There is loads of research to suggest that having healthy morning habits leads to more productive days and overall well-being. Isn’t it amazing that we have the power to create our days the way we want them to be? It is how we design our morning – the positive energy and the discipline – that sets the tone for a productive and positive day.
Understand that, in order to create a perfect routine for yourself you have to create the right mindset. Think of it as a succession of positive habits that will inspire and motivate you, help you grow, and ultimately, make your life easier.
There is no right or wrong way to do it as long as you set it up in a way that works for you and makes you feel good about yourself. Try not to set too high expectations, take baby steps, and don’t get discouraged if some days you fail to follow your routine.
Here are some healthy habits to adopt for a positive day:
Prepare the night before. This is a very important step that will impact your morning and the way you feel about it. Write a to-do list with 3 important things you want to accomplish the next day and prioritize your other tasks. Spend a few minutes tidying up your workspace so you can wake up to a clean and nicely organized place. Choose your clothes for the next day and you are going to sleep soundly knowing you are prepared for the day ahead.
Positive affirmations. As soon as you wake up, smile at yourself in the mirror and repeat positive affirmations. They create new, positive beliefs about yourselves, your actions, your goals, habits, feelings, and values. Find positive mantras that align to your goals and repeat them several times. Even if you’re still sleepy, never say or think “I’m sleepy”, “I’m tired” or “I’m sick”. Write these positive mantras on a paper and keep them on your bathroom mirror.
- I choose to be happy today.
- I have everything I need to succeed.
- Today is another beautiful day.
- I am healthy, happy and capable.
- I am grateful for being alive and for everything I have.
So visualize and focus on your success and your well-being. Don’t forget, your thoughts become your habits and actions.
The thoughts you think and the actions you take in the first 10 minutes after you wake up have a very marked effect on the rest of your day.”
Robin Sharma — The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Drink a glass of lemon water. It rehydrates the body, helps jumpstart the metabolism and boosts your immune system. It’s a cheap and easy way to flush the harmful toxins out of your system and maintain your health.
Eat a healthy breakfast that combines good carbs, fibers and proteins. It can be oatmeal, greek yogurt with fruits (bananas or berries), eggs, almond butter, or just a green smoothie. It will jump start your day, boost your energy levels and improve your performance.
Meditate. It is a gift you give to yourself because meditation has the power to balance your energy and your emotions, and it sets you up for the daily tasks. It teaches self-control, improves focus and promotes creativity. 5 to 10 minutes of meditation gives me the opportunity to deeply reconnect to myself, my feelings and my thoughts. I use Calm.com.
Breathe some fresh air. Go outside, take a deep breath, and let the worries melt away.
Exercise. Go to the gym, go for a run, try some yoga poses or some stretching moves – it will wake up your muscles and get your blood running. You will feel energized and refreshed, and it will help you go about your day with more ease and clarity.
Gratitude. Use a gratitude journal and spend 3 minutes writing down 3 things you are grateful for, or spend 20 minutes to reflect on your positive experiences. It is totally up to you. Experiment with this idea and see what fits you best. It is well-known that “neurons that fire together, wire together”. The neurons associated with this activity build a certain neural pathway. In time, through repetition and practice, this pathway becomes stronger and stronger. It is the best way to train your brain by rewiring it to look for and focus on the positive. This will increase your happiness levels, your mental strength and self-esteem.
Creating a morning routine is not easy. It takes time and determination. But once established a routine, it doesn’t require your thinking or any amount of effort to be done.
Adopting positive morning habits will help you get ready for a new day without feeling rushed and without stress, it will set you up for a positive and productive day, and give you a priceless feeling of accomplishment.
Do you have a morning routine? What does it look like? Share some of your favorite morning habits!