We’ve all been there. The alarm goes off, and it’s just so much easier to roll over. But tomorrow morning, make a conscious decision to invest in yourself.
Starting the day with a healthy routine has so many proven benefits. I could easily launch into the enormous list of successful, healthy, happy people and their morning routines. But the only evidence you will ever need is the profound effect a morning routine will have on your life.
What should I do when I get up?
- Set the pace for the day. Think and move slowly, and give yourself a gentle start.
- Let in natural light. Get some natural light onto your face; the morning sun is something special.
- Prepare your digestive system by drinking your favourite warm water recipe (lemon, ginger, honey, apple cider vinegar or your favourite combo).
- Get into your groove by listening to music.
- Exercise. Morning exercise is a wonderfully energising way to start the day. You don’t need to go hard or fast, you just need to go.
- Whip up a nutritious breakfast. With a little extra time, you can make a smoothie, a protein-packed omelette, or some other delicious recipe that you would have had to skip if you were running out the door while doing your hair.
- Get into your downward-facing dog. Bend and stretch to your heart’s content with a morning Yoga routine. If you don’t have a studio nearby (or if you simply prefer the privacy of home), there are loads of free tutorials online.
- Goal setting. Take some time to set or review your goals, or take steps to work towards them.
- Connect with people you love. Write a note. Send a thoughtful text. Use the time to get in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to for a while.
- Read a book or your favourite blog, purely for the enjoyment of it.
- Get on top of some chores. Ok… no one likes them, but getting on top of chores always makes you feel good. This feeling is doubled when you do it first thing in the morning! Do some laundry, tidy up, sort out your mail or make lunches.
- Clear your head with meditation. ‘Nuff said.
- Plan for a successful day. Create your “MIT” list (most important tasks) or set your top three things to get done for the day.
- Enjoy some quiet time by yourself or with your partner. No hustle and bustle. No TV. Time to completely chill out over a matcha and the newspaper.
- Relax on an early commute. Leave the rush for everyone else and cruise to wherever you need to go. You’ll be surprised how much more relaxed your day can be by allowing extra travel time and arriving early.
If you’re not already in the habit of a morning routine, make the effort to get up and greet the day. It really is a beautiful time to be awake.