Are you setting yourself up for success, or self sabotaging from the jump? The answer is in your habits. Read about 8 Morning Habits To Make Your Day!
When you first wake up, the tasks or things you do immediately afterwards will set the tone for what you will accomplish. How many times have you finished the day with disappointment?
You get to the end and you’re tired, and left wondering what happened. This leads to self-defeating thoughts, and a cycle of procrastination that can quickly spiral out of control.
If you don’t start the day on a positive note, everything you do seem to not be working as intended. This can be especially true for those who don’t consider themselves morning people.
When we first wake up in the morning, our mind is incredibly impressionable because we’ve been in a dream state, and unconscious.
If your mind is not starting up the optimal way, it will cause hiccups in your operating system for the entire day.
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So, what is the solution to what seems to be such a random determination of how we think, act, and feel on a daily basis?
Well, you can’t control the world around you, but you can set in motion positive habits which will allow you to better respond to the challenges that come your way. The key is to be proactive about this, rather than reactive.
What Are The Best Morning Habits?
1. Avoid Your Phone
Yes, we all know you like to wake up, go to the bathroom and then look at your phone for the latest buzz. The thing is, your smartphone is like a drug. It stimulates sensations in the brain that release dopamine.
You are immediately setting yourself up for becoming reactive because so much data and information is being sent your way while your brain is still in first gear. It also makes it harder to control your impulses, especially the kind that stem from technology.
You want to make sure you set aside some time for you to gather your thoughts. Put the phone in do not disturb mode until you’ve had a chance to set the tone for the morning.
2. Drink A Tall Glass Of Water
Yup, sounds too simple to really be effective right? Thing is, this morning habit is extremely important to get off on the right foot.
Adding lemon to your drinking water will also benefit you as it helps stimulate digestion, jolt your metabolism first thing in the morning, plus gives you some much needed vitamin C.
When we’re sleeping, our body accumulates toxic byproducts from our digestive system, and a fresh glass of water will help flush it all out, and re-hydrate.
3. Start Positive
Give yourself some good thoughts to keep your mindset on the right track. A simple practice is to think about a couple things you are grateful for, so you can put things in perspective.
Eventually it becomes easier to think positive, the more you make it a habit. It helps to look at something beautiful, like nature, while pondering all that is good in your life.
This may not be obvious at first, but dig deep and you’ll find a reason to be happy.
This doesn’t have to be some crazy hour long ritual where you are struggling to find a place of zen. You could literally meditate for a few short minutes, or go for 15.
The important thing is to use this practice to clear your mind, and process all those thoughts bouncing around in your head so you can relieve anxiety and stress.
Just sit upright in a comfy spot, close your eyes, and listen to some soothing sounds. You may not notice the effects immediately, but over time, it compounds.
5. Stretch The Muscles
Well, this morning habit sure is easy to skip. Your muscles are going to be stiff after laying down for 8 hours in bed. You try to go from 0 to 100, and you’re asking for an injury.
Something simple such as stretching out will loosen you up. The hamstrings, lower back, arms, neck and more can be taken care of with just a couple simple stretches that take no longer than 5 minutes.
6. Clean Up Your Room
This means you remake your bed in the morning, and put the dirty clothes in the hamper. Seems silly right?
The reason it works is because it gives you a small win first thing in the morning, and you can build on that win going forward. Several successful people have used this morning habit to start their day.
7. Move Your Butt
Yes, we mean literally. Movement is part of getting your mindset into the same place, that is, going forward. You don’t need to run a 5k or do some powerlifting squats.
Just a simple 10-minute brisk walk in the sunshine is enough. This gets the blood flowing, and puts the mute button on any negative self-talk. Plus, the sun helps us get in touch with nature, and reduce drowsiness.
8. Make A Task List
You don’t need to go wild here with some extensive list of tasks. Instead focus on the top 3 things you need to accomplish today.
These should be substantial enough to make you feel accomplished, but also realistic enough to actually get done most of the time. Now you’re setting yourself up to win the day, instead of fighting the day.