Isn’t it the goal to make your mornings as productive as possible? And though that may be the goal, most people find themselves hitting the snooze button three times in a row; then laying in bed debating whether or not they really need to shower before heading into the office.
But mornings don’t have to be that way! There are so many easy ways to make your mornings bright and sunny, even when the weather isn’t. It’s all about implementing a routine that will help you get out of a bed with a positive mindset. With a few small changes, you’ll be able to take control of your day.
Start by preparing the night before
The best way to start a morning routine is to start it at night. Making sure all your clothes are ready for the next day, your lunch is packed, and everything else is in order will help to set your mind at ease so you can get some quality sleep.
Also by preparing the night before, your morning will become practically stress-free. No one likes to start their day rushing to do everything before they leave the house for work. Mornings should be easy-going so you can enjoy sipping your coffee while focusing on the day ahead.
Get up at the same time every day
Setting your alarm to the same time every day and actually getting out of bed at the same time every day are two entirely different things. It’s hard, at first, to push yourself to cut ties with those soft sheets and cozy down comforter at five or six in the morning. But when done over the course of a couple of weeks, you will quickly get into the habit of it.
That alarm may sound like nails on a chalkboard to you as it interrupts your sleepy dreams, but your internal clock will thank you for training it to be consistent. Having a strict time to wake up to will help you feel more in control of your mornings. And over time, you’ll begin to love being an early-bird.
Any type of stretching or exercising in the morning will help get the blood flowing all over, from your brain to your toes. Whether it’s a 20-minute yoga session, a 45-minute jog on the treadmill, or a quick walk outside with your dog, you will reap the benefits of morning physical activity.
Morning stretching is also a great way to get active in the morning, without ruining your hair and makeup. Simply lift your hands above your head for a minute or two, bend at the waist for a few seconds, and sway side-to-side a couple of times. These simple movements will make it easier for you to feel motivated to actually leave your house and go to work!
Eat a good breakfast
There is no shortage of benefits when it comes to eating a good breakfast. What you put in your body in the morning, determines how you will feel for the rest of the day. So it’s important you eat something filling and nutritious.
Some great choices for morning breakfasts are oatmeal with fruit, eggs in all styles, or a protein-packed smoothie. All of these items can also be made the night before so that when you wake up, all you need to do is take it out of the fridge, or throw it in the microwave.
Do something for yourself
One of the most important aspects of a morning routine is to do something for yourself. Doing something that makes you happy before you have to go to work and make other people happy is essential to living a balanced and productive life.
Consider journaling in the morning to establish your goals for the day. Or maybe read for 20 minutes while you enjoy your morning coffee. The choices for a little me-time in the AM are endless. So, do what makes you happy!