Your daily morning routine sets the mood for the rest of your day, which is why it is important to start the day in a relaxed, focused and thoughtful manner instead of rushing out of the house to make it on time. A few lifestyle changes can result in you starting your day feeling energized, ready, and with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.
While there’s probably not an ideal morning routine that fits everyone, create your routine by choosing some ideas that appeal to you from the list below. You might need to try a few different things before you get a routine that you like, and that’s fine. Find the combination that suits you best.
It is extremely important to have a large glass of water first thing in the morning as your body is dehydrated after being deprived of water for 7-8 hours. It is strongly recommended to have room temperature water, ideally with a small lemon squeezed in to cleanse your body.
This is a tried-and-tested morning task by numerous successful people. Writing down at least three things you are grateful for in the morning helps you start the day with positive energy.
Having some sort of movement in the morning is a way of waking up your body and telling it the day has started. The movement can be anything from a few stretches, yoga, walk or a full-on workout.
If you haven’t meditated before, there are plenty of apps and YouTube tutorials available to help get you started. Meditation is extremely important in our fast paced life, and morning is the ideal time to do it. You will only need to take out 10-15 minutes in the morning, but will make you feel much better than you usually do.
Create a playlist that makes you feel great in the morning — whether it’s relaxing, upbeat or mentally stimulating. What you listen comes down to personal taste, of course, but we wouldn’t suggest anything too heavy first thing. Choose something that reflects how you want to feel throughout the day.
If you are one of those people who need to check their phone first thing in the morning, it is advised to refrain from going on social media websites or checking your emails as it keeps you distracted. Instead, you can look up some inspirational hashtags or accounts on Instagram to keep your mood fresh.
We cannot stress enough on the importance of breakfast. Depending on your food preferences and diet, look up some recipes online and prepare a menu for the entire week. A healthy breakfast will help keep you focused at work and also prevent you from munching on junk food throughout the day. Prep the night before to make your mornings hassle free.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a house with a backyard/garden, then stepping out in the sun for even 5-10 minutes would definitely make you feel great. It is a great way to get natural light and feel refreshed.
Early morning is the best time to plan out your day instead of going with the flow. Be clear about your objectives for the day and list then down priority wise. Break down your objectives in smaller tasks to make them easily achievable. Remember not to take up too many responsibilities which might end up making you feel overwhelmed. If a day is too busy, take some tasks forward to the next day.