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16 Morning Rituals of Super-Successful People

Christina Heiser July 17, 2017

Fact: Setting and sticking to Morning Rituals isn’t easy—especially if you enjoy staying up past your bedtime to binge on a new TV show. But for the following 16 super-successful people in the wellness space, getting up early—oftentimes at the crack of dawn—is part of their jobs. Here, they share their secrets to becoming—and staying—a morning person. They may inspire you to set your alarm a little earlier tomorrow.

They Eat a Hearty Breakfast

“I love to eat my soaked and sprouted oatmeal/chia concoction consisting of oats, chia, turmeric, raw honey, nuts, and berries. It’s so satiating, comforting, and energizing.” – Claudia Matles, Hamptons-based yoga and Pilates instructor

They Focus on What They’re Grateful For

“I have an early wakeup time of 6 a.m. where the first thing I do is a 10-minute meditation followed by five minutes of journaling. This allows me to acknowledge three things I’m grateful for, three things I’d like to have happen in my day, and two affirmations of how I want to create myself.” – Parinaz Samimi, sleep and wellness expert for

They Pack Their Gym Bags in Advance

“I work out first thing in the morning and have a plan for doing so. I know roughly what my workout will look like.  I lay out my workout clothes and have my gym bag packed and ready to go. Importantly, this action signals a commitment to myself to get it done. And doing all this makes it much harder not to work out.” – Stephanie Prause, healthy lifestyle blogger at Good Health & Great Cheer

They Take a Cold Shower

“I take a freezing cold shower first thing in the morning. Nothing wakes me up and energizes me more.” – Tyson Brown, health and strength coach in Australia

They Keep a Calendar

“I’m old school and keep a paper calendar where I write down specific goals and actionable items. I am co-creating my life with the universe, therefore, I spend each morning declaring powerful intentions coupled with specific actions. This is how I take my dreams and turn them into reality.” – Dallisa Hocking, spiritual coach

They Oil Pull

“I probably break a lot of rules about oil pulling by doing it while I get lunches and breakfast prep done, then I sit down to a quiet breakfast and cup of coffee by myself, often with a good book—it’s usually my only time to read during the day.” – Liza Baker, health coach in Ann Arbor, Michigan

They Take Time to Think About the Previous Day

“I sit in my favorite chair, open my journal, and write about any insights from the day before. I find ‘sleeping on it’ and writing about insights the next day to be much more revealing. I also write my intentions for the upcoming day and anything else that comes to mind.” – Dawn MacLaughlin, holistic health expert and founder of Mind Body Nutrition Coaching in Florida

They Wait to Check Email

“I’m self-employed, so I always sleep with my phone on airplane mode to avoid waking up to a ton of emails and messages and starting my day already stressed. Before I turn anything on, I listen to a short, guided meditation and do 15-20 minutes of yoga to work out any kinks and get my heart rate going a little bit in preparation for the work day.” – Caitlin Iles, holistic and culinary nutritionist and yoga teacher in Canada

They Get Their Posture in Order

“Every morning when I wake up, I do my daily alignments. I spend 20 minutes laying on a Biomat—an amethyst-enlaced mat that heats up and recalibrates you. I do this to adjust my neck posture with a neck pump.” – Timmi Jandro, co-founder of Energy Muse jewelry and author of the upcoming book, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune in to the Real You

 They Alternate Between Working Out and Reading

“My current morning routine consists of waking up at 5 a.m. daily. I alternate between one hour at the gym of every other day with an hour of reading—either for pleasure or from professional journals. The morning is a quiet, peaceful time that allows me to get centered and hit the ground running for the rest of the day.” – Dr. Myers Hurt, M.D., family physician at Diamond Physicians in Dallas

They Inhale Essential Oils

“I start my day with a mindful meditation and aromatherapy. I get out of bed, set an intention for my day, and repeat that intention as a mantra while taking deep, cleansing breaths for five minutes. I then reach for an essential oil, choosing it based on how I feel. For example, if I’m a bit sluggish, I reach for grapefruit for that burst of energy. If I feel a bit overwhelmed—like when I know I have a big day ahead of me—I reach for spruce, which has clarifying properties.” – Jackie Itzkowitz, co-founder of Floating Lotus in New York City

They Do a Super-Quick Meditation

“I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and do a three-minute morning breathing meditation. (Let’s be serious: Three minutes is all I have before my 5-year-old and 3-year-old get up!) Then, I drink half caf/half decaf coffee milk with almond milk and stevia and get my kids ready for camp.” – Vanessa Rissetto, R.D., nutritionist in New York City

They Reflect While Making Coffee

“I love great coffee and great smoothies, so I make my own. I make French press coffee with fresh ground beans (this takes me about seven minutes from start to finish) and my own smoothie from fruit, protein powder, and almond milk (this takes me about another seven minutes). Rather than thinking of this as a chore, I use it as an opportunity to collect my thoughts and think about the day. I get some of my best ideas during this time.” – Justin Singer, owner, manager, and trainer at Mekanix Calesthenics Gym in Houston

They Practice Yoga

“In an ideal world, I answer those emails that come in before 9 a.m. and then head to a yoga class or do a short self-practice before I really dive into the day’s work. Yoga is how I relieve stress, and I find that if I start my day this way, I am more centered, balanced, and overall happier throughout the day.” – Morgan Perry, yoga teacher and founder of Yoga Unwined

They Go for A Walk

“My mind is very busy. I constantly have 10 tabs open, so I like to start my morning getting centered and feeling grounded. I’ll do a short 10-minute meditation and go outside for a walk in Central Park or on the West Side Highway where I can be alone with my thoughts, technology-free. When I do both of these on a regular basis, it improves how successful I feel in my day and even helps me make more mindful food choices.” – Hailey Miller, health and wellness expert and coach

They Light Incense

“I drink a glass of Shungite-infused water, then I light all of the incense and candles at the altars around my house. To set the energy of my space, I sage the house, turn on Tibetan mantras, and pour water into offering bowls. For 20 minutes, I meditate or do Kundalini Kriya yoga. This all takes about an hour to do on the morning—and with the kids and everything else that I have going on, it can be pretty exhausting—but it also calms me down and makes for a smooth transition into the rest of my day.” – Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse jewelry and co-author of the upcoming book, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune in to the Real You

Christina Heiser
Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L'Oréal Paris and has previously worked at Women's Health and Everyday Health. She currently freelances for a variety of online publications, including NBC News Better, What's Good by The Vitamin Shoppe, and DermStore. When she's not working, you can find Christina trying boutique fitness classes in NYC, cheering on her favorite sports teams (Let's Go Mets!), and binge-watching teen dramas on Netflix.