You know the drill: the alarm goes off in the morning and your thoughts immediately start to race. You feel overwhelmed by everything you need to do before you even get out of bed. Why can’t mornings be easier? As it turns out, there are a number of things you can do to help make your morning routine much more enjoyable and effective. And they might not be what you think. We’ve put together a list of four things you can do to improve your morning routine so that you kickstart your day and make the most of your time and energy first thing in the morning.
#1. Start Your Morning Routine the Night Before
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a productive and effective morning is to make sure that your evening routine is locked in. If you are floundering through your evenings without a clue about what the next day may bring, you won’t be able to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. If, however, you take some time to prep the night before, including making lunches, picking out clothes, and even doing the dishes before you go to bed, you won’t wake up to a to-do list a mile long and a sink full of dirty dishes.
#2. Take the Edge Off
If you wake up feeling anxious – and many people do – start your day with something that will help you unwind. Rather than power through the day on coffee and half-assed thoughts, take some time to be mindful in the morning. Breathe. Be thankful for the day ahead. Some people like to start their day with products that might help relax them: we all fill up on coffee, but the extra caffeine and sugar don’t do us the good we think it does. Instead, people are turning to cannabis products to help them relax right out of bed. Whether they light up their glass bong or they use a vaporizer to help clear their head, it’s a growing trend that helps people ease into their days instead of going one hundred miles an hour toward what may feel like a never-ending day.
#3. Exercise is Vital
Whether you do some light stretching or you go for a 5-mile run each morning, you will want to incorporate exercise into your morning routine as soon as possible. There are numerous benefits to starting the day off with some exercise, and even if you don’t need to lose weight, being fit and trim is always a bonus. Many people like yoga in the morning to calm their minds and help them set intentions for the day, while others like adrenaline rush right out of bed. Regardless of your school of thought, exercise is something you’ll want to make time for in the morning. Nobody ever regretted putting on their running shoes and hitting the local track for a few sprints before breakfast.
#4. Practice Gratitude
It’s a popular practice for people to practice gratitude at the end of their day when they have time to take stock of all that happened and went well, but if you start practicing gratitude in the morning, you’ll create things to be grateful for ahead of time. Being grateful ahead of time is a great way to carve out a path of direction for yourself and it helps lay the groundwork for where you want to go in the day and in your life. When you focus on what you want, you are better able to make it happen. Being grateful for your job, even if you hate your boss, makes your day easier. Being grateful for the salad you packed for lunch instead of wanting the greasy burger makes it easier to stick with your healthy food plans, and being grateful for your car and the gas in that car makes your morning commute tolerable.
Whatever your day may bring, try incorporating some of these tips into your morning routine to help you improve the hustle and bustle of a busy morning, but also to help you set the tone for your day ahead. Consider adopting one new practice a week and trying it on for size before adding more to the mix. Sometimes, we like to add too many things to our morning routine trying to do it all and be everything to everyone. All we really need to worry about is what we can do to improve ourselves in the moments we have right now, with the resources we have at our disposal.
About The Author:
Evan Kaden – Easily entertained by the simpler things in life, Evan spends most of his free time enjoying the outdoors with his Golden Retriever, Skeeter. As a freelance writer, Evan is thankful for the many opportunities he’s been given to express his passion for writing.