Get the most out of your mornings

Updated: Mar 25

If you're like most people, then you probably have some sort of morning routine. It may go something like this: Alarm clock goes off, smash the snooze button a few times, roll out of bed, rush through some sort of routine, and get out the door.

And while it's nice to have that routine, sometimes it's nice to mix things up and make it more exciting. Here are a couple of ideas to make sure you're getting the most out of your mornings and start the day off on the right foot.

1. Start in the evening

That's right, good mornings start with a great night! I like to end my busy days by reflecting on everything I did, what I'm thankful for, and setting my intentions for tomorrow. I use a journal from Habit Nest called the Morning Sidekick Journal and a notebook for any extra lists, to-do items, or appointments I need to keep in the front of my mind. It's important to keep your lists short and easy to do, especially when forming habits, so start by writing one thing your thankful for or keeping your intention-setting limited to a handful of easy tasks that you can complete without much effort (like drinking a glass of water or eating breakfast). It's also important to get a good night's sleep in order to wake up, ready to conquer the day! I use an app called Sleep Cycle on my phone. It monitors your sleep patterns and shows you what impacts your sleep. It also doubles as an AMAZING alarm clock, designed to wake you up when your body is most ready.

2. Get moving

Yoga and meditation are good ways to wake up focused, energized, and ready to start the day.

Prepare yourself and your body, by moving it right when you wake up, even if it's just some light stretching. Personally, I like to start with a yoga podcast or a quick run (pro-tip: I always prep my coffee before I get started so by the time I'm done, it's brewed and ready for me to down). When you wake up with movement, it not only jump starts your day, but your metabolism as well and it'll help your mood and your mindset- just think of what you got done while everyone else is still sleeping!