Breaking an existing routine can often be a challenge, particularly in the morning, when hitting the snooze button becomes a consistent and often irresistible part of your day! However, take a look at our five morning habits and begin incorporating them into your routine and you could notice some exceptional effects as a result, some of which can have positive impacts upon the rest of your day. Read on to find out how you can turn those early mornings from foe to friend!
Make Time for Meditation
Meditation is well-known for the array of benefits it provides. From reducing stress and easing anxiety to enhancing self-awareness as well as improving sleep. Adding meditation to your morning routine, whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour, will allow you the time to re-centre yourself, by putting you in a good mindset and preparing you for the challenges that you may face. By becoming more aware of yourself and your thoughts and feelings or being able to concentrate your attention on a particular thing, you will feel more equipped to face the challenges that arise throughout your day.
For many of us, our morning consists of rushing around, grabbing a quick bite to eat and readying ourselves in record time but, for those looking to alter their morning habits to improve the day that follows, we’d suggest setting the alarm slightly earlier than usual. Giving yourself extra time will allow you a gentler introduction to the day. You can potter, wander and take things a little slower, the benefit of this is that by the time you do leave the house, you will have had some of that all-important ‘you time’, before the demands from others or your environment take over.
Have a Nutritious Breakfast
As breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, it is of course, beneficial to include one that is full of nutrients and goodness into your morning routine. Your body needs fuel to keep you active and healthy, start your day right and fill up with plenty of fruit, whole grains and natural yoghurt.
Schedule in Exercise
For those who roll out of bed and head straight to work, the thought of exercising before you leave the house might sound a tad extreme but trust us on this one; it’ll leave you feeling energised and ready to take on the day ahead! Switch your cup of coffee for 20-30 minutes of exercise, and it’s likely you’ll feel a similar energy boost to what you’re used to.
Listen to Music
Press play on your favourite tracks, the ones that put a smile on your face and get you moving while you get yourself ready for work. It’s likely to lift your mood and provide relaxation to your morning (depending on what you’re listening to!).
Don’t Hit Snooze
You might’ve stayed up too late catching up on your favourite television series, or your two-year-old had a restless night, whatever the reason for an interrupted night, it’s likely the snooze button will become increasingly appealing! Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Why We Sleep, says that ‘interrupted sleep is not a good-quality sleep’ and that you should ‘set the alarm for when you need to get up, then turn it off and get up’. Continually snoozing can cause an increased heart rate, as you are ‘alarming’ your body and mind each time it goes off.
Write a Gratitude Journal
Spending a moment or two, a couple of times a week processing some of the things within your life that you’re most grateful for can be a fantastic way to start the day and bring a level of appreciation to your life. By including an entry into your gratitude journey each morning or simply considering some of your previous entries for a moment or two, you’re allowing yourself time to realise some of the good within your life.
Spend Time in Nature
With the known healing powers of nature, dedicating time within your morning routine to spend time in the great outdoors can be a fantastic way to start your day! Whether it’s a brisk walk on a wild and windy day or you’re basking in the sunshine while doing some yoga, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the natural sights will allow you to start your day the right way!
Whether you’ve treated yourself to a weekend or week away glamping with a hot tub or you’re doing the nine to five working week, incorporating these habits into your mornings, wherever you may be, will help you to have the best possible day!