A good start to your morning can influence your entire day, so it’s important to get it right. We know not everyone is a morning person, but having a productive morning can ensure you end the day feeling accomplished. With so many of us working from home during the pandemic, our morning routine is even more important. Some people think it takes around 21 days to form a habit, so sticking to this routine means you’ll recognize a significant change in your lifestyle for the better. We have some tips for the ultimate morning routine so you can make the most out of your morning.
Wake up early
It’s easier said than done. Waking up early sounds unappealing, especially if you’ve had a long night. But sleeping in may not give you the same satisfaction that you’ll get by achieving a proper sleep schedule and waking up early. Nothing compares to the feeling of waking up before the world and looking out your window to see the sun just rising over the horizon. Depending on your preference, setting an alarm for sometime between 6-8 a.m. will give you an early start to your day.
Try to stay off your phone
As hard as it is, try to stay off your phone during your morning routine. It’s better to ease your mind back into reality after a peaceful night of relaxation. We all know how easy it is to be sucked into the world of technology – and once we’re sucked in, there is no logging off anytime soon. So, for now, just enjoy the time you have with yourself. Instead of hopping on social media or the news, drink a glass of water. Even before breakfast, it’s always great to chug a glass of water just to rehydrate after the night and signal to your body that you’re ready to start the day.
Move your body
There is no pressure on going all out for hours, because spending just 10 minutes on something that gets you moving will suffice. Go for a quick run, do some yoga or simply just stretch your body. Even the smallest activity will have an impact, especially when part of a daily morning routine. It’s always better to do something you enjoy. Don’t force yourself to go for a run, knowing that you hate it – that won’t do you any favors.
Keep a shower and skin care routine
After getting your body moving, you may need to hit the shower to freshen up for the day. Even if you didn’t break a sweat, a morning shower is a great way to wake you up and get you going. This is also a good time to focus on a little self-love with your skin care routine.
Refueling your body with a nutritious and delicious breakfast will keep you energized throughout your morning. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but anyway, who doesn’t love a good breakfast? Top it off with coffee, tea or some refreshing cold juice to really refresh your mind and body first thing in the morning.
Spend time journaling or reading
Time we spend away from technology is scarce nowadays, so cherish every second you have not glued to a screen. Journaling is an excellent way to organize your thoughts and jot down ideas, reminders and your feelings. If you don’t journal already, now is a perfect time to start. You’ll notice how much easier it is to attend to your emotions when it’s all written down in front of you. However, we understand that journaling may not be for everyone, so if you’ve tried it and it doesn’t resonate, try reading a few pages from your favorite books in the morning instead.
Create your to do list
Mornings are the time to think ahead and plan how you are going to spend the day. Whether you have deadlines to meet or piles of laundry to wash, knowing your goals for that day will make tasks more achievable. Although, you also don’t want to strain yourself with an unattainable amount of work. You will only be stressing yourself out. So, keep your goals manageable. Don’t forget to also reward yourself after reaching your goals. This will keep you motivated to keep your head up throughout the day while completing your tasks.
Having a morning routine will give your mind and body reassurance of a productive day ahead. The morning routine that fits you won’t come to you on your first try, so don’t be afraid to explore different routine options. After trial and error, you’re sure to find your ultimate morning routine.
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