A great morning sets you up for a great day.
Starting your morning off right is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your health, and the people around you.
When your morning routine includes healthy habits you increase your productivity, decrease stress and are more pleasant to be around.
Furthermore, by starting your day intentionally on a good note you are more likely to keep that momentum of goodness going into the rest of your day. Therefore, having a good morning everyday leads to having a good day everyday, which leads to having a better life. For the most part. I am not naive enough to believe that every day will be good. However, I do believe there is some good in every day.
So why leave it to chance?
In order to have a good morning everyday, you will need to plan and intend to do so (at first) in order to create these habits. After you get into a routine it will become so natural to you that you will not even have to think about it anymore. Before I tell you how to create a morning routine, I will share the five healthy habits with you.
Five healthy habits to have a good morning:
- Wake up earlier and don’t hit snooze.
By waking up earlier you give yourself more time before you have to be anywhere. Furthermore, this will help you to include some of your new habits, but will also give you more time so you are less rushed, decreasing your stress levels before you even head out the door. Moreover, you’ve heard it once, you’ll hear it again, but hitting snooze or going back to sleep will only make you more tired. So do your body a favour and get up when you first wake up.
- Get moving.
Whether you are an early morning exerciser, or not, you should do something to wake your body up and get the blood flowing. This can mean a full or mini workout, or it could just be a few stretches, either or will do the trick! The point of this habit isn’t to work your body as possible right when you open your eyes. Furthermore, the main goal of getting moving first thing is to get your circulation going and loosen up your body.
- Drink a glass of water.
Your body is dehydrated after your, hopefully long, sleep. So do it a favour and hydrate those cells! Make it a habit to have water be your first beverage of the day. Yes, you can have your coffee, but only after you’ve had some water. If you don’t like to have something cold in the morning you can either drink your water room temperature, or you can have a cup of hot water with lemon. Just whatever you do, start with water.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
This will help you to have more energy and therefore be more productive throughout your day. Plus, if you get hangry like me, you will also be less grumpy, which will also improve everyone around you’s day as well. Furthermore, you are more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day if you start your day off with a healthy meal.
- Set aside 10 (or more if you like ) minutes to journal.
I recommend, and always try myself, to write three main lists everyday. Start with a gratitude list of 3-10 things you are grateful for today. Then set some intentions for the day, these include how you want to feel, act, be, etc. For example, today I intend to walk around with confidence and give joy to everyone I come across. Lastly, make a list of 2-3 ‘must do’s’ to make sure you accomplish what you need to today. Of course you can write more if your heart desires, but these three lists will help you get started.
BONUS: Don’t touch your phone until you are done all of this. Allow yourself to start your day on your own terms, not based on who texted you, liked your most recent post, or what the President is doing now. Try to stay electronic free for the first hour you wake up and notice how much better you feel!
Tips to Start Implementing these healthy habits:
Creating new habits takes consistency and patience.
It can also be easier to start with just creating one or two new habits at a time. Furthermore, instead of trying to start all of these habits all at once, start with whatever one seems the easiest to you. You can either start with one each day for a week. Or you can take it even slower and implement one new habit every week.
The most important part is to not allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Changing or creating healthy habits can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be.
Another way to make sure you get something done is to write it down. Therefore, I recommend writing out these habits and putting them somewhere that you will see it every morning. Half of the battle with new habits is just remembering to do them. So don’t make creating a new habit even harder than it has to be. Help yourself out by having a constant reminder that you will see everyday.
For more tips on creating habits and changes see my blog post on small changes for life long success, here.
Although you may not practice each habit every day, the more often you do the more benefits you will see. So don’t worry about being perfect, just get started.
Remember, more good mornings, mean more good days. And more good days mean improved quality of life.
So, don’t leave it to chance.
Intend to start each day right and make every day a good day.