The start always influences the rest of the process no matter what we have in mind, but it’s especially true in the case of how your day will go. If you start it unmotivated, irritated and in a rush, these negative feelings will surely affect your mood and motivation in the hours that follow.
There are many morning routines recommended by successful people, and finding the one that works best for you is vital to your state of mind. As the wellness experts at Primalharvest.com say, it’s getting even more critical right now, with so many of us stuck at home due to the pandemic. When you work from home, have fun at home, and do virtually everything at home, it can become difficult to find the strength and motivation to keep going.
We won’t provide you with the panacea here – what you need will depend on many factors influencing your lifestyle – but we’ve put together some tips that will help you get started and create your own perfect morning routine.
Analyze your current morning routine
Start by tracking the time spent on specific activities in the morning without introducing a change right away, even if that includes scrolling on your phone during breakfast. Once you’ve introduced it, you’ll be able to tell how much time you need and how much you’re spending on things that aren’t needed or beneficial (for example, we tend to scroll through our phones even though it usually triggers and irritates us).
Find out what works for you
Morning routines and habits considered healthy can be very different, depending on individual preferences and needs. That’s why it’s critical to figure out what you actually enjoy and what you can benefit from – you need to combine the two, because they don’t always go together.
For example, you might not be the biggest fan of jogging, but you just feel powerful once you get back – in which case you should definitely include even a 30 minute run in your morning routine followed by some pleasant and gratifying thing. The latter may be having a cup of coffee over a book, playing with your dog, or writing a journal.
When it comes to when you wake up, it’s also an individual matter, unlike what many people who wake up at 5 a.m. might say. While starting early is always a good idea, it’s more important to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. So if you don’t have a 9-5 job, you need to adjust your sleep schedule. However, always try to work on model development.
Each morning, spend several minutes planning your day. Not everything can be predicted, but if you list all the tasks ahead, it will be much easier for you to manage your time without the unnecessary rush. Your goals don’t have to be all work-related – list your personal responsibilities, tasks, and things that you wanted to do for a long time but haven’t found a time. Make sure you list them in the correct order, most urgent or most important, so that you can relieve the pressure as quickly as possible.
Develop healthy habits
- Every day drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. It’s a good idea to leave it on your nightstand the night before and drink it as soon as you wake up. Then follow the routine of consuming water throughout the day.
- If you take any drugs or supplements, make sure you have them where you can see them. Those that can be taken on an empty stomach can be placed with a glass of water next to your bed.
- Stay away from the Internet. It can be tempting to scroll through your phone when you are in the bathroom or having lunch; some people even check their email or social media before getting up. It is recommended that you perform your morning routine offline to avoid energy loss and early triggers.
- Take time for lunch. It is better to wake up 15 minutes earlier and have time to eat in peace than to rush or not eat at all. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day because it is supposed to energize you throughout the day.
- Be aware and grateful. Even if it’s only five minutes of your morning routine, you’ll see a difference once you allow yourself to be in the moment and think about what you need to be grateful for. It is sure to charge you with positive energy for the day ahead.
Introduce changes gradually
No one is born in the morning, trust us. It’s all about developing healthy sleep and morning habits. People are able to adapt to any change. However, this is precisely why so many people get discouraged and give up on the idea of building the morning routine.
You have to start small, keep up the good work, and be patient. Don’t change your life overnight. Start with a few tasks and gradually add more as you get used to your new morning ritual. For example, if you want to wake up much earlier than usual, it will be much more effective to start by setting your alarm to 15 minutes earlier, then 15 minutes more after a while, and so on.
According to various research, it takes on average more than two months to form a new habit – depending on its nature, it can happen sooner but also later. While the transition can certainly be tiring, it will be worth it.
Make Hello! Specific
Start your day off right by establishing a morning routine tailored to your needs and preferences. Take it step by step to ease the transition and celebrate small accomplishments – the first time you wake up without hitting the snooze button or the first full week of morning jog.
What your morning looks like really influences your mood and motivation; it determines whether you have a productive day or not. And by productive, we’re not just talking about work – keep in mind that taking a day to take care of yourself and rest is also necessary and incredibly beneficial.
The morning routine, by definition, should be done every day – only then can you expect to really enjoy it. However, as long as you tailor it to your lifestyle and taste, it will only make you happier.
Natalia – a linguist, bookworm, lover of nature and animals on her journey of self-discovery, exploring mental health and general well-being.