Everyone's morning routine is going to look a little bit different. There are those who hit the snooze button as many times as possible before sleepily pouring a cup of coffee, while others shoot out of bed at dawn, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to slay an early exercise class. While the first hour of our day may be long forgotten by the time we dive into our responsibilities, how we start our morning can help to set the tone for the entire day ahead — so developing a solid
morning routine is an investment in your overall wellness. If you’re looking to start your day in a more intentional way, it can be helpful to look to your astrology chart for inspiration and figure out the best morning routine for you, based on your zodiac sign.
Studies show that maintaining a regular daily rhythm is
actually good for your health — meaning that even if you’re a night owl, having a reliable morning ritual offers you an important foundation for the day ahead. And if you’re not sure where to start, astrology can suggest some solid morning routine ideas.
"Every zodiac sign has tendencies, habits, and preferences that create our character,"
astrologer Cindy Mckean tells Bustle. "When we're in flow, we are able to achieve our potential, be content, and align with our purpose." Embracing your zodiac sign’s qualities can offer insight into what makes you feel more motivated and positive as you jump out of bed.
While some of us may already be hitting the mark when it comes to our morning habits, others may want to revamp their wake-up rituals. If you're looking for some cosmic A.M. inspiration, check out the
best morning routine for each zodiac sign.
As a fiery Aries, you're naturally full of energy, so
kicking off the morning by breaking a sweat can help put you in the zone and get you ready to slay your goals. "Starting off the day with an exercise routine will keep you on top of your game and in the lead with what you'd like to achieve daily," Mckean says. Hitting an early exercise class, going on a jog, or hopping on the Peloton for a quick ride will get you motivated. Even squeezing in a brisk 15-minute walk before you start your day can get your blood pumping and your energy boosted.
As a practical earth sign, you hate to rush — so starting your day at a peaceful pace puts you in a good headspace, Taurus. By thoroughly
prepping for your morning the night before, you’ll lower your chances of waking up stressed or pressed for time. "Avoid rushing so you can enjoy your morning," Mckean says. "When everything is ready for you, such as your coffee maker or your outfit for the day, you'll have more time to go at your own pace." Give yourself ample time to wake up, relax, and enjoy a leisurely coffee or breakfast before jumping into your daily responsibilities. Maintaining a work/life balance is key for an earth sign like you, and your morning ritual will set the tone.
As one of the
ever-adaptable mutable signs, you're not a big fan of strict routines, Gemini. What is important to you, though, is being in tune with the world around you. Starting your day by replying to last night’s texts, chatting with your roommate over tea, or leisurely skimming social media makes you feel more grounded, connected, and informed. " Communication is important to Geminis, so checking your emails and sending out correspondences first thing in the morning will help keep you going," Mckean says. Interacting with others as you start your day will give you energy and help to get ideas flowing, so jump right into an interesting thought or conversation.
sensitive water sign, washing your sleepiness away with a gentle but invigorating bathing routine will help you feel more energized and in tune with yourself in the morning. "Having a quick bath or shower at the beginning of your day will help ease you in with a sense of refreshment and vitality," Mckean says. Instead of showering at night, give yourself this AM alone time to meditate and focus on your goals for the day. Make things feel extra fancy by lighting a refreshing citrus-scented candle or adorning your shower with fresh eucalyptus leaves that’ll wake you up and get you going.
You're all about self-expression and putting your heart out there, Leo, so kick off your day by
getting your creative juices flowing first thing. "Tapping into your creative streak will set the tone for the rest of the day," Mckean says. "Pick out a clever outfit or post a vivid Instagram photo." Use your well-rested morning brain to pump up the passion in your life, one expressive ritual at a time — whether that means putting on a bold makeup look for the day, dancing in front of the mirror as you get dressed, or simply belting out your favorite slow jam while you shower.
Down-to-earth Virgos are one of the most naturally
organized and routine-oriented signs of the zodiac, so you may very well already have a solid morning ritual in place. But everyone needs a reset from time to time, so check in with yourself to ensure you're still prioritizing all the basics that keep your day flowing functionally. "You might not need to be told, [but] making your bed, taking a shower, and brushing your teeth first thing after you wake up will keep your mind clear and sharp," Mckean says. Keep your AM routine simple and self-care-centered so you can spend more time thinking about the more exciting parts of your day. Trying to pack too many unnecessary tasks into your morning can make your brain feel cluttered.
As the sign symbolized by the scales, you're all about
maintaining balance and harmony in your life, Libra — and not just metaphorically! Start your day by aligning with your physical sense of balance by doing stretches, yoga, or some core-strengthening exercises. "Balance is key for Libra," Mckean says. "To help get your life force evenly distributed for the rest of the day, a stretching routine every morning will yield amazing results." Kicking off the day with a set of sun salutations, an online barre class, or even some simple muscle stretches is the ideal way for you to maintain a sense of groundedness and flexibility through the day.
As the sign
ruled by powerful planet Pluto, you're all about extremes, Scorpio. So while some signs want to start their day with serenity, it can actually be helpful for you to inject some excitement and energy into your morning routine. "Intensity is right up your alley first thing in the morning," Mckean says. "Whether it's a super hot or cold shower, an intense jog, or a determined list of what you want to accomplish for the day, you'll find you thrive best when you start your day with an extreme force of energy directed in a positive way." Ride into the day on a bolt of lightning and carry that electric shock of inspiration with you until the sun sets.
natural-born adventurer, you probably don't love the idea of a repetitive routine ruling over your wake-up time, Sag. That’s why it’s important to be intentional about keeping things fresh and giving yourself extra time to make your mornings more exciting. "The best morning routine for Sagittarius is spontaneity," Mckean says. "Whether it's taking a different route to your destination or a morning meditation to expand your consciousness, you'll find you never have a dull day." By preparing the mundane little things in advance — like laying out your outfit and making your lunch the night before — you’ll have more time in the morning to embrace your free-spiritedness and indulge your whims.
Capricorns are one of the most
hardworking signs of the zodiac, so starting the day with clear-headed intention and focus will keep you on track with your many goals. "By making a list of what you want to accomplish and scheduling your tasks, you'll find you get more done during the day," Mckean says. "It aligns with your practical nature and will allow you to achieve more with less." Kick off each morning by writing out everything you hope to get done, organizing it all by priority level, and laying out the framework for your day. You'll feel on top of your tasks as you embark on your day and will have a clear idea of what you need to focus on.
As an Aquarius, you're naturally
idealistic and community-oriented, so it's helpful to intentionally prioritize positivity as part of your morning routine. "As a social sign with countless friends, starting the day with a post on social media will get your day started on a happy note," Mckean says. Whether you want to share an optimistic intention with your close friends on Instagram or just blast all your besties with some silly “good morning” GIFs, connecting with your squad and sharing something sunny will help you feel more motivate as you kick off your day.
As the sign
ruled by elusive planet Neptune, Pisces are true dreamers — which means they usually love to sleep. That said, it's important to prioritize peace and serenity as you dip your toes into waking life. "Pisces needs to slowly ease into the daily grind," Mckean says. "[But] set a limit to how many times to hit the snooze button on your alarm." Select a soothing sound to wake you in the morning instead of a blaring alarm, and give yourself time to slowly wake yourself up. It can also be helpful to jot down your dreams upon waking up, as connecting with your inner-self can help you feel more inspired through the day.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 6, 2020