There’s no denying that a lot of mornings are hectic, but everyone has tools to make the most out of every morning. The key to a smooth morning is simple—preparation. It takes more than writing out a to-do list the night before. Follow these 5 easy ways to practice self-care in the morning to start your day in a positive way.
1. Develop a Morning Routine & Stick To It!
Babies learn how to move through the day with regular routines, and adults can also benefit from knowing what’s coming up next.
We all try to set up a bedtime routine to wind down, so why shouldn’t we do the same to rev up in the morning? When you know what to do next, your morning will be easier. You may want to set up a schedule where you move from room to room and complete each of your activities in that room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.
Bustle reports that regular routines can help break bad habits, like searching for missing keys as you’re about to walk out the door.
Whatever needs to go into your routine, make sure to include a morning glass of water. Your body depends on water to function and you should always hydrate after sleeping.
2. Set Your Alarm Early To Accomplish More
You can start achieving your to-do list before work if you wake up earlier. Household chores such as laundry and washing last night’s dinner dishes may seem less tiring when you’re feeling more refreshed.
Mornings are also a great time for handling chores like watering plants, paying bills, or scheduling home repairs. The other major time crunch that can be avoided in the morning is making lunch. Giving yourself time in the morning to make a salad or pack up last night’s leftovers will save you money.
3. Work Out In The Morning
A morning workout is great if you feel too tired at the end of the day. Sweat sessions in the AM are convenient for more reasons than just cutting down on the number of showers you take; they have great health benefits.
Starting the day with activities that get your heart pumping leads to increased calorie burning throughout the day, and your muscles are more pliable for strength training after sleep, according to Shape Magazine.
A jog around the block or a home workout are great options if driving to the gym in the morning is not an option. You may feel more comfortable getting into the routine when you dedicate a space in your home for fitness.
4. Eat Breakfast
We’re told from a young age that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can also become the easiest meal to skip when you’re running late. Take the time to have a morning meal so your body has the fuel to get you out the door.
Whether its toast, cereal, eggs, a fruit smoothie, or overnight oats, your body needs morning nutrients to move out of the sleep state.
WebMD suggests pairing protein and carbohydrates together in the morning; carbohydrates help with brain function and proteins help boost your energy to take on the day.
5. Tune Out Technology
Technology is so present in our lives that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with information by the time you get to work in the morning. We all know the routine of checking your phone in bed, watching TV news during breakfast and listening to the radio on your commute.
CBS News reported sensory deprivation in the morning can help lead to a more productive day. You don’t have to walk around silent and wearing sunglasses to get this effect! You can start with a few minutes of quiet meditation or staring out the window while you drink coffee.
The radio and TV in the morning can be swapped for an actual conversation, in person or on the phone. One change for a more enjoyable commute is singing along to music or listening to an audiobook.