Ever heard the saying, “how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day”? Well it’s true! If you start off on the right foot, then the rest of your day will go a lot more smoothly. Having a positive outlook and planning out what you want to do with your day will set you up for success. Changing your morning routine to one that is healthier may seem troublesome at first but once it becomes second nature, you’ll find that you are happy with the changes you made.
Therefore, I suggest you try to implement these 9 morning habits in order to begin your day on a positive note each and every day.
1.) Wake up on the earlier side.
Not feeling rushed will start you off in a calm and relaxed state instead of in a frenzy, allowing you to get yourself in the right frame of mind before you set off to do whatever it is you need to do. Being up early also gives you much more time in the day to get things done!
2.) Smile and think of something positive.
Smiling, even if it is forced, tricks your brain into thinking you are happy and thus, it releases feel-good chemicals, putting you in a better mood. An example of a positive thought you may want to wake up with is, “I am grateful for all I have and to be given the gift of life.”
3.) Refrain from using any technology for at least 20 minutes.
Let yourself be present in the moment and unbothered by any external influences. If you overwhelm yourself checking text messages and emails, you will disturb your peaceful mindset and be left feeling stressed out, which is not a good way to feel starting off the day. Also, if you are somebody who checks social media when you first wake up, try not to do this because social media has been shown to have a negative influence on one’s mental well being.
4.) Make your bed.
Doing this will give you a sense of accomplishment and start you off feeling organized and in charge. Returning home at the end of the day to a neat bed, rather than messy, will also make you feel more at ease, no matter how the day went.
5.) Brush your teeth, as well as your tongue.
In your sleep, plaque and toxins accumulate in your mouth that you want to get rid of before eating so you don’t allow them to be reabsorbed back into your body.
6.) Drink an 8-oz glass of water with lemon.
This helps to jumpstart your metabolism and gets your organs up and running. It is always good to hydrate your body and adding lemon is just a bonus. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, they alkalize the body, and they have antioxidant properties.
7.) Do some stretches.
Stretching will help to both loosen up and increase blood flow to your muscles after sleeping. Here you may even want to incorporate meditation. This will allow you to connect with your mind and body, as well as make you mindful of your breathing so you can make sure to keep it balanced.
8.) Eat a healthy breakfast.
As you’ve probably heard before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Therefore, you should have something nutritional that has lean protein and healthy fats, not something sugary and high in saturated fats, which raises bad cholesterol.
9.) Make a to-do list for the day.
Having your goals clearly laid out in front of you will help you to feel organized and ready to conquer the day ahead. Then, you should prioritize which tasks are the most pressing so you can tackle them first. This way you’ll have a sense of purpose each day and feel satisfaction each time you cross a task off the list.
If you do these things, I promise you that you will start your off day feeling more refreshed and with a positive frame of mind, causing you to have a much better day overall.
∼ Taylor ♥ xoxo