We are so used to our daily routines we almost never think about changing them. But many of our morning habits aren’t helping us in being the best versions of ourselves. And just as the philosopher and writer Will Durant, once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in chaos — snoozing your alarm, going through your closet to find clothes, and forgetting breakfast and running to your car— the rest of your day seems to follow the footsteps? How you start your morning will determine your whole day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly.
When you practice healthy habits and healthy living in the morning, you set your day up for success.
1. Wake Up Early
And the longer you stay in bed, the more awful you feel. Five minutes is probably the main factor of whether you’ll have a wonderful day or an average one. When the alarm goes off, don’t lay there and give yourself time to negotiate with yourself. Stand up immediately and do something to wake yourself up, per example: take a shower, make breakfast or put clothes on.
2. Never Be a Fan of The Snooze Button
For some of us, it’s one of the worst feelings in the world to set your alarm and wake up early. But the feeling lasts for only five minutes if you instantly get out of bed and do something. The most important thing to do is get up the first time your alarm goes off, and not fall back into a sleep that it’s hard to come out of. The more you hit the snooze button, the more exhausted you’ll be.
3. Go for Jogging and Exercise in Open Air
When you feel great, it’s a whole lot easier to wake up early. A morning exercise or jog can make you think you gained a couple of extra hours in the day. Apart from that, it’s a great way to wake up and energize, clear your mind, and feel like you’ve already done something from the start. Besides, working out early means you get more sunlight, and your body produces more vitamin D, which is important to properly set your body’s internal circadian rhythm.
Morning meditation can assist you in making clear decisions on how you want your day to be and what you want to accomplish, which on the long run results in creating the life you really want to live. If you are a beginner, you can use the help of applications such as Headspace, or Calm.
The practice is very simple: Just get into a comfortable position (whether that means sitting or lying for you) and close your eyes. Inhale through the nose, hold your breath and exhale through your nose again. When you notice your mind wandering off, guide your attention back on the breath, and label it as “thinking”. Visualize what your intentions are for the day, open your eyes and stretch. To help you in your journey of meditation, the Jinglow app is also a great way to ease into a more mindful way of living.
5. Eat Healthy Breakfast
We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day a countless number of times. Taking the time to have a well-balanced, healthy breakfast results in more energy throughout the day and a better ability to concentrate. Three key ingredients of breakfast should have protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Try a couple of eggs (they can be scrambled, poached, hard-boiled or whatever you like) with a few avocado or tomato slices, or some Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.
6. Make a Day Plan
Making a “to-do” list for the day ahead takes only a few minutes, but it helps to keep your mind clear and writing down thoughts instead of keeping them floating around in your head. Prioritize your tasks and make sure you tackle the most important ones first and try to be realistic instead of creating a two-page list of tasks you won’t be able to complete.
7. Create Your Own Work Rhythm
Instead of completing your tasks the way you’re used to and the way everyone does them, take a step back and find out how you work best by trying many ways of organization. Per instance, you may need more or fewer breaks than other people do. It might take up some of your time, but it will be worthwhile in the end.
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