Updated: Aug 28, 2019
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
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!
3. Do something that excites you
Read, learn, practice- just do something that excites you and gets you pumped and primed to tackle the rest of your day! Some things I like to do? I like reading for a bit each day, practicing learning Norwegian using Duolingo, or improving my coding skills using Codecademy. Find something you love or have an interest in and carve out the time in the morning to work on it.
4. Dress to impress
We tend to feel good when we look good- so, put in the effort and you'll feel the confidence oozing. I always have a better day when I take the time in the morning to look and feel my best. Work from home? That's an even better reason to put some real pants on!
5. Eat like a queen (or king)
Yes, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. On the mornings when I whip something up nutritious and delicious I tend to have a much better day! So fuel your body right and choose healthy foods to get you geared up for the rest of your day.
Overall, the best mornings are those that are slow and easy, do what feels right to you and figure out a way to get the most out of those early hours!