7 Healthy Morning Habits To Start Your Day Off Right
When we’re kids, our parents teach us habits to create a morning routine like brushing your teeth and combing your hair. And even though these habits stick with us for life, they don’t have much meaning to them (besides looking like a functioning member of society). What I mean is brushing your teeth and combing your hair doesn’t necessarily set you up for a productive day. So I want to share 7 healthy morning habits to start your day off on a positive note.
Create A Solid Routine
Getting in the pattern of a consistent morning routine will help all aspects of your life. It seems that when I am prepared and my morning goes smoothly, so does the rest of my day. I make it as easy as possible for myself to get my day started because I know I’m not a morning person. This usually means I lay out my workout or street clothes for the day and make my to-do lists the night before. Whatever routine you create for yourself, so it every single day.
One of the first things I do in the morning (besides brush my teeth) is declutter my area. After the bed is made, I clean up whatever mess was left from the night before. Let’s face it, sometimes we stay up until we become a useless plate of wobbly jello. I do feel there is a correlation between your environment and your ability to think. Whether that’s making your bed or wiping down your bathroom counters, get your space organized. Your environment should be a reflection of the clarity you need to focus in order to get shit done.
Be Thankful & Journal
Nothing puts me in a better mood than thinking about all the things I’m grateful for. If you want to connect to your world even more, write down what you are thankful for in a journal. Daily reflection can help you focus on successes instead of complaining about the messes. It’s hard to move forward when you stop remembering all of your wins along the way. Maybe you’re still half way to getting that degree. But at least you started and are doing the best you can. Concentrating on the things you are proud of is a healthy way to keep fueling that motivation and positive self-talk.
Move Your Body
I prefer to workout in the mornings because it’s something I can check off my list early in the day. Even if you don’t have a structured workout routine, spend a few minutes walking, practice yoga, or any low impact activity. You could even take at least five minutes to stretch a certain muscle group. Stretching improves flexibility and range of motion, although it doesn’t relieve muscle soreness. There is a huge misconception that stretching can help you recover faster, however, you can find real ways to prevent and recover from sore muscles here.
Making a to-do can help you figure out what you want to accomplish for the day. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t check everything off. To-do lists are a great way to visibly see your goals and priorities for the day. Save your brain some energy and write everything you need to do. Then you can order each task in order of importance. This helps me decide what needs to get done now and what can wait until tomorrow.
Put On Your Business Suit
Okay, maybe not everyone works a corporate job. But even if you work from home, I think it’s important to change out of your pjs or sweats and into an outfit that’s put together. It’s so easy to throw on whatever and start your day. And no, you don’t need a suit or anything dressy. Even if you just put on a pair of jeans and a nice top, it will get you in a more productive mindset. This is something I’ve been implementing into my day and it really does help me feel more confident and creative.
We live in a society that is very focused on wealth, abundance, achieving goals, and comparing yourself to one another. I mean, come on, you have to realize how hilarious this all can be at the end of the day (or the earlier, the better). When I get in a morning belly laugh, I feel like it sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. Laughter is also an easy way to reduce stress. Life is short, try not to take yourself too seriously out there. Watch a funny video or talk to that friend who you know can make you laugh until you cry. Do whatever you have to do to release those endorphins!
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Peace & Love,