For many people, a “morning routine” means hitting the snooze button a couple of times, jumping out of bed, showering, gulping down a few cups of coffee while checking their phone, and running out the door.
That’s not a routine – it’s a recipe for disaster.
Having a proper morning routine is said to boost happiness, increase productivity, help you feel in control of your schedule, reduce stress, and set a positive tone for the entire day. It’s about stepping back and incorporating some common sense steps to create a morning routine you can live by.
Here are three examples to help your routine:
Don’t Let Your Phone Rule Your Morning
Picking up your phone to check messages the minute you wake up has been proven to be a bad way to start your day. That’s not to say you can’t eventually check messages in the morning – but don’t go overboard. It’s the endless scrolling and responding that starts getting you riled up and can actually do harm to your brain’s natural morning stages that “wake you up”.
One way around this is before going to bed, to put your phone on airplane mode or sleep mode. The alarm will still work in these settings, but you won’t be greeted with messages or notifications right when you wake up. Another method is to charge it in another room and use an old-school alarm clock. This will greatly reduce the temptation to pick up your phone right away – and help get your morning routine headed in the right direction.
Get Up and Get Moving
While you may be tempted to hit the snooze button or lay in bed for some time before you get up, it’s important to get out of bed and get moving. Once you’re up, plan to drink a glass of water and eat within the first hour of waking to stimulate your metabolism.
Exercising in the morning can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle and can also aid weight loss, if that’s the goal. A workout doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process – a 20-minute walk in the neighborhood does wonders. If you don’t have time for a workout, do some stretches to warm up your muscles and joints. And while you’re moving, stay hydrated – keep sipping on water to kickstart your day and give you lasting energy.
Give Yourself Enough Time
Rushing around in the morning because you’re behind schedule is no way to start your day.
Whether you work from home or commute to an office, understand how much time it takes to accomplish what you need to do without stressing yourself out.
This can be accomplished by taking a minute to write out all of the things you need to do each morning and figuring out how much time it takes. This will provide a roadmap for when you need to wake up – no snooze buttons! It’s also a good idea to set a routine for when to go to bed so you can count on 7 – 8 hours of sleep.
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