Describe your perfect morning. For me, it’s breakfast in bed on a tray with a nice cup of tea, maybe some flowers. An hour to read a book and a view of the city to boot. It might not be a productive morning, but it’s definitely a dreamy one.
We can’t all have steaming coffee and croissants on a balcony. Some of us face a grey commute and we need to have our sh*t together before we get to work. In those instances, it’s important to keep your mind and body on track. You need to wake up early and do a million things.
Of course, you can’t do everything in one morning. If you tried, you’d probably end up more frazzled than when you woke up. But there are a few things you can at least try to incorporate into your morning routine. Try them, and let us know in the comments below what you make time for in the mornings.
1. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off
Snoozing is so easy, pressing the alarm to make it go away and catching just 5 or 10 minutes more is so alluring, but it’s not the best way to get a start on the day. The best way to get a headstart on the day. There’s nothing like maintaining energy throughout the day and the best way to do that is by getting up and at ’em as soon as the alarm goes off.
Neuroscientists say that hitting snooze repeat4edly causes a cardiovascular assault on the body and nervous system. Make sure you get your eight hours though because sleeping for less than six or seven has been linked to weight gain and degenerative brain diseases.
A morning workout will help wake up your metabolism. Simply put, if you work out in the morning, you will activate your metabolism and make it easier to digest food and conserve energy throughout the day.
Working out earlier will also help sends signals to your brain to switch off in the evenings too.
3. Catch up with the news
It’s important to stay on top of current affairs and news. Not only does it make lunchtime conversations much easier, but it will help you to grow a wider understanding of the world around you. Get a news bulletin to your inbox or a flash briefing from multiple sources, this will help you stay on top of multiple sources and ensure you get a rundown that’s somewhat free of bias.
4. Feed your mind
It’s so important to feed your mind. In the morning, on the commute, or when you’re getting ready, try to learn something new.
You can enroll in a course or simply try to find interesting facts that you might not have known. Learn anything you’ve always wanted to know.
5. Speak to a friend
When you lead a busy life, staying in touch with your friends and family can take a back burner. But it’s so important to make time for a catchup. You’ll have time in the morning to send a text or have a quick phone call on your way to work. Even if it’s just to schedule a minute or two to talk, it will make your day so much happier.
6. Write in a journal
There’s a reason morning pages are well-liked by every successful person. Getting up in the morning and processing your emotions, thoughts, fears, and worries by writing them down will set you up for the best day you could possibly have. Also, the more you do it the better you’ll get at dealing with a stressful day.
7. Create a plan for the day
It’s so important to have a plan for the day before it starts. Most of us start our plan once our day has already got itself in full swing, but it’s better to plan ahead before it even begins.
Sit down with a pen and write your daily plan in a planner like the Getting Stuff Done planner, while you track your meals, expenses, and more.
8. Try a digital detox
Once or twice a week try to go the entire morning without any technology. If you suffer from anxiety it might really help to detox from the pressures of social media and try to be mindful.
9. Go outside
Before you start your day, make a cup of tea or coffee and try to catch a few minutes outside if you can. Go for a quick walk, sit in the garden, take ten minutes of air and get yourself ready for the day.
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