A morning routine is said to boost happiness, increase productivity, reduce stress levels, and get you grounded and settled for the day. It’s about getting started on the right foot.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
A morning routine also allows you to start your morning with intention, rather than letting the day run away from you. You control the day; the day doesn’t control you. This positive feeling of being on top of things results in a positive feeling and effect on your entire day. The morning routine through the lens of Integrative Wellness principles, which take into account the four aspects or ‘systems’ of you: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.
WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE?
1. It increases your productivity
2. Lower stress
3. You will feel in control
4. It increases flexibility
5. It increases blood circulation
6. It releases the stressed muscles.
7. It increases concentration
How many more reasons do you want? Our human brain starts to debate whether to wake up and be productive or sleep under the cosy sheets. Even the best of reasons shall not convince it. This is why, instead of only reading or listening to the morning routines, start one by you. Experience will gain the upper hand over reasoning always. So give it a try!
Now that you have decided to wake up early tomorrow how can you take the next step towards it? Here are a few night rituals to start with before you go head-on with the next morning. Because what is the use of waking up early and being drowsy in the morning meetings?
NIGHT TIME RITUALS FOR A FRESH START
UNWIND – Turn off all the gadgets and play soothing music 30 minutes to 1 hour before your sleep time. Create a dull atmosphere.
SKINCARE – Have a skincare routine according to your skin type.
SOUL CARE – Keep a journal to track your everyday activities & to stay mindful of it. You can also read a book
SHUT DOWN – Visualize and meditate. Plan the next day, keep your outfits ready and sleep early. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep before you wake up the next day.
There are hundreds of videos and books on how to start a routine and what you want to include in it. However, what works for you must be decided only by you. We are giving you a small guide on how you can form a good morning routine. At last, it is all about trial and error to get to the best working morning routine. To start with making sure you have an activity included that you are so excited about.
A MINI-GUIDE TO MAKE YOUR WAY TOWARDS A MORNING ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
1. Rise Early & Stay Consistent
There are many studies that show that the early bird gets the worm. So, while it’s important to get enough sleep, this doesn’t mean you should set your alarm for noon. The most productive leaders understand the importance of getting out of bed early in the morning. Make sure you have a fixed bedtime and rising time. This must include 7-8 hours of sleep. Early morning 5 am-6 am is said to be the ideal wake-up time as it is easy to get adjusted to that time with the influence of our biological cycle.
2. Fix the duration of the activities
Even if you are not sure of what activities you want to start with, keep a fixed time preferably 1 hour or more. This forbids any other tasks to come in the way of your routine and sets your priorities right. The wise men always dedicate their first hour of the day to themselves and their goals. You can include all the activities that you enjoy in this period.
3. Stay away from your phone
It is very easy to pick up the phone first thing in the morning and scroll away. Instead, keep your phone away (even if it’s in the other room) and start your day with mindfulness.
4. Move Your Body
Some people work out in the morning, others find time at lunch, and then some do so in the evening. But the best time to do it is in the morning. Exercising in the morning can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle and could also aid in weight loss if that's your goal. If you don't have time for a whole workout, try doing a few stretches to warm up your muscles and joints for the day ahead.
5. Mindfulness Ideas To Start With
Allocate 10-20 minutes for each activity depending on your priorities. Here is a list of a few activities you can start with.
- Self-love Affirmation
- Journaling / Gratitude Journal
- Reading a book / Studying
- Prayer / Religious Ritual
- Workout / Walking
- Spend Time In Nature
- Cooking Healthy Breakfast
There are many more other ideas to start with and you see how you can modify them accordingly. Starting the day this way can allow us to effectively complete tasks and handle things that come our way without constantly feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
As we start building a morning routine that allows us to feel more confident, productive, and resilient, we might find that our relationships feel closer, more connected, and positive as well. A strong morning routine sets you up for a productive day, leading to more wins. more wins raise your motivation and allow you to accomplish your goals with greater ease. A great to start your morning is having a walk everyday walk gives you benefits.
Most successful people have lots of things in common. For example, they all agree that the first thing you should do in the morning is to eat a frog. This means that it’s better to deal with the worst thing on your to-do list right after waking up. Many celebrities and well-known people follow their morning routine which helps them to follow up on their schedules and work and to maintain their bodies. Examples, are Jennifer Aniston, Jeon jungKook, and Mark Zuckerberg. many more.
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