The actions and tasks we do every single day shape our life and allow us to work towards the goals we have for our life. The habits we have in the morning in particular, set the bar for our day. If we start off on the wrong foot, we most likely won’t have the most productive day. This is why cultivating a positive, productive morning routine is so vital to our day’s progress.
By incorporating even just a few of the following habits into your morning routine this New Year, you’ll be setting up each and every morning for a productive day ahead.
Wake Up at the Same Time Everyday
It is so easy to hit the snooze button every morning and roll out of bed at the very last moment, but it is essential to your day to train yourself to wake up at the same time to avoid rushing in the morning. By waking up at the same time each day (the first time the alarm goes off, not the fifth) you will be enforcing this habit and overtime, it will no longer be such a struggle to get up, but your body will start naturally waking up at that time and your urge to hit snooze will lessen immensely.
Ignore Your Phone
Don’t reach for your phone, I repeat, DON’T REACH FOR YOUR PHONE the first thing in the morning. This is the ultimate time suck in the morning and without a doubt will lead you to running late. Instead of surfing the web from bed each morning, you actually need to start putting your phone on airplane mode and move it to across the room before you go to bed. This will not only help you get out of bed in the morning to turn off your alarm, but by putting it on airplane mode the night before, you also avoid the temptation of checking a bunch of notifications. This one habit alone will make a world of difference in your morning routine.
After getting out of bed and turning off your alarm, try to start your day off with meditating. Meditating will help you clear your mind for the day ahead and help you focus on living in the present moment. There are so many benefits to meditating including reducing stress and anxiety, increasing happiness, improving concentration, eliminating negative thoughts, and many more benefits.
Similarly to the benefits of meditating, focusing on what you’re grateful for in the morning sets up a positive outlook on your day. It shifts your focus to the positive, puts purpose in your day, and improves overall psychological health. Try keeping a journal on your nightstand and jotting down three to five things you’re grateful for every single morning.
Make Your Bed
After mediating and completing your gratefulness journal, make your bed. While this may not seem like a big deal, making your bed allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment for completing your first task of the day. By accomplishing this one task, you’ll be motivated to accomplish the next. It’s a great habit to add to your morning routine.
Drink a Warm or Room Temperature Cup of Water with Lemon
After a full night’s sleep, your body is dehydrated and drinking a warm or room temp cup of water with lemon in the morning promotes hydration. It also aids in digestion and helps flush out toxins. Other health benefits include fresh breath, kidney stone prevention, weight loss support, common cold prevention, metabolism boost, and many more!
Do Yoga or Workout
Moving your body in the morning is very important. You’ve just been laying down for eight hours and now may be heading to a job where you’ll be sitting for another eight hours, so it is very important to get up and get moving! Doing some yoga or getting your workout in before your day gets started not only helps your body wake up, but also helps you avoid the contemplation after work on whether or not you should go to the gym.
Take a Cold Shower
Taking cold showers surprisingly has many health benefits. In the morning, it’s not only going to help with waking up, but it actually can relieve depression, improves circulation, stimulate weight loss, speed up muscle recovery, and helps with skin and hair health. If you can’t handle a full on cold shower in the morning, even making it colder just in the last few minutes can be greatly beneficial.
Listen to Music, A Motivational Podcast, or A Book On Tape
While you’re getting ready in the morning, start listening to music that makes you happy and feel alive, or use that time to listen to a motivational podcast or book on tape that will help your future. Consistently learning and working towards a goal impacts your life greatly, so why not start every morning working towards it by learning something new or just focusing on your own happiness?
Smoothie for Breakfast
With so many temptations to eat unhealthy throughout your day, make a commitment to yourself to start your mornings off right. Not only is making a morning smoothie easy to do everyday, it also helps with weight loss, is rich in minerals and vitamins, helps you get your greens in early, fills you up, helps you stay hydrated, and many more. By eliminating the “What will I eat for breakfast?” every morning, that’s one less decision to make and focus on.
Having a morning routine is a domino effect. If you accomplish your first positive task of the day, you’re more likely to accomplish the next and then the next. An important note about habits is that it is much easier to add a new one to your existing list of good habits as opposed to expecting yourself to do one randomly throughout your day.
Try incorporating one of these new habits to your morning routine and slowly build that routine into a successful one that supports the ultimately goals you have for your life.