Ten simple habits you need to try implementing to structure your mornings and feel better!
I love the mornings. Yes, I really did just say that! I am most definitely one of “those” morning people. “Don’t hate me yet, I’ve got some great tips so you can be too”!
Mornings are a beautiful time of day; It’s the only time of day when everything is quiet, calm and peaceful. I use the morning to reflect on my personal desires and goals, mainly because mornings are a time I will likely have the least interruptions!
Believe it or not, you are often more focused, creative and alert first thing in the morning. It’s also said that morning people have more productive days, Err sometimes!
I’ve no doubt you know the feeling, of waking up late with barely enough time to shower and get ready. Your head feels fuzzy, which doesn’t leave no matter how much coffee you consume. You’re out the door before you even know what’s really going on.
You’re late and stressed which seems to have a snowball effect on your entire day. From then on everything just irritates you. You miss your lunch trying to catch up with yourself and low and behold the train home is late, or traffic is terrible; things just seem to go from bad to worse.
I am not saying getting up earlier will eliminate life’s “little” annoyances! However, starting your day with a clear and focused mind will give you the tools to become better equipped to deal with those situations.
Start your day a positive way and everything else will fall into place.
This guide will help you through the process, structure your morning and have you jumping out of bed, ready to start the day in no time.
First things first, Sleep!
Start your morning the night before by making sure you get enough sleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed and energised.
Getting enough sleep is essential for brain and body health. Believe it or not, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. You can read more about sleep habits and why they are so important in this post here.
Train yourself to wake up earlier by tracking your sleep cycles. Decide on your “out the door” time and give your self at least one and a half to two hours before you need to leave.
Be realistic with yourself. Setting your alarm to wake yourself up an hour earlier than you are used to straight away will only result in you feeling like you’ve run into a wall! It takes time, but you will get there.
(I get up at 5:30, purely because this is the only alone time I get, so worth it though!)
Don’t hit the snooze button!
I know It’s hard to “drag” yourself out of a warm, cosy bed in the morning, however, be disciplined and within a few days, you will be diving out of bed once you hear that first bell. Trust me!
Don’t check your phone.
This one is important because we are all aware of the slippery slope that is social media. Before you know it you’ve been “liking” statuses and re-tweeting for over an hour and, OH CRAP! It’s 8 am.
Checking emails and social media first thing does nothing for your mental health. Enjoy the disconnectedness of the morning leave your mind blank and use the time to focus on you. Otherwise, you will be mentally replying to emails, making to-do lists and secretly hating that girl who seems to have it all together all the time!
You’ve spent 8 hours without a sip of water; you’ll need to rehydrate to kick-start your body first thing in the morning. Drinking a full glass of cold water first thing fires up your metabolism, starts your brain! And it helps your body flush out any toxins.
Make your bed.
First of all, making your bed properly in the morning will give you a sense of achievement. Even if you get nothing else done all day you’ll have achieved one big thing.
Secondly, a neat and tidy bedroom sets the tone for the rest of the house, tidy house tidy mind I say! last but not least who doesn’t want to crawl into a lovely, fluffed and made up bed every night?!
Check your schedule & plan your day.
Take a few minutes to look over the things you have planned for the day ahead. Planning your time well will ensure there are no nasty surprises throughout the day (like when the school ring at 12:15 asking if you will be attending the meeting at 12:30 and you’ve got your hand down the loo fishing out toy cars!)
Get moving and perform some simple exercises.
My least favourite thing to do, but still, even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, a morning workout will boost your endorphins leaving you feeling ready and motivated to take on the day. Plus as an added bonus studies say you could burn up to 20% more body fat by exercising before your first meal!
Whip up a smoothie or juice.
I am a huge fan of juicing and blending; I could ramble on forever about how great it is! It is quick, easy and great for your brain and health. You could make a double batch and stick half in the fridge for your mid-morning snack.
Not only will you be getting a good head start on your five a day you will be full of energy, look and feel better.
Daily gratitude and affirmations.
Gratitude shouldn’t be reserved for momentous occasions only! People who regularly practice gratitude generally express more compassion, kindness, feel more alive, sleep better and experience more positive emotions.
The best way to practice gratitude is to record something daily that makes you glad you’re alive. Write it down and whenever you feel negativity creeping in take some time to look over your words and remind yourself of all the things you have to be grateful for.
Affirmations are another fantastically useful tool. You will feel encouraged to live a life full of positivity, more focus and desire. Daily affirmations will help you become aware of your thoughts and the impact those beliefs have on your actions.
Regular practice can help keep the small things in perspective, the benefits are endless.
Finally, get some uplifting music on!
Jimi Hendrix called music his “religion?! There’s nothing quite like it, listening to your favourite music does something to your soul. It fires up your emotions and “motivates the hell out of you” and gets your adrenaline pumping.
Research has also proven when you listen to music you enjoy; your brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. Therefore, relieving stress which helps you stay calm and healthy.
Turn it up loud; it’s good for your health!
There you have it! Ten simple habits to start practising right now to help you become the morning person you know you want to be.
Do you struggle to get up n the morning? Do you think you will make some positive changes to your morning routine following these simple tips? Let us know in the comments below.