We would all like to say that our mornings involve a smooth and seamless routine. However, the reality is that for many of us our mornings involve oversleeping and chaos as we rush around and scramble to get out the door. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had positive morning rituals that would set the tone for the day and start it off right? Well we’re is going to tell you exactly how to transform your morning.
DON’T PREPARE IN THE MORNING
The night before your next workday make sure you have a few things in order. Decide what you’re going to wear the next day. You don’t need to lay it out, but at least have an idea in mind so you aren’t standing in front of your closet all perplexed the next day (and wasting at least ten minutes of your time). You can also prepare your meals for the day ahead and write a plan for yourself, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re all over the place because you don’t know what to wear or what your top to-dos are.
SET YOUR ALARM FOR 30 MINUTES EARLIER
I know, I know, this isn’t ideal, but if you get up with the time needed to actually do your make-up, style your hair and eat breakfast without running around like the Tasmanian Devil, you will feel calm, cool, collected and ready to tackle the day when you finally arrive at the office.
I’m not saying you need to get up at the crack of dawn on a daily basis, but allow yourself enough time to get ready without too much fuss. By taking care of yourself will allow you to then extend your efforts and energy to others. So the more time that you devote to adhering to a healthy routine in the morning, the more likely you will carry that same balance and level of productivity into the workplace. It’s a win-win!
GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME TIME OFF
A common misconception is that ample time must be set aside in order to meditate. However, you can meditate at practically any given moment and for any duration of your choosing. For example, while you eat your breakfast in the morning, take a couple of slow deep breaths; enjoy your food not just for the taste, but also for the smell and texture. When your mind begins to wander on the upcoming “to-dos,” refocus your attention to your breath. If you find this difficult, you might find it easier to work through the Stress Less journal, which will help you reduce every day stress.
What you’re actually doing is enjoying the present moment and practicing your ability to be aware of the “here and now.” This awareness when applied to other situations as your day progresses, not only reduces stress, but it can actually widen your perspective and enhance your creativity.
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MAKE TIME TO MOVE YOUR BODY
I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably wondering how you can possibly fit in a workout before work, especially since you barely make it to work on time as it is. The fact of the matter is that if you’re dedicated to living a balanced lifestyle, sometimes you have to put in a little extra effort. All you need thirty minutes! Whether that’s thirty minutes of cardio on one day or a thirty-minute session of circuit training on another, those thirty minutes can set the tone for the day ahead.
Not only does early morning exercise jump start your metabolism, but it also awakens the mind, increases your energy levelS, and helps regulate your sleep patterns. So once you get in the routine of fitting in a sweat sesh (even if it’s just a cheeky 5,000 steps), your body will adjust and it won’t be a struggle to rise and shine a little earlier. Plus, how awesome do you think you will feel knowing when you already hit the gym before your co-workers even have their morning coffee? That’s definitely super girl status.
DO SOME QUICK-TIME ORGANISING
Now that you’ve had a chance to eat some breakfast, meditate, move your body and get ready with plenty of time, while you’re on your way to work, create a mental (or physical) list of goals for the day. This will make you aware of tasks to be done and will ensure that your day continues on a productive path. After your goals are organized, have a few positive affirmations written in your planner that you can recite. This is a great reminder of your valuable attributes while providing you with any needed motivation to tackle the day ahead. And with that, you’re ready to carpe diem!