5 Morning Habits to Start Your Day Right
Over the last few years, I’ve become much more of a morning person. I enjoy having time to relax and ease into the day. Starting my morning off with a routine always seems to make the rest of it go better. Below I’ve listed five morning habits to start your day off right.
1. Wake Up On Time
Countless motivational speakers and wellness experts have said the exact same thing: wake up early and on time. Raise your hand if this scenario has ever happened to you:
You hit the snooze button one too many times, realize you’re going to be late, so you rush out the door feeling frazzled and irritated (not to mention hungry because you probably didn’t have time for breakfast). **hand raised high**
Scenarios like the one above immediately start your day off on the wrong foot and you’re forced to play catch up in order to get back on track. However when you wake up on time, you’re able to have a relaxed and enjoyable morning. I know this is easier said then done so here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks to getting out of bed:
Have someone keep you accountable | This can be your significant other, your parents, a good friend, or a life coach. Have them make sure you’re getting up on time and maybe even have them check up on how you’re doing with your morning routine in general.
Put your alarm clock across the room | This forces you to get out of bed and walk across the room to turn it off.
Program your coffee pot | This one is for all my fellow coffee-lovers out there. If you have a coffee maker that you can program, use it! Set the timer so that your coffee is brewed and ready to go. We currently use this Black & Decker coffee maker. I’d also recommend this one from Hamilton Beach and this one from Kenmore.
Open the curtains | Natural morning light is a good way to help wake you up.
2. Avoid technology
You’re doing yourself a disadvantage if you wake up in the morning and immediately go on your phone. Just in my own experience, I found that it was a negative way to start my morning. Instead, when my alarm goes off, I leave my phone plugged in to the charger and go have coffee. Business Insider did a really nice article on this too. You can read it here.
3. Have something soothing to look forward to
This is a great motivator for you get out of bed and it makes your morning more enjoyable. You could have a good book waiting for you on the coffee table, a journal to write in, or a birdfeeder right outside the window to watch. Make sure it’s something calming and relaxing.
4. Have time for breakfast, coffee, or tea
This goes hand in hand with the first habit of making sure you wake up on time. Allowing yourself time for a nice early morning coffee and a big breakfast is ideal.
5. Listen to something motivational
I’m a sucker for motivational talks! Download a podcast app or open up YouTube and find something inspiring to listen to. One of my all-time favorite videos is under seven minutes long and it can instantly get me geared up for the day! You can watch it here.
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