Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door, the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well? The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly.
When you form healthy habitual behaviors for the morning, you set your day up for success. Whether you are aware of them or not, you operate under habits (both good and bad) all the time. They are an integral part of your daily existence.
Stretching first thing in the morning is a great way to loosen up your tight muscles that have been in slumber for a long period of time. Not only will you feel more relaxed, it will also prevent potential muscle strains if you engage in sudden body movements.
Hydrating yourself with enough water is essential for a healthy body, as many of your bodily systems rely on this key fluid. For those of you who aren’t inclined to drinking tons of water, a good start would be downing a cup of water in the morning. This habit is way more powerful than it sounds, as it flushes out your toxins, fuels your brain and kick starts your metabolism first thing in the morning.
Surely, many heavy sleepers would agree that getting out of bed is in itself an arduous workout. Sorry to burst that bubble, but that’s definitely not considered as exercise in our books. We're talking about full-fledged cardiovascular activities! Whether it’s jogging, pilates or jumping jacks, it’s important that you get your heart pumping and in the morning. Not only will you feel energised, a morning exercise will also heighten your focus and mental capacity.
Breakfast is, hands down, the best meal of the day. When you first get up in the morning, your blood sugar is lower than usual. Thus, it’s imperative that you give your body the fuel it needs to carry out your activities. Not only that, breakfast is an inherent ingredient in maintaining your body’s metabolism and weight. So, no more skipping breakfast.
As cliché as these quotes can be, most of them actually hold important truths. Filling your brain up with these empowering statements can help steer your mindset into the right zone and get you pumped up and ready to tackle the day ahead. So, even if you’re posed with challenges and failures, you’ll remember that “if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”.
Truly, knowing the latest details of the global economy status or local affairs may not be the first thing on your mind. But, reading the papers or scrolling through online news in the morning can seriously engage your mind and elevate your alertness. Not to mention, staying on top of current events ensures that you won’t be tragically left out of related conversations amongst your colleagues or friends.
Grab a notebook and pen and settle down – it’s time for some planning. Planning your daily schedule every day not only keeps on track with your various appointments, the act of thinking and writing helps to stimulate the various sectors of your brain. You can bet you’ll be thankful at the end of the day.