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Effective, long-term morning routines are gems for any household. They help you get your day off to a great start time and time again. Getting it right can make a world of difference for individuals, couples, and families. But creating that impactful morning routine has proven to be a real challenge for so many people.
It doesn’t have to be as hard as others have made it out to be, though!
It may take a little trial and error, but creating a morning routine that works is the first step towards creating one that sticks. It’s much easier to stick with it when it works for you and the people you share your mornings with. These steps can be critical in helping you create the morning routine that sticks for you.
1. Plan Ahead for Successful Mornings
The more work you do the night before to plan for your morning, the less hectic and chaotic your morning will be. To this point, try to do the following the night before:
- Charge all devices in one location, so they are ready to go in the morning.
- Put all work away, so it is convenient to grab and go in the morning.
- Prepare breakfast and lunch the night before (or consider once a week food prep that gets you through all five days of your workweek on the weekend), so that you can check these two things off your morning checklist before your day gets started!
- Select and lay out clothing for the following days down to shoes and jewelry, so you never waste time searching for what you need during the morning rush.
These things may not sound like huge changes, but they can shave 30-minutes to an hour from your morning routine when done consistently.
2. Be the First One Up in the Morning
Believe it or not, this simple tactic gives you a few minutes of silence before your day begins. However you use these moments of silence, enjoying a few minutes of silence each day is good for your physical health and your well-being, with measurable results, according to Psych Central, that include:
- Reducing blood pressure
- Boosting immunity
- Promoting new brain cell growth
- Reducing stress
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Prevents formation of plaque in the arteries
Whether you get up 15 minutes early, or 30 minutes earlier than the others in your home, dedicate a few of those minutes to enjoying the silence, and see what a difference it can make in your day.
3. Make Your Bed
It might not seem like that big of a deal, or all that important to make your bed in the morning, but, it’s a small victory to begin the day with, restoring order to the chaos of twisted, rumbled organic, cotton sheets. One that sets the tone for more accomplishments as the day goes on.
Plus, even if your day goes horribly wrong along the way, when you come home, you’re returning to a natural latex mattress that’s in order rather than disarray — and you don’t have to fix your sheets, so you can get the sleep you’ve earned after a long day at the office without first needing to arrange your sheets.
Another important thing about an effective morning routine you can stick with is that it helps you clear the cobwebs of sleep from your mind and body. Exercising first thing in the morning is a great way to do this. You’ll experience a bit of an adrenaline rush that makes you feel great at the beginning of your day. And, you’ll be doing something that gets the blood flowing to your brain to fuel your thoughts throughout the day. It’s a huge win for your mind and body as you’re also increasing circulation, improving balance, and reducing stress at the same time.
This is also a perfect time to listen to music that gets your blood going, and helps you get into the groove of your day. While some people listen to news or binge-watch their favorite television series during their workout, there’s nothing quite like listening to hard driving beats to kick your morning exercises up a notch or two.
5. Create and Write in a Gratitude Journal
Some people recommend this as a great way to end the day, but when you start the day focused on the things you’re grateful for, your entire day is focused on the good things that edify you and make you happy. More importantly, when you’re focused on the things you are most grateful for at the beginning of the day, minor annoyances are far less likely to throw your thoughts and actions off course. It’s a feeling that carries through during your day.
6. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
While smoothies are often the go-to breakfast choice for driven professionals, it doesn’t really replace the intentional eating of healthy food for breakfast. It’s about taking the time to enjoy the food. It’s even better if you have breakfast with the family before moving into your day. It sets a great example for little ones, and allows everyone to move on with their day after enjoying a little family togetherness in the morning.
You don’t have to move mountains to have an effective morning routine you can stick with. These six simple things can help you improve your mornings, and carry you on to better days ahead. You don’t have to do all at once either. Try one or two, and then incorporate the others until you feel you have the morning routine that works best for you.
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