The Perfect Winter Morning Routine: Cozy and Productive

Brrrh! Winter is here. The coldest time of the year. Some of us love the winter, and others wish this time of the year would pass us by.

If you happen to be the latter, maybe implementing a winter morning routine can get you through this winter with ease.

Why You Need a Winter Morning Routine

The winter weather can be so harsh and unpredictable. It is snowing, ice-cold, and sometimes rainy. This can make the winter days feel dark and gloomy for a lot of people. So having the perfect winter morning routine ensures your warmth and wellbeing. 

The only thing I dislike about the winter is the cold. I can’t stand being cold.

But what I love about the winter is its beauty – the snow, the gray sky, and the bare trees. It’s almost as if time stands still. The calmness and slowness of everything. And just the opportunity to spend more time by yourself. (Any introverts here?)

Wake Up Early

The first step in your winter morning routine is to wake up early.

It’s winter. So of course it’s colder and darker outside, and that makes it so much harder to pull yourself from a warm, cozy bed. 

Set an alarm clock to challenge yourself to get up early.

Don’t Hit The Snooze Button

If you wake up late, it may be even more difficult to warm up and prepare yourself for the day ahead. So even though I know you want to, don’t hit that snooze button.

Rise and shine, sunshine!

Turn Up the Heat

To deal with the iciness of winter mornings, you’re going to want to turn up the heat. You don’t need to turn up the heater at full blast, but just enough so that you can walk around your home comfortably.

Take a Warm Shower

Not that you need one, but isn’t the cold winter weather the perfect excuse for a long..warm..luxurious shower? Have a warm shower to get your blood circulating and wake yourself up. It’s a great way to rejuvenate.

I know we love hot showers. But during the winter months, let’s stick to warm water for the shower. No need to burn our skin off.

Moisturize Your Skin

In the winter, my skin tends to get super dry and itchy. So while we can skimp on the moisturizer other times of the year, now is not the time.

After the winter morning shower, lather yourself with your favorite moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Dress Warmly

Now you’re fresh out of the shower. Your skin is moisturized. But what do you put on? My go-to is a big fluffy robe to help seal in that moisture. And since I’m working from home, I’ll just throw on some sweatpants and a loose-fitting shirt. 

I also can’t forget about my fluffy slippers. They keep my feet extra warm.

If you have to leave the house to run an errand or go to work then reach for these staple clothing items: 

  • Jeans
  • Long-sleeved shirt or sweater
  • Boots
  • Coat
  • Gloves, scarf, and a hat

Eat Your Breakfast

Don’t skip breakfast! Being cold and hungry is no fun. On winter mornings, I like to eat comforting foods. Some of my favorites are

  • Banana nut oatmeal
  • Muffins
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Banana nut bread
  • Eggs and bacon
  • Grapefruit

Have a Toasty Drink

Add some tasty, warm drinks to your winter morning routine. Coffee is a morning staple. But there are other beverages you could try like tea or hot chocolate.

But what kind of coffee? And what kind of tea? Well, here are some of my favorite drinks that I recommend. Add a splash of heavy cream and your choice of sweetener or don’t add anything at all. Sip, and enjoy.


  • Hazelnut by Gloria Jean
  • Hazelnut by Green Mountain
  • Cinnabon


  • Vanilla Chai
  • Early Grey 

Other Drinks

  • Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate

Make Time For Yourself

Make time for yourself every winter morning. This is the time where you can be alone and do things to reconnect with yourself. Here are some morning habits you can add to your routine.

  • Set and Evaluate Daily Goals. Set new goals and evaluate the ones you’re working towards.
  • Meditate. Take a couple of minutes to clear and relax your mind. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let go of thoughts as they come to you.
  • Get lost in book. Read a few pages from your favorite book.
  • Plan your day. If you know you have a busy schedule, try making a to-do list.
  • Journal. Make a gratitude list or answer some journal prompts.

What’s Your Ideal Winter Morning Routine

Winter mornings are made of steaming coffee, warm showers, foggy scenery, healthy breakfasts, and alone time.

What does your ideal winter morning routine look like? Is it one that rejuvenates you?

Designing a winter morning routine can be difficult. But with the right winter morning tips, your mornings will be more organized, warmer, and productive. And that sounds like the recipe to making every day a great day.

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