We’re firm believers that the way in which we start our morning will have a direct impact and determine the quality of the day ahead. Sticking to a routine can help us to feel like we’re in control and have achieved something before even leaving the house, a sense of accomplishment that evokes a positive mindset affecting your mood, focus and productivity at work. That being said, morning routines are entirely personal, and what works for one person might not work for you. The key is to figure out what you want to achieve and set simple, manageable goals, however, there are a few key actions that are recommended for everyone:
We’ve all heard the phrase “you snooze, you lose” and that couldn’t be any more true when you realise all the positive things you could be achieving just by waking up a tiny bit earlier and not snoozing your alarm. Think of all the things we tell ourselves we don’t have time for: exercising, reading, making a packed lunch… an extra hour, or half an hour in the morning is your time set aside to complete these tasks before the working day commences.
There are so many theories about why making your bed in the morning is important, here are our favourites: 1. It’s your first task of the day and the easiest to tick off the list. This one simple action is your first small victory, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and pride, ready to take on the rest of the day. 2. Tidy house, tidy mind. A neatly made bed instantly makes your room look tidier. There’s a deep sense of satisfaction when your living/sleeping space is clean and tidy which has a positive impact on our mental health by making us feel in control and less overwhelmed. 3. There’s nothing like the feeling of getting into a made bed after a long day at work when all you want to do is relax. Simply pull back the covers and crawl in… your future (very tired) self will thank you.
Start the day feeling pumped, energised and ready to tackle anything by incorporating exercise into your morning routine. Whether running is your thing, or you prefer to stretch out with some Pilates or Yoga, any kind of physical activity is good for both your mind and your body, keeping you fit and healthy, as well as being an excellent stress reliever. How many times have you made excuses not to visit the gym after work because you’re too tired? We’re guilty of it at least once a week… but by getting a workout in before work, you eliminate the potential for excuses!
One of the very first things we should all do when we wake up is drink a glass of water. Hydration is key for brain function after a long period of time without any liquids. We like to add a few slices of lemon to ours for an added boost of vitamin C and antioxidants. Breakfast provides us with our first source of fuel for the day and opting for a healthy breakfast, packed with goodness and nutrients, is the best way to kickstart productivity.
Daily meditation is proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, getting your morning off to a positive and more relaxed start. Check back to our previous blog for the benefits of daily meditation and some of our favourite apps to help you along the way.
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