Does your morning routine need a revamp? If it does, you’re in for a treat. There are ways to upgrade your current routine that makes it fun, energizing, and inspiring. That way, you’re able to kickstart the day and set the tone for the remainder of your experience.
How you start your morning often determines how you feel about the rest of your waking hours. If you smile and make things fun, you’ll feel at greater ease than you would if you’re running out the door, guzzling a cup of coffee, and speeding to work. Getting up just a few minutes earlier than normal and spending that time doing something special for yourself tells your brain that self-care is a priority no matter how busy you feel you are.
Here are five ways to energize your mornings so you get a great start to the day:
1. State three things you’re grateful for.
An attitude of gratitude is so very satisfying. It helps you see just how blessed you are so that you’re not focused on fear or negative thinking. You can even record these things in a journal if you want to so that you have a reminder whenever you need a pick-me-up.
2. Listen to uplifting music or a podcast that inspires you.
Create custom playlists for this purpose. Enjoy your favorite artist or podcaster as you commute because it makes the drive or ride much happier. You’ll learn a lot along the way and be focused on the experience you created for yourself rather than the traffic or crowd in front of you.
3. Make plans for the evening.
Having something to look forward to helps give your day structure and purpose. You know a reward awaits you which makes it possible for you to power through the task list you’d normally rather avoid. When you have an activity planned that makes you happy, you’ll experience an instant attitude adjustment when it comes to all the things you dread to do.
4. Decide what needs to get done today.
Make it a priority to complete the task or series of tasks. If it can be done in 15 minutes or less, make it the first thing you do so you can cross it off your to-do list with confidence. You’ll feel better knowing that you’ve already got a good start on your day’s responsibilities.
5. Prepare your favorite infused water recipe to take with you as you walk out the door.
Dehydration causes a myriad of health problems including headache and confusion. Find a recipe that you love and make a bottle of vitamin-rich, flavored H2O. Keep sliced fruit and veggies in the fridge for easy access.
Make your mornings memorable from here on out. You’ve got options that elevate your spirits and put you in a good mood. The list above is just a starting point to get your creative juices going. Do whatever feels right to you! After all, you’ve got just one life to live, and you’re going to want to make it a good one.