How we start our day sets the tone for how the day will be. Having a routine helps establish positive patterns. Starting out the day on a positive note will help you be optimistic, happy, and productive throughout the day.
1. Set the Mood for the Day
Have a positive attitude and a smile on your face, even on the mornings you may not feel like it. Gently stretch your entire body, and inhale a few deep cleansing breaths then say out loud an affirmation of how you feel, who you are, and what your day is going to be like. An example could be: I feel energized, I am respectful to others, and this is going to be a great day! Do a short grounding meditation to stay centered to the earth’s energies.
2. Give Yourself Enough Time
There is nothing worse than having a rushed morning. It takes time to decide what to wear for the day, what meals to pack, what calls need to be made, and so on. Setting your alarm a few minutes early, or doing these tasks the night before will give you extra time so you don’t find yourself rushing around. The less you have to focus in the morning, the better you can prepare yourself mentally for the day.
3. Have a good breakfast
A good day always starts with a good meal. Fill up on something balanced with protein, carbs, and good fats. Take a few minutes to sit down and enjoy what you are eating or drinking. Take your vitamins. And don’t forget to feed your pets.
4. Plan Your Day
You can either do this the night before or in the morning, but know what appointments you have for the day and prioritize your to do list. Check your emails, mail, and social media but have a set amount of time dedicated to this so that it doesn’t take up too much of your time. Address things that require your attention right away or put it on your schedule later in the day.
Adding physical activity starts your day out right and capitalizes on the benefits from your workout throughout the day. Go to the gym, hop on a bike, go for a brisk walk, do some stretching and yoga… you decide! The important part is to get moving.
6. Eliminating the Chaos
Leave your house in the state you would like to return home to, so that you’re not carrying around a to-do list with you all day. This could mean anything from tidying up and making your bed, to signing your kid’s permission slips. Creating these habits will allow you to focus clearly at work, and relax once you come home from a busy day.
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Take a few minutes to write down what needs to be included in your morning routine and decide how much time that will take. Set your alarm to allow for enough time to follow your entire routine and to calmly get out of your house and ready to take on what the day has to offer.