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How To Make The Most Of Your Mornings
30 November 2020
Mornings can be hard. There are days when it can be challenging to find the motivation to get out of your warm cosy bed and start being productive. Of course, the world keeps turning, and so the day will begin no matter how much you might ‘will’ it otherwise. If you’re not a natural morning person, then here are a few tips to ease the transition into the day and help you start on the right foot.
Prepare For The Morning
The best way to have a smooth morning is to get everything ready the night before. The only way to have a productive morning is to plan for it.
It can make a world of difference to your day when everything goes smoothly at the start. If you can, get bags packed, clothes chosen, and leave everything ready by the door, you’re setting yourself up for success. When you wake up, everything is ready and waiting for you.
Sorting these things in the evening before you go to bed can often be a lot easier than doing it in the morning when you’re feeling pressured for time.
Exercise is something that we can all be doing more of. Even a small amount of activity in the morning can significantly impact the quality of your life. Getting up and moving will get the blood flowing to your brain, which is a great way to wake up properly.
If you’re someone who has the time and space to do a full yoga routine or an intense workout, that’s wonderful. If, however, you don’t have the mental capacity for that first thing in the morning, don’t panic. There are plenty of small things you can do to slot some exercise into your existing routine.
For instance, after you roll out of bed, you can throw your hair into a silk scrunchie and brush your teeth. As you’re brushing, you can do a few squats. Squats are a great quick exercise because they use the biggest muscles in your body, so they have a significant impact.
If you brush for two minutes and do two minutes of squats, you’ll have killed two birds with one stone. Then you can wash your face, put on your make up (if you feel like it), and you’re ready to go.
Take some time to find calm and focus for the day. A great way to do this is through meditation and mindfulness practices. Meditation can reduce your stress levels, so it’s a great way to start your day. You could light a candle to fill the room with a calming scent and then follow a guided meditation for a few minutes.
Fuel Your Body
It’s imperative to start the day with breakfast. If your car won’t run without fuel, why would you expect your body to same? Eating a good breakfast will set you up for a productive morning without snacking.
What’s even more important is that a good breakfast is beneficial for your heart. There is evidence that skipping breakfast can increase your risks of heart disease. So, there’s one more reason to take the time to sit down and eat something every morning.
Listen To Something Lovely
If you have a commute in the morning, then why not use that time for something positive. Podcasts are a great way to make your commuting time into something more. Listening to the radio can be unpredictable, and you have to put up with hearing the news. Right now, no one wants more of that. Instead, pick a podcast about something that interests you or puts you in a positive mood. It’s a great way to round out a happy and healthy morning routine.