How you start your morning can affect your productivity throughout the day. Having a morning routine can help you become more successful, make wiser choices and reinforce positive behavior. Here are a few tips that will help you tackle the day and hopefully reduce your stress.
Wake up and Stretch:
I recently started to incorporate stretching into my morning routine. Attempting to exercise so early in the morning can be quite the challenge. I'm not a morning person, so the thought of having to perform any type of physical activity doesn't seem appealing to me. With stretching, all you need is a few minutes to feel the benefits such as improved posture, increased blood flow and a boost in energy.
I start and end my day with my gratitude journal. I write down three things I'm thankful for first thing in the morning, as well as three intentions I have for the day. I noticed that focusing more on my blessings rather than the things I can't control, helps me improve my outlook for the day. Research has shown that by simply keeping a gratitude journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which we’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.
With only 10 mins you can transform your whole day thanks to meditation. Meditation helps center your thoughts and gives you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional state and overall health. Since I'm fairly new at meditating, I prefer using guided meditations. Luckily, there are many great apps available for your phone that guides you through the whole process. Within one week of meditating, you'll feel and notice the difference in your productivity level and focus.
Skip the Shower:
If you're anything like me, you probably value sleeping in an extra 15-30 mins in the morning. I prefer to shower at night instead. I love the feeling of going to bed fresh and clean and knowing that all the sweat from the day and from my evening work out will not be all over my sheets. Gaining that extra time in the morning makes a big difference and allows me to take my time getting ready, versus being in a rush to get out the door. All I have to worry about is hair, makeup and making sure I put on deodorant. The brand I use and recommend is Dove. I've been loving Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant in Coconut. It offers 48 hours of odor protection and contains added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula and Dove ¼ moisturizers! It smells delicious and keeps me feeling fresh all day long.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast:
It’s no secret breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We all know it, but how many of us actually take the time to sit down and have a healthy breakfast before starting our day? The ideal breakfast should contain a good balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates (which break down into sugars) are essential and can significantly affect productivity throughout the day. If a sit down breakfast is not possible because of time, then a healthy and delicious alternative is a green smoothie. It's packed with nutrients that will help you stay full and keep you going until lunch time.
Write Down Your Goals:
I'm a big fan of writing down your goals for the day in the form of a to-do list. Planning ahead is an important time-management tool to keep you on track and help you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day. My to-do list is nothing fancy, just a piece of paper with a motivational quote to motivate me. I keep it simple with no more than five items on it. If your list is too long, you spend more time stressing out about how you haven’t tackled item #15, then actually focusing on accomplishing your goals. You use too much energy and mental stamina keeping track of, and feeling bad about, all the things you haven’t done. This negative thought pattern tends to hold you back and make you much less productive.
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