Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—initially snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door—the rest of your day seems to reflect the same mood of chaos as well?
The tone of the morning routine will determine the tone of your day. When you form healthy habits for the morning, you are just setting your day up for success and better results in life. An integral part of developing a healthy habit is becoming intentional with it and also forming them until they become second nature.
Here are 6 simple habits that you can use to create a morning routine that will set you up for success.
Stay unplugged from mobile
If the first thing you do when you wake up is catch up on the notifications- messages or work email- it is a very bad approach. It is just creating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one. It is not creating a place of inner peace and control.
Instead, when one remains detached from technology for the first hour of the day, it will increase the present-moment awareness and also a positive focus.
Practice optimism and gratitude
Before you get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to practice gratitude and smile. When you are happy, a signal is sent to your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin), which would uplift your mood, calm the body, and also lower the heart rate.
As you feel good, first thing in the morning, start reflecting upon what you’re grateful for. This will reduce the stress hormones and also improve mood. So, adding a simple daily gratitude practice would be a great way to kick-start your morning.
Make it a habit to take one minute in bed before you rise to reflect on one person and also one opportunity for which you are grateful for in your life.
Focus on small accomplishments
It may seem like a waste of your precious time, unimportant, or unnecessary, but making your bed is just a simple action you can perform in the morning that makes you start your day feeling accomplished. In this way, you are just taking charge and at the same time completing simple tasks. Such a thing will give you the foundation to take on more and more throughout the day.
Put yourself together
Putting time and effort into your appearance would help in building self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it just boosts your morale and is just one less thing to worry about throughout your day.
This step may involve picking out the clothes the night before or putting together an outfit before sleeping or ironing your clothes. This would aid you in looking presentable, and also feeling good about yourself.
Eat a healthy breakfast
It's a very well known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you get time to eat a healthy wholesome breakfast that has lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains, you’ll feel more energy throughout the day within yourself. It would also impact your ability to focus and concentrate.
Have a “To-Do” list
Take a few minutes of your early morning to write down a “to-do” list for the day ahead. This will aid in prioritizing your day, that is tasks ranked in order of priority to make sure you tackle the most pressing things first.
Writing down your “to-do’s” instead of just letting them float around in your mind, will help you clear up the mental chatter. This will also enhance your sense of purpose by achieving your tasks.
Your morning routine is nothing without a good night’s sleep behind it. A healthy human requires between seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you constantly see yourself trying to get by on less than seven hours of sleep, it will catch up with you.
Your mornings can just bring out the difference between a productive day or a sluggish one. These habits have powerful ripple effects on the mood, energy and also focus for the rest of the day. Every morning is just seen as a starting point. Create a more personal and positive routine that works for you and also will help you feel calm, controlled and productive.
Formulate a routine that works for you. Do not feel pressured to adjust to people’s standards of what morning should look like. Be flexible and open, know when to pivot to make things as simple as possible for yourself.