What you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Starting the day with a healthy morning routine will not only set the tone for the day but it will give you lasting energy which will lead to a healthier and more productive you. After you did all that great work in the morning you feel so good and you will not want to sabotage any of it for the remainder of the day.
It’s natural at this point to start thinking of all the reasons why a morning routine won’t work for you, but remember this is your life and you have to take control of it. Do you want something in your life to change? If so, you most likely have to start by changing something else. You’ve been meaning to start practicing meditation in the morning but you keep telling yourself you have no time? Well it’s time to set that alarm 15 minutes earlier. You have been meaning to quit the grab and go coffee and donut habit every morning so that you are not on a blood sugar roller coaster all day? It’s time to take 5 minutes and prepare a healthy breakfast at home.
I want to share with you my morning routine which helps me staying on track with my nutrition, fitness and productivity goals. You don’t have to adapt this identical routine. What are your goals? How much time do you have? The goal here is to find what works for you. Once you find it, stick to it. The more you do it the more it will become as natural as brushing your teeth in the morning.
Alright, here is my morning routine:
The first thing I do when I wake up is hydrate. I either drink a big glass of plain water or enjoy some warm water with fresh lemon juice. Many of you may need that cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning and that’s fine, but try having a big bass of water first. Especially if you are having caffeinated drinks, it is very dehydrating to the body. That will only contribute to fatigue throughout your day.
The second thing I do right after I hydrate myself is sitting down comfortably and taking part in some kind of meditation practice for about 15 minutes. This really grounds me first thing in the morning. Instead of starting my day off in a chaotic way, I start it with peace and quiet. Another option if you are not up for trying meditation is journaling. Journaling helps you express yourself first thing in the morning and helps you get anything out that is bothering you. If nothing is bothering you, you can simply adopt a gratefulness practice where you list a few things you are grateful for first thing in the morning. Trust me starting the day off being grateful for what you have rather than what you don’t will make a big difference in your attitude all day.
Time to get moving now. I make an effort to do some kind of exercise. It doesn’t matter what it is. Try to find something that you enjoy. Anything from walking the dog to pilates to a high intensity weight lifting session; it all works. The key is to simply get your body moving. You will be motivated to keep moving throughout the day when you start this way. Once again simple things like taking the stairs vs. the elevator once you get to work will make a difference in the long run.
Now comes my favourite part: breakfast. Nourishing your body after exercise is so important for recovery. This is another opportunity for you to set the tone with your nutrition choices for the rest of the day. I choose a breakfast high in protein and fats that keep me satisfied until my next meal and add some slow digesting carbs like vegetables and low-glycemic fruits for energy.
I am now ready to start my day, but first I need a plan. I am so much more productive when I have a plan instead of being all over the place and spending half of that time looking at cute cat videos (that’s right, you are not the only one who does that). Take 5 minutes to really plan out your day. Set your goals, write in your planner or simply write a to-do list. I like to schedule out everything with specific times, but I also always have a random small to-do list on the side that contains things that I have to get done during the day in no particular order.
That’s it! Those are the five things I do in the morning to start my day off right. I hope this can be inspiring to you while you find the right morning routine for yourself. The goal is not to be perfect. It’s about taking a step in the right direction to finally making your life the one you’ve always dreamed of.