Oftentimes, we overlook how few hours of preparation can turn a dreadful day into a happy and productive one. If you don’t have a morning routine yet, then it’s time to start practicing these habits that will give you the physical, emotional, and mental readiness to start your day right:
As tempting as it is, do not spend your first minutes awake checking your phone. There will be a time to check emails and messages, later. You know you’re only a click away from mindlessly surfing the internet; be aware of the present and start your day with a positive and clear mind.
You might’ve already heard of this seemingly unimportant advice: make your bed. This simple act of making your bed not only disciplines you, but it also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Who doesn’t want to start their day with a mindset that they conquer anything? Going home to a tidy bed feels very nice and welcoming too.
Exercise, or at least stretch for a few minutes. Everyone in the world knows the benefits of exercise to the mind and body. Sadly, not everyone is motivated enough to have a daily workout routine especially if it’s early in the morning. Start small by choosing an exercise that engages you. You can jog, walk with your pet, and do some simple yoga poses or a quick set of push-ups. It doesn’t have to last long, all you need to do is get your blood flowing and awaken your mind.
Drink at least one glass of water since you haven’t had any in all the hours that you slept. Try adding lemon in warm water to help flush out toxins from your digestive tract that may have accumulated overnight. Lemon also provides vitamin C, freshens breath, and stimulates digestion and metabolism. Don’t forget the most important part: eat a healthy breakfast. Downing some lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains will give you energy and a stronger ability to concentrate throughout the day.
It’s a given to look good in order to feel good, right? Build your self-confidence by putting the effort into your daily look. Nobody’s telling you to dress this or that way here, choose what makes you comfortable and feel “put together.” Shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on some make-up maybe, and dress to impress!
It’s almost time to go! Before you get caught up in all the work and errands you have to do, organize your thoughts and schedule your day by writing down a “to-do” list. Rank them in order of priority and check your calendar for some events or deadlines that you might have forgotten. This way, you’ll be satisfied with ticking off items as you go along your day. It helps to have a mental note, too.
Lastly, be optimistic and thankful for the new day. Religious people often start their days with prayer. If you’re not the kind to do so, practice gratitude by thanking yourself and maybe even smiling in front of a mirror. Smiling signals your brain to release dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin which lift your mood, relax your body, and stabilizes your heart rate. Reflect upon what you’re grateful for and try not to lose your positive mindset throughout your day.