‘Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.’ Glen Cook
Mornings are important.
It’s when we set a pace and tone for the day. We should focus on making the most of it and put ourselves in the best possible state.
I am not a morning person myself. Never have been, don’t think that I will ever become one. I enjoy staying up late and prefer not to wake up before 7am unless there is a good reason for it. If I ever discover how to become a complete morning person I will share it with you but for now let’s stick with simple yet useful strategies that I created for making the most of mornings.
Tips that I will list below make my mornings way more positive experience and as a result I have better days. Do you know what better days lead to? Right, a better life! These are my personal 5 steps to a better morning routine:
1. Wake up on time. I used to pause my alarm 4 times to finally leave the bed, rushing and not having enough time for anything, let alone some ‘me time’ before heading off to work used to leave me in anything but good state of mind. Since I’ve started to set a specific time when I have to leave the bed every day (07:34 for me), things got so much more organised. My little trick is to set one alarm 15 minutes before the time that I actually have to wake up, snooze it for once to get those extra 15 min of sleep and then that’s it: use 5 seconds rule method developed by Mel Robbins and jump out of the bed.
2. Drink a glass of water. Seriously, just do it. I would advice you to choose lukewarm water whenever it’s possible and add in lemon, it will help to flush out toxins and will hydrate your body. As a result you will feel way more energetic throughout the day as well as generally healthier in a long run. Just have a glass in your room, so you have a reminder right in front of you.
3. Make your bed. It makes a difference. One task for the day – done, something accomplished already before you even left the house. It’s also good for your mental wellbeing, our surroundings influences us more than we think. Order is good. Order outside, order inside.
4. Think of 3 things you are grateful for. There is always something to be grateful for – your health, people around you, a new dress 😉 No matter what it is, practice of gratitude can be truly life changing. Our brains can be rewired by introducing new thinking patterns and the only way to do is by practicing daily. The more we practice gratitude, the more we are able to spot positive things around us throughout the day. There is no better time to do this than a morning, before we start following our routines and mindlessly falling into an old thinking habits that do not necessarily serve our best interest.
5. Listen to empowering positive music. Power of music is huge. Listen something that lifts you up, or even mantra if that’s your thing (there are plenty of YouTube). Find what makes you feel good and listen to it in the morning, the feeling will accompany you throughout the day.
Until next time,