Improve Your Morning Routine In 5 Easy Steps
Written by: Janet Early
The days get busy.
Many of us have families to take care of, full-time jobs or other responsibilities that need to be tended to each and every day. Let’s face it: at the end of a busy day, we’re usually too tired to accomplish the goals that are important to us.
This is why your morning routine is as important as ever.
The morning is often a breath of fresh air when you have some time to yourself and also feel recharged from the night’s sleep. Setting certain routines that you can commit to each morning will help you feel more accomplished, physically healthy and mentally calm throughout the day.
Here are 5 easy steps to amp up your morning routine:
1. Don’t Check Your Phone.
Often, we wake up and immediately check our unread texts and emails. For many of us, we even wake up to an alarm on our phones (guilty!).
Looking at your texts or social media in the morning takes you out of your world and thrusts you into the concerns and interests of other people. If you check work emails or read the news headlines, you are transferred into a state of stress and reaction.
The morning should be a time of proactivity rather than reaction and a time of doing rather than observing. Save time to look at your phone until at least an hour after you wake up (later if you can). If you use your phone as an alarm clock, buy an old-school, stand-alone alarm clock and use that instead.
This way, you can use the precious early morning time to focus on self-growth and your internal wants and needs.
2. Do A Mindful Check-In
During busy days, it’s easy for the hours to slip by. That’s why it’s key to practice mindfulness in the morning.
Mindfulness could mean an activity like journaling, meditating, doing yoga, drawing or playing music, as long as you focus on one thing and are present. Benefits include reduced anxiety, better ability to cope with stress throughout the day and improved attention levels.
Whatever your activity of choice is, regular mindfulness practice is an important tool to keep you calm and focused throughout your busy day.
Morning exercise has substantial benefits to your overall wellbeing.
Exercise revs up your metabolism and your mind, fueling your fat-burning mechanisms and brain activity as soon as your day starts. Furthermore, studies show that morning exercisers tend to be more consistent, thus ensuring the long-term benefits of their healthy routine.
Adopting a morning exercise routine also leads you to make healthy choices all day long, spanning the realms of nutrition, movement and stress-management choices. Studies have also shown that people who work out in the morning get more optimal sleep at night.
Additionally, if you move a lot in the morning, you will feel less anxiety over finding time to cram in exercise later in the day when things get busier.
P.S. Exercise can also fulfill the Mindful Check-In step if you practice mindfulness while working out!
4. Make Progress Toward Your Main Goal
Many of us work full-time jobs and/or have families to take care of. These major responsibilities leave little extra time to work on passion projects.
What goal do you wish you had time to achieve? This is the goal that you should set aside 30-60 minutes in the morning to work towards!
It may not seem like much time, but if you commit to it each and every day, you will see progression. This progress would be tricky to achieve at any other point in the day. Go for it!
5. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
It’s hard to crush it during the day if your blood sugar is crashing. Make sure to start each day with a satiating breakfast, full of healthy fats and protein. Pair your meal with a green juice or Organifi drink to fill your waking body with the nutrients it needs to be successful all day long.
A nutrient-dense breakfast will keep you full, stabilize blood sugar levels and boost brain power.
Great examples of a winning breakfast include:
- A vegetable omelet cooked in coconut oil
- Gluten-free oatmeal topped with almonds and walnuts
- A breakfast smoothie
- Turkey bacon and eggs
- Smoked salmon and berries
Here is an example of a successful morning routine using the above steps:
- 6am: Wake up
- 6:15-6:45am: Yoga with deep breathing (exercise & mindfulness)
- 7-8am: Work on your goal of designing a website
- 8am-8:30am: Eat a satiating, nutrient-dense breakfast
It may be tricky in the beginning to start your routine, but once you get into the groove, you will find it impossible to stop!
What helps get you going in the morning? Please share below!
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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