The way you begin each day has an influence on how the rest of your day goes. Establishing a healthy morning routine can do wonders for the health of your mind and body.
Don’t Hit Snooze
Set a reasonable time to wake up and stick to it! Groaning and hitting snooze five times each morning is setting yourself up for failure. Allow yourself 30-90 minutes to enjoy your routine each morning. Having this full window each morning will allow your body to fully wake up and prepare for your day before it truly begins.
Fuel Your Body
Whether you crave a cup of coffee in the morning or usually forget to drink anything until later in the day, it’s important to drink a glass of water to hydrate after your full night of sleep. Eating a healthy breakfast is also a very important part of your day. Stay away from fast food or sugary treats. It may be helpful to prep your breakfasts to ensure you’re getting lean protein, whole grains or fruit each morning.
Meditate or Exercise
You don’t have to devote a lot of time from your morning to meditation or exercise but spending 10-15 minutes can greatly impact your day. Getting your blood flowing first thing in the morning helps you have more energy throughout the day. This can be as simple as stretching, going for a walk, or doing some light weight training.
Meditation is a great way to prepare for your day, focusing on what you have coming up and all that you have to be thankful for.
Create a List
Of course, you’re going to feel better about your day if it’s productive and the best way to kick things in gear is to decide what needs to be done. Creating a list of the five most important things to get done that day will not only give you a sense of satisfaction as you check them off but it’s also helpful for prioritizing tasks.
Beginning your day with positive thoughts is guaranteed to make your day better. Start each morning reflecting on your abilities and opportunities instead of complaining about your lack of sleep or busy day ahead.