Is your time in the morning serving you? Whatever you do—do your mornings excite you? If the answer is anything less than affirmative, you might need to revisit your morning routine. It might seem like a task at first, but it can be fun. Not to mention, it feels terrific to get things done and feel at ease for the day, knowing you prepared the best way you can.
Stabilize: Mind and Body
That said, there are thousands of ways to go about it. This is fitting as no two people live the same day with the same needs. What’s best for you is essentially up to you, but we’ve got some ideas to get you started. Setting the tone for the rest of your day is important to be successful in whatever you’re doing, even if it’s just relaxing.
Prep Your Mind
Every day is a clean slate for your mind. Don’t unconsciously carry yesterday’s trials into the morning. This can happen easily, sometimes ruining our mood without us noticing. Tell your mind you’re ready for whatever the day has in-store today.
Set up the night Before
If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have much time in the morning for one reason or another, try viewing the night before as your “morning routine.” Try prepping your breakfast at night. Or partake in some other at-night preparations like making a to-do list, or reflecting on the day you had as not to carry unresolved feelings into the next day.
Wake Up with Ease
Rise free of unnecessary added stress. Set your alarm and refuse to press snooze. Once that initial alarm goes off, you’ve already broken the most beneficial sleep cycle. Avoid oversleeping by getting enough rest and sticking with your alarm. If hitting the snooze button is too tempting, place your phone far away from your bed. This way, you’re forced out of bed to shut off your alarm.
If you find you’re the kind of person who needs to be ready quickly, try these tips for getting ready faster in the morning.
Set Your Intentions
Flying blind into the day is one way to go about it. But if we’re talking routine, setting your intentions can be more beneficial than you know. Try a morning meditation to get centered; some people swear by it.
Get Your Body Going
Ever been a victim of lying in bed for too long, and before you know it, it gets harder and harder to leave? Often our minds decide how we feel, and our body follows suit. Get going by setting yourself into motion.
Wake Your Body
Awaken your body by promoting oxygen and blood flow. Try some breathwork or morning yoga poses to get your organs pumping and body moving.
Choose Your Fuel Wisely
Having energy for your day is essential for whatever you’re doing. Choose a nutritious breakfast, even if it has to be on the go. Make sure your digestive system is working top notch by practicing a gut health ritual.
Working out the details of what’s right for your day isn’t always simple, and can take time to find an ideal balance. One thing you can be sure of is that setting yourself straight mentally and physically will never fail to benefit you in the morning.