Why is perfecting your morning routine the first step to improving your life?
“By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.” – Hal Erod, Author of the Miracle Morning
Morning routines set the tone for the day. It allows us to control our schedules rather than letting our schedules control us, they can significantly increase productivity and reduce stress. Many successful people are early risers and have perfected the art of the morning routine. Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) is known for waking up at 3:45 a.m. to get a head start on emails and Michelle Obama kick starts her day at 4:30 a.m. with some exercise.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gough
It really is the little things. Here are some small changes you can make this week that could make a big difference in your life.
Prepare the Night Before
Preparation is key. We want our mornings to run as smoothly as possible, so set yourself up for success. I love a list! It allows me to see exactly what I need to do in one place which helps me to stay focused and ensures I won’t forget anything. Ticking things off that list can also be very satisfying and make you feel like you have accomplished something. Plan your most exciting jobs at the start of your day, this will motivate you to get out of bed.
Rise and Shine
I know how tempting those 5 minutes of extra sleep may seem, but let me convince you not to hit that snooze button. Snoozing will probably make you feel more groggy and tired. Here’s the science: most snooze buttons are set for around 9 minutes. This does not allow you to complete a full sleep cycle and as a result when you do wake up you may experience sleep inertia. Sleep inertia affects your memory, judgement and reaction times. Avoid snoozing by putting your alarm at a distance from your bed.
Do something positive that you enjoy in the morning! Whether this be exercise, journaling, meditating or reading. When you start your day by checking your phone, you are priming your brain for a day of distraction. Your brain will constantly crave that dopamine that your phone provides, train your brain to get used to lower levels of stimulations. Your mind is so powerful.
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day
Food is fuel and the right food can give you the energy you need to tackle your morning. A healthy breakfast does not have to be boring. Check out our meal plans so you can indulge in a delicious breakfast too. My personal favourite from the Balanced Diet is the dark chocolate banana bread with vanilla yogurt. Yum!
Several studies have shown that individuals who eat a healthy balanced breakfast have better mental health, more positive attitudes to life and high levels of a quality life.
Choose your mind over your mattress! Let us know how these small changes have made a difference to your week over on Instagram (@loveyourselfhq)
By Pooja Depala