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How to Start Your Day? Benefits of a Morning Routine

Consider the following scenario: you wake up to your annoying alarm and, after hitting the snooze button three, four, or five times, you rush to the shower, unsure of what day of the week it is, get out and scramble through your closet looking for clean clothes, get yourself into a presentable state, and dash to the kitchen, only to realize you forgot to prepare your breakfast AND lunch for the day. It’s not even 8 a.m., and you’re harried, agitated, hungry, and grumpy. Oh, and your dog needs to go for a walk and is staring at you.

The scene depicted above is the polar opposite of following a morning routine. This person is having a stressful morning, but he is also more likely to have a stressful day.

No pressure, but how you start your day might determine how successful you are. Healthy habits and routines, we feel, are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and if we had to start, it would be your morning routine.

A morning routine is essentially a series of basic actions that you complete in the same sequence every day. There are numerous advantages to developing and sticking to a morning routine, including the following:

1. Positive mindset: Starting your day off well sets the tone for the rest of the day; picture how different it feels to wake up to calming noises rather than the blaring and unpleasant sounds of an alarm clock. We have a feeling one of those will make you feel grumpy.

2. Lower stress levels: A rushed morning leads to a stressful morning (and possibly the rest of the day) to return to the earlier scenario. Still, a more serene and intentional morning ritual prepares us to be calm and focused throughout the day.

Increases productivity and focus—having a fixed routine allows you to know what to expect next, which will make you efficient and productive. Having a productive morning boosts your chances of remaining focused and efficient for the remainder of the day.

3. Sense of control and stability: We feel as if we have established control over at least part of our lives when we follow a pattern early in the day, before any unpredictability and lunacy may start (as life occasionally throws those curveballs at us). This makes us feel more at ease, but it also allows us to deal with any bumps in the road more calmly and rationally.

4. Improves energy levels: A routine provides structure and guidelines. When we follow it task-like, we actively participate in our morning rather than passively yawning and wondering what’s next. This keeps our bodies moving, our minds alert, and our attention focused. Your heart rate may rise even higher if you add in an exercise, a cold shower, or morning meditation practice.

5. Encourages good habits: We are more likely to remain on a healthy path if we begin the day with healthy practices. There’s something about how you start your day that may make or break the rest of your day. Actions breed more actions, and it will be much simpler to stay on track if the activity is structured, positive, and focused.

6. Relationships are improved: When you and those around you know what to expect each morning, you and the people around you are more likely to begin the day calmly and peacefully, making a living with others more enjoyable. Of course, it won’t always be a flawless morning, but it will be MUCH more tolerable on those days when it isn’t, keeping you and your relationships in better shape.

7. Encourages discipline: Discipline is what keeps us doing something even when we don’t feel like it, and it connects us to the bigger picture of why we’re choosing to engage in healthy activities in the first place. We will feel better and be in the correct attitude to make more focused and meaningful judgments as the day develops if we adopt the discipline of a morning routine.

Ways to Get the Day Started on the Right Foot

Okay, so you’ve heard that having a daily routine is beneficial to your health, and you’ve decided to give it a try since you’re sick of stumbling over yourself every morning. Where do you begin, though? The following are some basic things you can do to get your days started on the right foot. Pick the ones that are comfortable for you. Start simple and build up to find the regimen that feels right for you (and adjust as needed):

  • Get Your Sleep: This is technically a night routine, but hear us out: getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep the night before makes you more likely to make healthier and more intelligent decisions the next day, which includes sticking to a morning routine.
  • Set your alarm for 15-30 minutes earlier than usual: Choose an upbeat alarm sound or song that will get you excited to start your day. You can implement a morning routine in a more relaxed condition if you start the day earlier. As you become adjusted to the new schedule, make adjustments to your evenings to ensure you receive enough sleep.
  • Prepare your sleeping quarters: You’ve almost certainly heard this one before, and for a good cause. It’s a quick and easy chore that you may complete as soon as you get out of bed (or at least the second thing you do after getting out of bed). Crossing it off your to-do list feels good, but it also helps your room seem prettier and makes you feel more put-together. It will also keep you from getting back into bed for ‘just a few more minutes because you don’t want to ruin your morning masterpiece.
  • A moment of reflection: Engaging in mindfulness practice can help you enhance your mood and maintain a sense of peace, whether it’s through gratitude, journaling, breathwork, or simply being present with your morning cup of coffee or bowl of oats.
  • Make a move: Even if you don’t have 30 or 60 minutes for a workout, figure out something to move your body in whatever time you do have: go for a brisk walk, dance to your favorite tunes, practice yoga, or even stretch. Incorporating movement into your morning routine can help you wake up your body and brain, enhance your mood, balance your blood sugar, aid in weight loss, and improve your quality of life.
  • Break your fast the smart way: If eating first thing in the morning makes you feel good, choose meals high in protein, fat, and fiber to keep you satiated and satisfied until midday. Avocado toast with an egg, chia seed pudding with nuts and berries, and Greek yogurt with a mix of fresh or frozen fruit topped with hemp seeds are just a few examples. Protein powder, frozen fruit, and nut or seed butter can all be combined in a smoothie.

We hope we’ve convinced you that establishing a morning routine is worthwhile—find what works best for you, tweak as required, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a healthy morning, day, and life!

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