The key to having a great day is to have a great morning.
But many of us wake up (after clicking snooze several times) and immediately check our phones; replying to texts or scrolling through Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.
And this probably goes without saying but; this really does set us up to have a less than ideal day, but how can we get around this?
You have to replace these bad habits with good ones if you want to improve your morning and the rest of the day.
Let’s get into the 6 healthy habits to add to your morning routine
Try to meditate for a few minutes
Mediation may be a strange suggestion to those of you who haven’t done it before and have only seen it done in films and TV.
You probably even thought it was a load of tripe.
But this peaceful practice may be what you need to zap away that morning stress.
Even for a moment, sitting quietly and just focusing on your breathing can really help get you in the right mindset for the day ahead.
Listen to your favorite music
There are countless stresses in your day.
Whether you’re presenting work to some very important people or you’ve just got a mind-numbing meeting in a few hours, these annoying but necessary tasks can be made much easier if you’re in a better mood.
And one of the best ways to get in a better mood?
To listen to your favorite upbeat music of course!
You could set your playlist running as soon as your alarm goes off or you could just make sure you’re listening to it whilst you make breakfast and drink your morning coffee.
It’s your morning routine after all, so you decide!
Drink a glass of water
The benefits of drinking water are well documented, and you’re probably all aware of them:
- It promotes hydration
- Improves skin
- Flushes bacteria to the bladder
- Aids digestion
To name a few.
But a glass of water in the morning will make you feel much more awake, helping you to reduce the urge to crawl back into that warm bed you’ve just left.
Write out your day
Writing out your day in the morning helps you keep track of what you need to do throughout the day.
But doing this will also help you clear space up in your mind so you can actually use this space to get the tasks done.
You’re not sitting constantly wondering throughout the day what needs to be done next; you can look at your list and crack on.
Doing this at the very start of your morning also allows you to be present at the moment, as all of your focus is on this simple task.
If your day involves sitting at a desk for long hours, which we suspect it will, it’s important to get your stretches and even some light exercises in to keep your body in check.
This will help wake you up and reduce the stress levels you’re no doubt going to be feeling about the day ahead.
You don’t have the drive to the gym to get this workout in though.
You can very easily do things like sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups if you’ve got a pull-up bar close by to get the blood pumping and your mind ready to take on the day ahead.
Make your bed
This may seem like a strange one out of all the healthy habits listed here, and yes it’s technically a chore that doesn’t sound too appealing on a morning but hear us out first…
Making your bed in the morning allows you to have a simple task which you can immediately complete.
This means you’ve already got one win’ checked off on your to-do list.
The reason this is beneficial is that if you start your day already winning’ it will encourage you to feel much more positive about the rest of your tasks on your to-do list.
So, even if it sounds a little silly, give it a try!