Most of us wake up every morning, throw some clothes on, race out the door to try to make it to work on time, or take care of our kids, do house chores and try to do whatever else fills our day.
It's common to have an untouched to-do list at the end of the week. And let's be honest, who's not stressed about a list that keeps on growing no matter how hard we try to catch up.
If you've caught yourself scrolling on social media for minutes, fighting with the alarm regularly, and scarfing down on your way out with everything but a healthy breakfast, then we recommend you start re-evaluating your morning routine.
From our own experience, we think it's safe to say that the way you start your day plays a huge role in how productive you'll be for the rest of the day. You can also blame your morning ritual for the bad mood you are in.
We've noticed that having a good and healthy morning routine is likely to make us happier. That's why we've created a short list of 9 habits that will help you say goodbye to those rushed and frazzled mornings and start a healthy morning routine.
We have already tried this list of morning habits, but don't take it for granted. Try to set yourself up for success with a routine that aligns with the healthy eating habits we know you like to keep.
1. Wake up early, but do it with an intention. For me, it's been with the purpose of having some time to myself before everyone else at my house wakes up.
This has made it easier to prioritize my physical and mental health. I'm no longer regretting throughout the day about hitting the snooze button again, instead I find myself making decisions that support my self-care
2. Detox: Our body is always working. Although it works at a slower rate during the night, when we wake up, our body needs fuel to keep functioning properly.
Some take water with lemon, ginger tea, celery juice, etc. There are different ways to detox your body and boost your metabolism. Every morning, after waking up, I take 3 glasses of water.
3. Meditate: It 's simple, meditation is good for you. It helps us feel good, enhances positive emotions, and lets us analyze the bad ones. Sets a tone of calm and serenity for the entire day.
I meditate for 10 minutes everyday, if you don't know how to do it, there's an app I recommend that can help you learn, insight timer.
4. Start a diary: Try writing some morning pages of self-reflection. Writing a few minutes a day will help you organize thoughts and reduce stress, as well as boosting your creativity.
5. Write or review your daily to-do list: as an entrepreneur, I have tons of tasks to do everyday. That's why strategizing my work helps me design a game plan. I focus my time and energy on what's important. I complete the tasks that at the end of the day will make me feel productive. Tip: try to get those 2-3 important tasks before noon, when you do, take the afternoon off. This has helped me be more productive with my time as my brain already knows there is a compensation waiting for me instead of letting my social media or other distractions interfere with my productivity.
6. Saying affirmations and making a gratitude list will make significant changes to your daily life. You are what you think, and you are in charge of your own success. Yes, brainwash yourself to be happier, healthier and more successful.
Positive self-talk helps me declare what I want and dream off.
7. Read. Start your day inspired and motivated. In the morning, your brain is at full alert and your mind is fresh to remember new and complex concepts.
This morning practice has allowed me to read 1 book per month! I used to say I had no time to read, but when I started scheduling a daily routine, it led me to read 45 minutes a day. You can start with 5-10 minutes, and get captivated with topics of your interest.
8. Get active early, go to the gym, go for a run, or practice yoga to boost your endorphins. It doesn't matter what physical activity you like or do, or if you do something different everyday, you'll see how your energy levels ramp up all day long. Start with stretching or a small walk around the block.
9. Take the time to make a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day. You should definitely eat even if you're not hungry. A shake would do while helping with step 2 on the list.
You might want a heavy breakfast or a lighter one with an energizing smoothie. If you are not a morning eater, have your coffee with 3 pieces of your favourite remarkaball flavour.
That's around 12 g of protein, a perfect snack to boost your energy levels. This allows you to get healthy fats and proteins without forcing yourself to eat.
In order to design a healthy morning routine, one if not the most important step to set up yourself for success is to have a good night sleep, stop checking your cell phone for at least 30 min before going to bed and first thing in the morning.
You don't need notifications and potential stressors that demand your attention 'right now'. Delay that just a little bit, and maintain a level of calm.
Following this morning routine has helped us have better sleep at night, reduce stress, and believe it or not, we've felt more motivated to achieve our goals.
You can start taking advantage of the first hours of the day, as I do! Create a routine that works for you, and stick to it. I know you can start a healthy morning routine using these 9 habits. Good luck!
Keep in mind that the important part is to start, even small, but start. Building a habit is about repetition and attaching the new habits with habits you are already familiar with.
Yes, our minds are lazy and designed to save energy. That is the reason why creating new habits is a challenging task. Now that you know this, go ahead and trick your brain by adding the new habits into existing ones. Example: if you drink coffee daily in the morning, make sure you have your 3 glasses of water before (start with 1 glass). If you walk in the morning, stop and take a few minutes to listen to a 5 minute meditation or listen to some affirmations while walking.
The key to my success has been starting super small. Start with 1 push up during the first week and add 2 for the second week. Start by reading 1 page of the book. Start by waking up 30 minutes earlier. You got it? Just start small.
I wish all the success to all of you and don’t worry if 1 day you slipped back, tell your mind that it is okay and keep going. Your mind will tell you to quit. One day does not break your consistency. So, keep going.
Share your success or this article with people you care about. You’ll be surprised to know how many people are struggling with their daily routine. It feels great to give back and it feels even better to see others happier.