Ten simple habits you need to implement to structure your mornings and get moving!
I love mornings! Yes, I really did just say that! I am most definitely a morning person; you could be too by implementing some simple structure and routine to your day.
Mornings are a beautiful time of day; everything is quiet, calm and peaceful. Many people use mornings to reflect on their personal desires and goals, purely because mornings are a time you will likely have the least interruptions.
Believe it or not, you are often more focused, creative and alert first thing in the morning. It is also said that morning people have more productive days.
We all know the feeling, you wake up late with barely enough time to shower and get ready. Your head feels fuzzy, and you’re out the door before you even know what is going on. You are late and stressed which seems to have a snowball effect; the head fuzz doesn’t leave no matter how much coffee you consume, your boss, co-workers or children irritate you. You miss your lunch trying to catch up with yourself and low and behold the train home is late, or traffic is terrible; things just seem to go from bad to worse.
I am not saying getting up earlier will eliminate life’s little annoyances, however starting your day with a clear and focused mind will give you the tools to become better equipped to deal with these situations.
Start your day the positive way and everything else will fall into place.
This guide will help you through the process, structure your morning and have you jumping out of bed, ready to start the day in no time.
First things first, Sleep!
Start your morning the night before by making sure you get enough sleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed and energised.
Getting enough sleep is essential for survival and good health, In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. You can read more about sleep habits and why they are so important in this post here.
Train yourself to wake up earlier by setting your alarm ten minutes earlier each morning. Decide on your “out the door” time; give your self at least one and a half to two hours before you need to leave.
Be realistic with yourself. Setting your alarm to wake yourself up an hour earlier than you are used to straight away will only result in you feeling like you ran into a wall! It takes time, but you will get there.
(I get up at 5:30, purely because this is the only alone time I get, so worth it though!)
DON’T hit the snooze button!
It is hard to “drag” yourself out of a warm, cosy bed in the morning, however, be disciplined and within a few days, you will be diving out of bed once you hear that first bell. Trust me!
Don’t check your phone.
This one is important because we are all aware of the slippery slope that is social media. Before you know it you’ve been “liking” statuses and re-tweeting for over an hour and, OH SHIT! It’s 8 am.
Checking emails and social media first thing does nothing for our mental health. Enjoy the disconnectedness of the morning leave your mind blank and use the time to focus on you. Otherwise, you will be mentally replying to emails, making to-do lists and secretly hating on “that girl” who seems to have it all together all the time!
You have spent 8 hours without a sip of water; you will need to rehydrate to kick-start your body first thing in the morning. Drinking a full glass of cold water first thing fires up your metabolism, starts your brain! And helps your body flush out any toxins.
Make your bed.
First of all, making your bed properly in the morning will give you a sense of achievement. Even if you get nothing else done all day you have achieved one big thing. Secondly, a neat and tidy bedroom sets the tone for the rest of the house, tidy house tidy mind I say! last but not least who doesn’t want to crawl into a lovely made up bed every night?!
Check your schedule & plan your day.
Take a few minutes to look over your schedule for the day ahead. Planning your time well will ensure there are no nasty surprises throughout the day (like when the school ring at 12:15 asking if you will be attending the meeting arranged today at 12:30 and you’re still in painting clothes covered in emulsion!)
Get moving and perform some simple exercises.
Even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, a morning workout will boost your endorphins leaving you feeling ready and motivated to take on the day. Plus as an added bonus recent studies say you could burn up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising before your first meal!
Whip up a smoothie or juice
I am a huge fan of juicing and blending; I could ramble on forever about how great it is! It is quick and easy and great for your health. You could make a double batch and pop it in the fridge for your mid-morning snack.
Not only will you be getting a good head start on your five a day you will be full of energy, look and feel better.
Daily gratitude and affirmations
Gratitude need not just be reserved for momentous occasions only. People who regularly practice gratitude generally express more compassion, kindness, feel more alive, sleep better and experience more positive emotions.
The best way to practice gratitude is to record something daily that makes you glad you are alive. Write it down and whenever you feel negativity creeping in take some time to look over your words and remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for.
Affirmations are another fantastically useful tool. You will feel encouraged to live a life full of positivity, more focus and desire. Daily affirmations will help you become aware of your thoughts and the impact those beliefs have on your actions. Regular practice can help keep the small things in perspective.
The benefits are endless.
Finally, get some uplifting music on!
Did you know, Jimi Hendrix called music his “religion?!
There’s nothing quite like it, listening to your favourite music does something to your soul. It fires up your emotions and “motivates the hell out of you” and gets your adrenaline pumping.
Research has also proven when you listen to music you enjoy; your brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. Therefore, relieving stress which helps you stay calm and healthy.
Turn it up loud; it’s good for your health!
There you have it, ten simple habits to start practising right now to help you become the morning person you know you want to be.
Do you struggle to get up n the morning? Do you think you will make some positive changes to your morning routine following these simple tips? Let us know in the comments below.