Start Your Day on the Right Foot

Written by: LIFESTYLE

Start Your Day on the Right Foot: Effective Morning Habits

You’ve probably watched a famous YouTuber’s morning routine and thought, “how do you get the time to do all that?” You’re not alone. For most people, a morning routine is nonexistent. Most people roll out of bed, take a shower, and have a quick breakfast as they rush out the door.

But chances are you don’t have a great day with such a routine. When you’re rushing to get to work every day, it seems like you’re speeding through your day as well, right? This happens because how you start your day affects how the rest of your day goes.

So why not make some changes and set yourself up for success? Consider the following morning habits to transform your day.

Master Your Routine

To set yourself up for a successful day, have your routine in mind at all times. Instead of making decisions in the morning, go to bed, knowing what your morning will entail. For instance, decide what you’ll wear before going to bed.

Such a small decision will give you more time to do other things in the morning. Since you won’t have to rummage through your closet for hours, you can meditate, exercise, or stretch before heading out. However, start by making your routine achievable and straightforward. This way, you won’t feel like you’re rushing. What’s more, you’re more likely to be productive.

Wake Up Early

You get so many benefits from waking up early. For one, early risers have the luxury of going through their morning leisurely.  Morning hours are also an excellent time to plan for the day and review goals. Not to mention, you have the time to exercise or do any other activity you may not have time to do later in the day.

Besides, the only way to have a meaningful morning routine is to create time to do it. Therefore, if you’re constantly waking up 30 minutes before you’re supposed to be out of the door, it won’t work.

Make Your Bed

While it may seem like a simple and mundane task to do, making your bed sets you up for success. Once you check off this simple task from your to-do list, it gives you a sense of accomplishment. As a result, you’re more likely to be motivated to check more things off your list.

In her book, “The Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin states that the simple act of making your bed can make you happier. When you create outside order, it creates inner calm.

Feed Your Mind

Feed Your Mind

We live in an era where everyone seems glued to their phone. The first thing most people do is reach out for their phones as soon as they wake up. This is one of the worst ways to start your morning. Research shows that high mobile phone use is correlated to increased depression and anxiety among men and women.

Therefore, if you don’t want to start your day feeling anxious and stressed, consider a different approach. Try listening to podcasts or refreshing music. Alternatively, you can spend the first few minutes of your day reading or seeking that essay help.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

You’ve probably heard this countless times; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So don’t skip it. Wake up early and prepare a balanced meal to begin your day. Incorporate lean protein, whole grains, and some healthy fats.

You get the following from a healthy breakfast meal:

  • You’ll stay full for a longer time;
  • You’ll have better concentration;
  • You’ll have increased energy;
  • You’re less likely to overeat, thereby allowing you to maintain a healthy weight.

Smile

Sometimes, starting your day right is as simple as having a smile on your face. The benefits of smiling go beyond making you feel good. It’s good for your body and mind. Smiling increases the release of feel-good hormones such as dopamine and endorphins.

Furthermore, it lifts your moods and improves your immune system. You don’t even have to have a genuine reason to smile. Even a forced smile gives you these benefits. However, you can try adding things around the house that make you smile. A quirky coffee mug and positive affirmations are great places to start.

Now Go

You don’t have to have a boring morning that makes you feel like you’re constantly doing the same thing. A simple change, like waking up early and adding a favorite activity in the morning, will go a long way. Try a few things for the next few days to identify what works for you. You’ll soon begin noticing the difference.

Last modified: September 26, 2020