You’ve likely read the studies saying that those who wake up earlier are more successful. You may even have set the goal to adjust your wake-up time, sure that an extra hour or two at the start of the day is all you need. But deciding to wake up early and actually following through are two different things. If you’d like to test out the theory that an early start is the key to success, he...
1. Wake Up Earlier
Many of us try to wake up as late as possible, but losing precious time in the morning puts pressure on our bodies and minds. As a result, time feels tight throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be that way! By waking up early, you can give your body and mind time to unwind and set your routine at an even pace.
2. Drink a Glass of Water as Soon as You Wake Up
Your body essentially shuts down while you’re sleeping, so it’s easy to become dehydrated overnight. Drinking water will get you ready to start your day. It also re-hydrates your body and creates an easier digestive flow throughout the day.
3. Avoid Technology for The First Hour
It’s tempting to reach for your phone first thing in the morning. Many of us wake up and check our email or social media timeline, but those things will still be there an hour after you wake. You won’t miss out on much, but skipping technology for the first hour lets you start your day on your own terms.
If you need convincing, think about how often you wake up in a great mood. Then you check your email or messages only to receive a message that disrupts your mood. Instead, hold off and take control of your emotions first.
4. Think of Something You’re Grateful For
Practicing gratitude is an important thing healthy people do every morning. It allows you to see that your choice of mood can be up to you. When you wake up, try to find something that you appreciate. Small or large: Your bed, family and friends, or even a warm cup of coffee. The more things you find, the more positive energy you’ll bring to your day.
5. Sunlight, Fresh Air, and Deep Breaths
Even if it’s cloudy outside, open your blinds and let natural light into your room. This will awaken your senses and add a positive sensory to start your day. Next, open a window. If you have direct access to a door that leads outside, open your front door. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with fresh air. Oxygen provides energy to heal and grow the brain.
6. Move Your Body/Exercise
No matter what you’re doing for the rest of the day, your body will be active if you begin your day with movement. Give some of our top morning workouts a try; they can be done at home, and they’re convenient and quick. If you don’t want to exercise, do a few stretches to loosen your muscles and joints.
7. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
A healthy breakfast is your initial fuel for the day. Avoid quick fixes such as sugary cereal, fruit juices, or donuts. Take the time to make a healthy breakfast that will have your body feeling energized until lunchtime. We have so many recipes on the site that are just as easy as they are delicious!
8. Say Positive Affirmations
Self-appreciation is important, and saying motivational mantras can be more helpful than you’d think. Find different things you enjoy about yourself. Then, say them out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror.
9. Plan Ahead
Whether it’s a workday or a day off, planning ahead makes productivity possible. In order to fit in all of the activities you want to accomplish throughout the day, make a plan and stick to it. Spread out your day so you know what to expect and avoid feeling rushed. Commit to your plan as much as you can, but allow room for the random disruptions that life can occasionally bring.
10. Leave Yesterday in the Past
Every day is a new day and a fresh start to life. Yesterday’s arguments, frustrations, and negative thoughts don’t belong in your new day. Leave it in the past instead of clinging to it today.