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Your Ultimate Morning Routine Map: Increase Productivity and Happiness

You hear it all the time, "Win your morning, win the day!" And it couldn't be more accurate - starting your day the right way allows you to optimize your mental health, be more resilient, become highly productive, and achieve a state of peak performance. You must understand the mindset, science, and step-by-step process behind a morning routine to optimize your mind, body, and soul for the day ahead.

The Mindset Behind Morning "Routines"

We actually don't like to use the phrase, "routines," here at Molliteum - it tends to create anxiety within our clients because they feel as though they have to be "perfect," with their mornings when really there's no such thing. If there's one point in the day where you must absolutely avoid the feelings of anxiousness, it has to be the mornings. Instead, we focus on systems or a set of activities that have to be completed in a given time period in no particular order.

In short: so long as you perform these activities in the morning, you'll be okay.

The reality is this: the world we live in is negative, and by not taking control of your internal world (or, how you personally think, act, and feel) every morning, you risk falling into the trap of negativity, and anxiousness, from the external world.

It's crucial to understand that the best of the best, the most resilient people in the world, create their narrative each day, right in the mornings; the way that they wake up, get moving, focus, and talk to themselves dictates their ability to accomplish, be productive, and dominate for the day.

Therefore, you must consciously choose, each morning, who you want to be, what you want to focus on and accomplish, and how you want to act for the day. The only way to do this is by having a consistent morning system that you can stick with.

The Science

A morning system helps you "win the day" because it puts you into a resilient state (when done correctly). At Molliteum, we define a resilient state as getting into a mindset of determination, adaptability, and domination for the day, or one where you're committed to your targets, competent in your abilities, focused on the task at hand, and flexible toward whatever life throws at you.

Getting into a state means taking control of your physiology (movements), focus (thoughts), and language (self-talk). By taking control of your internal state, you can control your external results.

Your ultimate morning starts with getting your physiology right; every emotion has an associated body language, or motion, associated with it. For example: think of your facial cues, breathing rate, and posture when you're in a positive, versus negative, mood; now think of your energy levels, and willingness to adapt, when you're in either state.

Secondly, you must take control of what you focus on; as the saying goes, "where focus goes, energy flows," and this couldn't be more crucial to getting your day started in the right way. You must make it a point to take conscious control over what you're focused on so that you can get laser focused on the most important tasks for the day - in turn increasing productivity and bettering your mood.

Finally, you must get the story you're telling yourself, or your self-talk, on the right path; the story you tell yourself is the one that comes true. Meditation, and manifestation, often evoke a positive level of self-talk, which has been shown to help reduce mental illness, get you focused for the rest of your day, and set you up for a productive day.

All three of these elements must be included in your morning system to reap the long-term benefits of morning habits by seeing an increase in productivity, enhanced mental health conditions, and better overall days.