Whether you are wanting to be healthier, be less stressed or simply get more done in your day, it all starts with how you begin your day.
Even if you aren’t a morning person or are someone who doesn’t have much time in the morning, it will be of big benefit to come up with a few tasks you do every morning and usually in a specific order. Setting up simple habits that you do every day will soon become second nature and in time you can come up with a routine that has you happier, healthier and achieving more each morning than you thought possible!
Start your day at the same time
You can start off with having a set time you get out of bed each morning. And yes you can sleep in on weekends if that’s what you’d prefer. Make your bed, grab some walking or gym clothes if that’s your plan.
Start off with 2 glasses of water. This will rehydrate you and get your blood moving.
Aim to do at least 20 mins of physical activity each morning. Walk the dog, do some stretches, yoga or pilates or head to the gym or out for a run. The options are endless, and obviously the more time you can put in here the better for your health and fitness. Find something you enjoy doing and mix it up for some variety. Don’t do anything you simply hate just because others enjoy doing eg. Running. If you have young kids, either take them with you or get your workout in before your partner leaves for work. It may be a struggle to get moving but once you’re out you will feel like a winner for having achieved even one thing that morning, before the busyness of the day wears you out!
Prioritise your tasks
After you’ve showered, dressed and had breakfast, it’s time to look at the day ahead. We often overestimate what we can get done in the short term, so it helps to have 1-3 tasks written down that are a top priority to get done that morning. That way if something comes up and all you’ve completed is one of those top tasks then you feel you have achieved for the morning. This 1, 2 or 3 tasks need to be a priority. We often do the easy tasks then feel bad later when we neglected something far more important that needed doing. Do the top priority task first even if it will take longer to complete. This will help you feel less stressed and more in control of your day. Learning how to prioritise is a valuable skill to learn.
Take a break
Even if you have a busy morning planned it’s healthy to make sure you take at least 10 mins for yourself. Have a drink of water, a coffee and take a minute to find something to appreciate in your life or that makes you smile.
All of these habits are simple but over time will add up to a happier, healthier you. What habits do you have in your morning routine?