Do you ever feel like your day was rushed since you woke up? Snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out of the door can make the rest of your day feel chaotic. That is because the tone of your morning will determine the tone of the rest of your day, so planning ahead of time can help cut down on the crazy mornings. Here are 10 morning habits that can help you start your day off right.
- Stay unplugged from Tech
If you usually check your smartphone the moment you wake up for messages or work email, you will cause yourself to start off in a reactive mindset instead of a proactive one. Try detaching yourself from your technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with present-moment awareness and start your day in a place of inner peace and control.
Drinking a glass of water in the morning is not only an excellent way to hydrate your body, but adding lemon to a warm glass of water helps remove toxins from your digestive, provides a good source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, supports weight loss, and stimulates metabolism and digestion.
- Practice Optimism and Gratitude
Before you get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile, and practice gratitude. When you smile, it signals your brain to release the “feel-good” neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin) that help lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your heart rate. As you are smiling, think about all the things you are grateful for. Studies show that this helps reduce stress hormones and improves overall mood.
- Make Your Bed
It may seem redundant and a waste of time because you will use your bed again at night, but making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning and starts off your day feeling accomplished.
Some type of meditation can help ground you and train your mind and emotions which then influences how you react to challenges throughout the day. Here is a simple meditation you can do in the morning:
- Get in to a comfortable seated position and set a timer for five minutes.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
- Inhale through your nose for four counts, retain for four counts, and exhale through your nose for eight counts.
- Every time you notice your mind wandering, gently guide it back to focus on your breath.
- When the timer goes off, release your counting, but stay seated with your eyes closed for a moment.
- Set an intention for your day and visualize yourself meeting this intention.
- Open your eyes, draw your arms up to the sky for a stretch, and then move on with your day, carrying the calm energy and intention with you.
It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do. Whether it is a yoga routine, a walk with your pet, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting the gym, starting your day with movement energizes the body and mind. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, having some physical activity in the morning helps get your blood flowing and keep any mental chatter quiet.
- Put Yourself Together
Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-confidence, and it is one less thing you have to worry about throughout your day. This includes a shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, comb your hair, apply lotion, dress to impress, any other sort of hygiene/grooming habits that make you feel good about yourself. It could also include picking out your clothes the night before.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast
When you take time to eat a healthy breakfast including lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains you will have more energy throughout the day and be able to focus and concentrate better.
- Have a “To-Do” List Ready to Conquer
Write down a to-do list for the next day. Prioritize it so your list only has 3 to 5 items on it with the most important things first. Writing them down instead of keeping them on your mind helps clear any mental chatter throughout the day.
- Get Enough Sleep
To have any healthy morning habits, it is a good idea to get a well-rested sleep to have a well-rested body and mind for the upcoming day. The way you feel while you are awake has some to do with your sleep habits. If you are feeling groggy, irritable, or exhausted, you may not be getting enough sleep.