazy as it sounds, my life is so much brighter and my mood is so much better now that I’ve created new habits for myself. With that being said, I figured I’d share with you a few elements of my morning routine that have made a significant difference in my life.

Drink Warm Lemon Water


My mom was actually the person who convinced me to try drinking warm lemon water in the morning, because she had been doing it for a while. At first it felt kind of pointless and not that tasty, but eventually I came to really welcome my daily dose of Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lemon Juice and water. Because you warm it up, it really feels cozy in the  morning, while also giving you energy to start the day. Not to mention, because of the slight tartness, I could tell that it encouraged me to drink more water earlier in the day, which makes getting my 8+ bottles of water in a day much easier. Fellow blogger, Wellness Mama Katie, shares all the reasons drinking lemon water is so good for you.


Do a Plank


Doing a plank a day keeps the doctor away! Well, that’s probably not 100% true, but it does help with balance, posture and reduces the risk of injury (Mind Body Green blogger, Nora Tobin says so!)  I started adding in daily planks of 2 minutes or more when I was trying to get in shape for my wedding. I was already working out regularly and when I added in the planks I started to see major results (especially in the stomach area – which we all know is the hardest to define). Taking 2 – 3 minutes every morning to do a plank gives me a few minutes to clear my head, gets my blood circulating, wakes me up and makes me feel like I can take on the day. If you’re not a usual planker, I’d say start out with a minute or maybe even less, but you can quickly work your way up!


Watch the News

I love that I wake up early enough now to catch up on the news around me by watching Good Morning America. Although sometimes it can be saddening to see all of the bad happening in the world, it does no good to be ignorant. Plus, they provide plenty of comic relief and catch  you up on tons of fun stories like the mom in the Chewbacca mask! 🙂 Maybe you’re not a TV person.. that’s ok! Read a real physical newspaper (I haven’t gotten one in years… sorry about it) or read it online; just so long as you have some idea about current events and the world you live in. Danny Rubin, from Brazen Blog, tells us all about why it’s so important that we, as young professionals, stay up to date with the news.


Listen to a Positive Song


This probably sounds cheesy, but music really can improve your mood. Examined Existence blogger, Marvelous, wrote a whole post on it! I used to be able to listen to music turned up really loud the whole time I got ready, but now I’ve found that both me and my pup like some quiet time in the mornings, so I usually play one positive song in the am (often when I’m doing my plank) to set me for my day. Don’t laugh, but some of my favorites are “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor, The Afters’ “Beautiful Smile” or “Perfect Day” by Hoku.


Make My Bed


I know there are a lot of lovers and haters on the topic of making your bed, but after 23 years of pretty much leaving my bed in disarray, I am a firm believer in making your bed EVERY DAY. I make it a first priority in the morning because not only does it make me feel accomplished, it makes me happy to see my room looking so clean. Plus at night time, my bed feels more comfortable and I feel more at peace to fall asleep. Not to mention, even if your room isn’t super clean.. if your bed is made, it doesn’t feel so bad! Think I’m making this up?! LifeHack writer, Jennifer Wasylenko, tells you all about it in her post, How Making Your Bed Every Morning Can Improve Your Life. 🙂


Eat a Substantial Breakfast


This can also be a hard one. I went a long time never eating breakfast in the morning. Surprisingly, when I didn’t eat breakfast, I felt less hungry leading up to lunch and in my mind was eating less calories, thus on a better track to lose weight. Wrong! Eating a breakfast in the morning is important and I’m not talking Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts and Lucky Charms (although I love them both). I’ll usually start my day off with a hard-boiled egg and an apple with PB2 or a bowl of Special K. It’s really important to get protein in the morning though. It jump starts your metabolism, makes you feel more awake and more than anything is oh so yummy! Jayne Leonard, from Natural Living Ideas, gets into the nitty gritty of it all, but basically it’s really important, so you should do it too!

So there you have it! My morning routine minus all of the usual hair curling, makeup applying, rolling around on my couch in a blanket kind of stuff. 🙂 Send me your morning routine, I’m always open to trying new things to better my day!

C’est la vie,






32 thoughts on “Creating a Healthy Morning Routine Can Change Your Life

  1. Jacob Thigpen says:

    I’ve heard about drinking lemon water…just can’t seem to get in a routine. After reading this, I’m more motivated to do better. I enjoy relaxing on the couch or in a La-z-boy drinking a cup of coffee, relaxing and preparing my mind for the workday. Having time to think or keep to yourself before going off to a job where you rarely have time to yourself, is important, in my opinion. Thanks for the post!

    • annamullikinfreeman says:

      I totally agree! I need that time to set my mind straight. 🙂 I don’t drink coffee every day because last year I had to break my caffeine addiction lol, but I will allow myself to have it 2-3 times a week and I love it!!

  2. playdatesparties says:

    Your former routine sounds like my current routine. I said for a long time that once the baby started sleeping through the night I would get a better morning routine. Well, guess what? Didn’t happen. Love your tips, and I’m looking forward to trying them out!

    • annamullikinfreeman says:

      I’m sure it’s 10x harder once you’ve had a baby. I don’t have those responsibilities yet, so it’s a little easier to stick to the routine. I have full faith in you though that you can find something that works for you! I wish you the best of luck. ❤

  3. Jen G says:

    I’d love to incorporate some more beneficial activities into my morning routine (instead of just coffee and email :-)) Thanks for sharing your routine, I’m going to try it out!

  4. besimplyit says:

    I definitely love lemon water to wake me up in the morning! It’s so refreshing and energizing. Pair it with a great song while making breakfast and it’s a perfect morning! 🙂

    • annamullikinfreeman says:

      Hey! Everybody’s gotta start somewhere. I bet if you started doing a 10 second plank every morning, in a week or so, it’d be nothing to do a 20 second plank. Eventually you’d be doing a couple of minutes and it not even phase you!

  5. Rebecca Hicks says:

    Great tips!! Making my bed is one of the first things I do in the morning, and it really helps remind me that getting back in is not an option haha. And it’s always nice when I know I have a yummy breakfast awaiting me!

  6. Melissa says:

    I love your suggestions! Especially the lemon water and substantial breakfast. I used to work out in the morning which was great. Now that I have a baby I fit it in whenever I can.

    • annamullikinfreeman says:

      Thanks! The breakfast and lemon water really do make a difference. I try to work out on Friday mornings, but I am NOT a morning person at all, so that’s a real struggle for me. Kudos to you though, fitting in workouts all while doing the mommy job! 🙂

  7. monogramsandmoscato says:

    I love all your tips!! I’ve started going to bed earlier, and working out in the morning and have seen such a huge change!!

  8. smartcentsmom says:

    I haven’t been super motivated to get into a morning routine especially with a 4 month old. I’m kind of on his schedule. Ha! But these are great tips. I need to try and start a morning routine for myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • annamullikinfreeman says:

      Yeah… a 4 month old can definitely make it more difficult. If you’re taking care of him and getting at least a little bit of sleep, you’re rocking it girl! As his schedule start to normalize, you’ll be able to get back to yours and these lovely tips will be waiting for you. 🙂 You go mama!

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