“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
What you cultivate in the morning influences how you feel, act, and think during the rest of your day. Here are ten simple habits that you can add into your morning routine now, to ensure you are feeling, acting, and thinking about your highest potential for the rest of your day.
Stay Unplugged from Tech
If the first thing you do when you wake up is to check your smartphone for messages or work email, you are doing yourself damage. It will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of inner peace and control.
Instead, try remaining detached from technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with present-moment awareness and a positive focus.
Drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is an excellent way to hydrate your body.
Practice Optimism and Gratitude
Before you even get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude. When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters which lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your heart rate.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning that makes you start your day feeling skilled and what better tone to set than a sense of pride and achievement.
Incorporating some mindfulness practice like meditation into your daily morning routine can help ground you and train your mind and emotions, which then influences how you react to challenges throughout your day.
Whether it’s a simple yoga routine, a brisk walk with your pet, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting the gym to work off last night’s meal, starting your day with movement energizes the body and the mind.
Put Yourself Together
Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it is one less thing to worry about throughout your day. So, shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, comb your hair, apply lotion/oil, dress to impress and use any other hygiene/grooming habits that make you feel good about yourself.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
When you make time to eat a healthy breakfast, you’ll have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.
Have a “To-Do” List Ready to Conquer
Take a few minutes to write down a “to-do” list for the day ahead. Then prioritize it, so your day’s list has only 3 to 5 items on it—ranked in order of priority to make sure you tackle the most important things first.
Get Enough Restful Sleep
The way you feel while you’re awake is dependent in part on your sleep habits. If you’ve been feeling tired, irritable, or exhausted, you may not be getting enough quality sleep
Your morning sets up the success of your day. Start it well!