Starting your day off right can have a snowball effect on the rest of your day. It’s easy to push the snooze button on your alarm a few times and at the last minute to fall out of bed and rush out the door to make your first appointment of the day. But imagine how much more peaceful your day would be if you were in control of your day from the start. The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly.
Here are some suggestions on how to start your day off right:
1. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier
One of the main reasons why many of us fall victim to messy and muddled mornings is because we don’t leave ourselves enough time to get things done. It’s easy to say that you’re going to wake up early in the morning and finish a few tasks, but once the morning rolls around and the alarm is going off, we often find ourselves reaching for the snooze button. It can be difficult to change this habit, but try to make it a goal to wake up as soon as the alarm goes off and set your day off right.
2. Stay unplugged from technology
If the first thing you do when you wake up is to check your smartphone for messages or emails, you are doing yourself a disservice. You are immediately cultivating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one, which will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of inner peace and control.
Instead, try remaining detached from technology for the first hour of your day so that you can begin your day with a positive focus.
3. Practise mindfulness or meditation
During the day, our minds remain busy and occupied with a number of different issues that need our attention. In this context, it is best to take a few moments out of your morning schedule for yourself and try to calm your mind down. Through the practice of mindfulness, you will learn how to examine, tolerate and digest your stress and distress in an ongoing way.
4. Move your body
Exercise is a great way to start your day. Instead of thinking that you need to hit the gym in the morning, start with a walk around your neighbourhood to get you moving. Use this time to clear your head and to connect with yourself. During the day, things get busy and we often fail to take time out for ourselves. If you can do this in the morning before your schedule starts, you’ll be better prepared to take on what the day has in store for you.
Incorporating even fifteen minutes of exercise into your morning routine will do wonders for your stress levels and productivity. Fifteen minutes might not seem long enough to dramatically impact your fitness levels, but you’d be surprised by the benefits even a short walk can bring.
- A 2017 study found that morning exercise was more effective at controlling how much you eat throughout the day.
- According to the National Sleep Foundation. working out in the morning even leads to deeper sleep at night.
- And of course,walking invigorates you, gets your blood flowing and if done outside, gets you that little burst of fresh air and vitamin D.
5. Kiss the sun for 15 minutes every morning
The sun should form an important part of your morning routine. Just fifteen minutes of sun exposure in the morning (between 6 and 8:30 am) helps you in setting your sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythm) and streamlining your schedule. Sunlight is also thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin which is a hormone associated with boosting mood and helping you to feel calm and focused during the day.
6. Set your intention for the day
When you get clear on how you want your day to go or what you want to feel or accomplish, you can make clear decisions that create the life you truly want to live. Don’t just think about it though, write your goals down. Setting goals for the day can also get your thoughts out of your head and into an organised plan which can set you up for success in achieving them.
The above healthy morning routine is intended to be experimented with, adjusted and added to. As it is, it provides a set of activities that will help you face the day feeling energised, focused and accomplished. Tweak the time accordingly and it can become an even more powerful personal routine that’s purpose-built just for you.
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