Starting your morning off right can lead to a very successful day! Not only will you be in full control of your day, but you’ll have started off on the right (read: positive) foot. How you start your day often has a huge impact on how it shapes up.
If you want a great day, here’s the morning routine you should always start with. Seven simple steps, but they can make a world of difference on the rest of your day:
Setting an alarm clock and waking up on the FIRST ring is crucial for your morning routine.
Setting the time you wake up allows you to take control over your morning, setting you off on the right foot. When you hit the Snooze button over and over, you’re procrastinating, and that can affect the rest of your day. But, if you wake up when the alarm goes off, you’re immediately seizing the day and taking charge of your life, no matter how sleepy you feel.
Don’t just wake up; get up! Get out of bed as soon as you hear the alarm and get on with the next step.
You’ve been lying down all night, which means you need to move around a bit to send some blood to your organs and muscles. The best way to do that is with a few healthy stretches and exercises.
Healthy, active people tend to start their morning off with a few minutes of exercise: a set or two of push-ups, a set of squats, some crunches, and any other simple bodyweight exercises you can do. Spending just 3-5 minutes on a bit of exercise can get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your brain working.
If you don’t want to start the morning with a workout, don’t sweat it. Just spend a few minutes stretching your body, limbering up your muscles and joints after a night spent in bed. A few Yoga Sun Salutations can do wonders to get your mind and body ready for the day ahead.
Always bring positivity into your morning, and you’ll have a more positive day.
As you stretch (or after you finish), spend a few minutes on mindfulness and gratitude exercises. Go over the list of all the good things that happened the previous day, and express your gratitude for everything positive that happened. You can do it aloud or in your mind—all that matters is that you take time to think about the good, beneficial, and uplifting things. They’ll all help improve your mood.
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The fewer decisions you have to make in the morning, the more mental real estate you have free for tough decisions you’ll have to make later on. That means it’s vital to plan your morning the night before:
Set out your clothes for the day ahead
Plan your morning schedule (kids school drop-off, feeding the pets, etc.)
Have your breakfast menu set
Know your plan for getting off to work
Going through a simple morning routine can be a wonderful way to make your morning as easy and painless as possible, helping you be more productive the rest of the day.
You should have a list of what you plan to accomplish every day—written or mental, it doesn’t matter. Take time to plan the night before so all you have to do in the morning is go over the list and see what you’ve got scheduled for the day. Following that to-do list will help you to get all the important tasks out of the way first thing in the morning and keep you on track to accomplish your goals.
A few minutes at the breakfast table with your spouse, children, parents, or siblings can make a world of difference for your daily mood. Make family interaction a central part of your daily routine. It won’t just benefit you—it’s important for the rest of your family to feel connected to you and each other.
This is the final and most important step! When you rush out the door and barely make it to work on time, you start the day already frazzled and worried. But, if you get out the door at a reasonable hour, with plenty of time for your morning commute, you’ll arrive at the office early and un-stressed. You’ll even have time to exchange pleasantries with your coworkers, fill up your water bottle, and get settled into your desk before the day’s stresses begin. Leaving on time (read: early) is critical for a relaxed, stress-free day.
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