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Develop a great morning routine with these 10 excellent morning habits!
1. Move Around and Hydrate
You may not be excited about the idea of jogging or exercising in the morning, but simply moving around can help you get your day started. You don’t have to go to the gym to start your morning with a little movement.
Getting your body moving will boost your circulation. Try some simple stretches, on-the-spot jumps and jogging, or even dancing.
Drinking water will also keep you energized throughout the entire day. To help you, keep a water bottle with you at home or work, to remind you to stay hydrated.
2. Take a Warm Shower
Once you’re awake and moving, taking a warm shower before you do anything else will help you feel refreshed and energized for the day ahead.
Try not to have the water too hot. Instead, opt for warmer water. This will help both your digestive and immune system get up and running for the day.
3. Let the Natural Light In
While not always possible, waking up to, or letting in natural light is a far better way to start your day than being jolted awake amid darkness.
You can try leaving a slight gap in your curtains or your shutters, so that even a little natural light can find its way into your dark bedroom before you awake.
If this isn’t possible, be sure to open the curtains in your bedroom, kitchen, or the areas of your home you spend the first part of the morning.
Natural light helps improve mood and helps align your day with your circadian rhythm. If you wake up in total darkness, your body still thinks it is nighttime, hence getting going in the morning is much harder.
4. Write in a Gratitude & Goals Journal
Start the day right by writing down five things you’re grateful for in your gratitude journal and visualizing five goals for the future.
Writing things you’re grateful for will put you in a good mood to start the day. You’ll also learn to appreciate the good things in your life!
After that, write down and visualize five goals for your future. Try to be as specific as possible, and really imagine what it will be like when you achieve those goals!
5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Your breakfast should be your fuel in the morning that will keep you energized throughout the day.
Choose healthier breakfast options that will satisfy your food cravings and give you energy, such as oatmeal, smoothies, low-fat sandwiches, or fruit and yogurt parfaits.
If you can, try to avoid high-fat and high-sugar breakfasts. While the initial sugar rush will make you feel energized, the inevitable crash will set you up for a day of mood cycles.
6. Prepare Your Own Lunch and Drinks
A good diet is key to focus, productivity, health, and happiness. But in those manic mornings, the urge to pick up coffee or snacks on the way to work is often simply too convenient.
But grab-and-go food and coffee is often packed with sugar, fat, and salt. Making your own packed lunch is the healthier option.
To help, either prepare the food the night before, or at least have the ingredients in the fridge, ready to assemble. Keep your lunch simple, and stick to easy-to-assemble meals, like fruit salads.
Preparing your own coffee in a travel mug too, for the sake of a few minutes of your time, is healthier in the long run, and will save you money on expensive takeaway coffee.
7. Message a Loved One
Keep in touch with the people you love by sending an encouraging text message to them every morning.
The message doesn’t have to be anything important or earth-shattering. It can simply tell your loved ones that you are thinking of them.
8. Learn a New Word
Commit to learning a new word every day – both the definition of the word and the pronunciation.
This may seem like an odd thing to do in the morning, but it’s a great way to keep your brain engaged and improve your communication skills.
Quick Tip: It’s even better to learn a new word in a foreign language every day!
9. Do Something That Makes You Happy
Have a few minutes of you-time in the morning. Doing something for yourself will help put you into a happy, positive mood, and help clear your mind, ready for the day ahead.
You could sit with your morning coffee and read the news, play with your pet, or get a little fresh air in the garden.
You could also listen to some music, doodle, write in your journal, or a whole host of other things. You know what you love best, so try to make a little time for it every morning.
10. Write down 1-3 goals for the day
Don’t let the entire day go by without achieving anything important, so make a list of the things you want to do and the tasks you want to accomplish by the end of the day.
Don’t make a long list of tasks that are impossible to accomplish during the day as that will leave you frustrated and disappointed. To make things easier, rate each task with a grade from 1 to 5, based on its importance.
Pick your top 1-3 goals, and focus on those before moving on to any other items on your to-do list.
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If you feel like mornings are a race against the clock, it’s time to take back your time, energy, and positivity.
Like anything in life, a positive morning needs a little planning and practice to get right. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many changes.
Simply introduce one or two new habits at a time, and be patient. Over time, as you develop these morning habits, you’ll find yourself setting yourself up for happy and productive days more frequently.