What is the best morning routine to have a great day?
How you spend your first couple of hours of the day is your choice. However, the way you do it has an immediate effect on how your day will turn out!
What you do the first hour or two of your day will set the tone for the day you will be having. So, it makes sense to take a little extra effort to choose wisely how we spend those first hours of the day.
You probably have experienced this when starting your days looking at your phone, for example, reading the news, or getting an unfriendly message from your boss, and getting the first negative thoughts in your head. After this happens is so much harder to shake the bad feeling away and therefor one negative thought triggers the next one and down the rabbit hole, you go!
The good news is that we can experience our mornings differently by creating habits that set our days to be happier, calmer and more productive.
For over 10 years I have been waking up early and have always started my day with some routine or practice that helps me to pre-pave my day to make it a great one!
These are the best habits that I have found work well to set my mind and body for the day.
Start by drinking water:
The first thing is to hydrate your body from the night. Try to aim to drink 1 Lt (34 oz) of room temperature water. This will wake you up and make you feel refreshed almost instantly. I like to have a nice water bottle ready next to my bed as a reminder.
If you need an extra wake up help, wash your face with chilled water.
Starting your day by appreciating the good things in your life is an easy way to increase the chances of having a great day. I usually like to do this in bed, just after waking up, as a way of warming up my mind and getting ready to get out of bed.
If you find this one difficult, start with the most obvious ones. Appreciate your bed, your pillow, the roof on top of your head, and you'll see that after a few ones, the momentum carries on and many more will come to your mind.
If you like writing and journalling, doing an appreciation list is also a great way to connect to that feeling of being grateful for what you already have in your life.
Meditate, breathe or contemplate:
The benefits of meditation and introspective practices are broad and well known. The main purpose of this moment as part of your morning routine is to reset your mind.
During this moment you will clear the train of thoughts that you might have carried from the previous day. You connect to the present moment, through the breath, sound, sensations, or your favorite meditation technique.
After your meditation, it is a perfect moment to pre-pave your day. Think about how you want your day to unfold. Imagine the great things you will achieve, the great news you will receive and so on. This is the time to visualize your amazing future life ahead!
Move and stretch:
Take a moment to stretch your body. Awaken all the joints and muscles. If you are a very active person you can do a few push-ups to increase the blood flow or you can just be gentle and open your physical body for a great day ahead.
Drink and/or eat:
Having rich micronutrient foods in the morning through green smoothies or juices increase mental clarity and also improves the way the body feels.
If you exercise regularly, also a protein-rich breakfast can be beneficial to get your engine going with stable energy throughout the day.
If you eat and/or drink in the morning, consider that the first meal of the day is the most important one. Your body is the cleanest and the emptiest, therefore it is the most receptive to nutrients. Eat clean nutritious foods of your preference.
If you want to learn more about What to eat? Check out this blog post that I wrote.
Don’t check your phone:
This one is probably the most important one! Make sure you don’t see your phone until after your morning routine and your mind is ready to tackle whatever comes your way.
Going through this morning routing should take you between one and two hours. So, make sure you set enough time so you don’t have to rush through it. Instead, make it a special moment for yourself.
Because you are the most important person in your world, take the time for yourself to prepare for your great day!
Remember that our habits make who we are as persons. And our morning habits are the foundation of the quality of the day we will experience. And if we repeat these morning habits morning after morning and we keep having a great day after a great day, guess what?!? We will have a great life!
So, until next time wake up and choose right!
P.S. If you need help to implement some healthy habits in your life, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm offering Free 15 min consultations to get you started on a Healthier Lifestyle path.