5 Ways to Transform Your Morning Routine
I've always been something of a morning person. Mornings are when I feel most alive, most awake, and most focused on my work. That's not to say I never have tired, groggy mornings! But I generally feel more energetic in the morning than in the afternoon.
I appreciate, however, that most people aren't like that. For many of you, mornings are rushed, exhausting, and unpleasant. But they don't have to be! My mornings aren't 100% down to natural talent and skill - I have helped friends to also become 'morning people'. Now I want to help you!
The best way to ensure a happy, productive morning is to stick to a routine. This will force you to get out of bed and get moving. Eventually, the effort will become habit. It might never be entirely effortless, but I promise that your mornings will get easier with practice.
There is no single routine that will work for everyone. If you work until 2am, don't get up at 5am! If you spend all day exercising, a 20-minute workout might not be your top morning priority. Work out a routine that works for you. If you aren't sure how to create and stick to a routine, the app Time Tuner might help you out. (I included it in my list of 5 apps to make your life easier).
There are a few key points that will make your mornings happier, brighter, and more helpful. Start the day as you mean to go on with these 5 ways to transform your morning routine:
1- Drinking Plenty of Water
At least some of that unpleasant morning feeling is actually not tiredness - it's dehydration. That's hardly surprising given that you may have gone over 8 hours without drinking. Keep a large glass of water beside your bed and drink the entire thing as soon as you sit up. You will begin to feel more awake and alert in moments.
A short workout might not feel very appealing in the morning, but it will get you awake and moving. I definitely don't have the energy for a full workout first thing, but I try to do at least a little. My favourite is the 7 minute workout (which I also included on my list of favourite apps). It really is only 7 minutes long, but it gets the entire body moving. On very good days, I do it twice.
This is something of a luxury for those of you who have time. If you can find even five minutes in your morning, this is a valuable habit to get into! Write about what you're grateful for, get your worries out onto paper, or think about your goals for the day. If you're not sure how to get started with journaling, don't worry! I have a series of journaling masterclasses planned for the near future. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list for dates and more information! (signup form at the top of this page)
4- Reading or Listening
Reading is one of the most effective ways to transform your life. If you can fit in 20 minutes in the morning, it will improve your day no end. If you don't have time to sit and read, why not listen to an audiobook or podcast? You can get on with your morning routine and commute to work while learning at the same time.
Please eat breakfast. I know that a lot of people prefer not to eat in the morning, but you are doing yourself no favours. Your body needs fuel. Eat something small if you have to, but don't skip breakfast altogether. I am an especially big fan of oatmeal with honey and nuts. It's a filling breakfast that's easy to prepare and tastes good. If you don't have time in the mornings, try making overnight oats. Then you can just grab them and go!
If you do these five things for a few moments each morning, you will definitely notice an improvement. You might not have time for all five every day, but that's OK! Do what you can, when you can. Try to focus on eating and drinking water, though! Being in a good physical state will make the rest of your day much easier.
What sort of routine do you follow in the morning - if you have one at all? I'm always interested to hear about other peoples' strategies and tips. Please share!