Morning habits can make or break your day. You get up and face the day either with the energy and enthusiasm of a young child, or with that of a sloth….
And who do you think stands more of a chance of having a productive and great day?
The enthusiastic one, of course.
I wanted to look today at just how to create fantastic morning habits that could just change your days, for the better, forever.
Let’s get started!
I have days where I just can’t seem to get anything done.
No matter how hard I try, everything seems to take forever to do, I get distracted, and other things crop up unexpectedly.
Now, if this happens every so often I can just put it down to life, my mood, and a variety of other things that create that perfect storm…
But – if it starts to happen more – then I know something has to change.
Something isn’t working for me, and I need to fix it asap!
That something – usually – is what I do in the morning.
Your morning sets you up for the entire day, and it stands to reason that if you struggle at that time, if you are running around like a crazy woman, or if you just stumble into your day, then you won’t get as much done or feel as energetic as if you are prepared and organised about things from the outset.
Now, if you have followed this blog for any amount of time you’ll be fully aware that I am NOT a morning person. AT. ALL.
I have always dreamt of being a morning person (dreaming in my snuggly warm bed, when I lie in every morning probably!), but find the whole process of changing to be one very overwhelming to say the least.
The trick, I have come to realise, is to change my habits.
One at a time – slowly but surely – and I’ll get there.
So – today I wanted to look at the many habits that could make you and I into the morning people we dream of being – once and for all – you ready to join me?
Of course – you can pick one or many to try – it’s totally up to you and your needs – but hopefully you’ll have a little fun trying them…
Who knows – in a few months time we could be meeting up in town for a 6am yoga class… (although I’d settle at the moment for feeling human at 7 – baby steps…).
25 MORNING HABITS TO TRANSFORM YOUR DAY
- #1 – Put your alarm clock away from your bed so you HAVE to get up to turn it off
- #2 – Wake up at the same time every day – so your body gets used to it.
- #3 – Wake up at a time that gives you plenty of time before you have to leave the house. As soon as you have to start rushing around you feel worse.
- #4 – Have something fantastic to wake up for each day. This doesn’t have to be anything big, but has to be something that you love doing. Kids get up easily each day because they are genuinely excited about what’s in store. If you can do one thing every day that makes you happy, you’ll be a lot more likely to want to get out of bed more easily.
- #5 – SMILE as soon as you wake up – force the positivity if you are struggling with it. Your body can’t always tell whether you mean it or not!
- #6 – Drink a glass of water before you do anything else (some people love warm water with fresh lemon)
- #7 – Have some quiet time just to get yourself ready for the day – ideally before anyone else is up.
- #8 – Make your bed – this just sets you up for the day really well (and you won’t be tempted to get back in it – or is that just me!)
- #9 – Open the windows – as soon as you can get some fresh air and light into your home. This will wake you up and make you feel great (even in winter this works really well, but obviously close them again quite quickly!).
- #10 – Let the kids have some responsibility. You don’t have to do it all every morning. Kids can get their own mornings sorted from a young age if they are allowed to try it. Start to prompt them with times and they will soon get used to doing more themselves which will make your mornings much less stressed. Having a morning routine written out for them would work really well – for example – 7.30 get up / make bed / toilet, 7.40 have breakfast, 8 clean teeth and wash face/shower, 8.10 get dressed, 8.20 check bag for school is ready, 8.30 leave the house.
- #11 – Put some lively music on. This is a great trick – especially if like me you love to sing! – having a playlist of your favourite happy tunes will really get you in the mood for a good day. (dancing to the music will also tick off the exercise as well!).
- #12 – Read through your schedule for the day. Wherever you write it down, check what you have got coming up in your day, then you’ll know what’s coming and mentally prepare for the day ahead.
How many of these do you already do? How do you think it would make you feel to do all of these each day?
They are pretty simple to do, but can totally transform the way you leave your home every morning. I know that as soon as I have had a good morning I have a better day – so are you ready for a few more habits to try? Let’s keep going…