8 tips for a healthy morning routine
A healthy morning routine is essential for a fantastic start to a successful day. If you have a good start into the day, chances are better that it will continue in a good way and you finish off feeling great. If everything goes wrong in the morning, things usually just get worse throughout the rest of the day. Therefore, it is worthwhile to commit to a morning routine, with which every day has the potential to become the most beautiful one ever. We compiled some tips for the optimal morning routine. Get inspired!
Waking up marks the beginning of a new day. The first thoughts you let in your mind will make or break your mood, and the actions that follow.
That’s why you need a new approach towards mornings. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a morning person, you have to find a way to enjoy the process of getting out of bed and even benefit from it.
One way to do that is to get enough sleep and prepare the night before.
But build the habit of waking up with the first alarm. Otherwise, you’re basically telling the Universe that you aren’t looking forward to your day and want to put that off for later.
If, instead, you wake up passionate to do some meaningful work, excited about the opportunities that might come your way, and determined to do your best job, then you’ll crush it.
What happens once you leave the bed, though?
Well, you can do some or all of the following:
Just imagine the difference in your health, relationships, mood, focus and career if your daily routine begins this way.
You have probably heard how important a good morning routine is for your overall well-being. However, often we do not take the time for that. Our first tip is therefore: be generous when setting your alarm and get up half an hour earlier. Because perhaps you are familiar with this scenario: you wake up in the morning, hit the snooze button, even though you have already set the alarm too late. Then you hardly open your eyes and are already in stress, because time is running. Subsequently, usually everything goes wrong that can go wrong and on top of that you are in a bad mood. So do take your time! Time is incredibly important to start the day in a relaxed and happy way.
What comes first to your mind when you wake up in the morning? Are you immediately going through your to-do list for the day in your head? Or do you have your cell phone in your hand and look for WhatsApp messages and emails? Leave your smartphone alone. In the best case, switched- off. The perfect morning routine actually begins the night before, when you turn off your phone or at least put it on flight mode overnight. Do not worry, you will still hear your alarm clock – should you use the alarm on your mobile phone. Allow yourself to wake up and be completely with yourself. Turn inwards; listen to your inner silence before engaging in the noise of the world.
In the morning, we often prepare our bodies for the day, but not our minds. To care for mental hygiene is just as important as brushing and showering in the morning. Meditate as part of your morning routine and you will see the positive effects it will have on your whole day! It is best to meditate directly between waking up and getting up, before your thoughts get busy with the day ahead. Five or ten minutes are enough to set the course for the day. Lying in bed while meditating bears the risk of falling asleep again or drifting away in thoughts. Rather, sit on the bed or a chair and feel your feet on the floor. Relax your body and feel every part of the body from the inside. Watch your breath and just be present for a moment.
Mindfulness is becoming more mindful or aware of where and what you’re focusing your attention on. Mindfulness can also be thought of as the thread that bonds and connects every decision we make.
There are many ways to become more mindful of our perceptions, thoughts, feelings, emotions, fears, or habits but the principle beneath the surface is consistent through every option.
Listening. Becoming the silent observer of your environment who understands without judgment.
A great way to become more mindful and build good habits is to practice listening to your body, heart, thoughts, environment, and intuition to develop a better understanding of who YOU are and how YOU are influenced by your surroundings.
Next, stretch yourself! Do some physical exercises to get the energy going. You can do some short stretching exercises for the back, shoulders and legs to wake up your tired body. In particular, if you spend many hours sitting in your everyday life, your body will thank you if you move it a bit in the morning. Stretch your limbs, paying attention to your breath. Yoga is exercise and meditation in one!
That way you can combine the training of your mind and your body in one step. Just like when you brush your teeth while showering. It is best to exercise before breakfast. However, drink water or tea before you start, so you do not get dizzy!
The body is usually dehydrated in the morning after waking up. Make it a habit to drink a glass of fresh water first thing in the morning. Or, even better, a cup of hot or warm water with the juice of half a lemon. Lemon water has a cleansing and detoxifying effect. It helps your body to get rid of toxins and is alkalising. Even if you are a coffee drinker, treat yourself first with lemon juice and water, and coffee later, after a workout or a shower.
Take your time for a healthy breakfast and make sure you eat plenty. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it gives your body the energy it needs and your mind will thank you, too. Make sure your breakfast is a healthy, nutritious meal. Oatmeal is very good because it provides a long-lasting, balanced blood sugar level. If you do not like warm porridge with water or milk, then try oatmeal in yogurt or as pancakes or waffles. A handful of fruit, best regional and organic. Whole grain bread with vegan spread or avocado, but also boiled or fried eggs are a good choice for a high- energy start to the day.
Another good tip for a healthy morning routine is visualization. Use the power of thought right at the start of the day and imagine how you want it to look like. Focus consciously on positive images and feelings. Imagine you have already achieved all of your goals and feel your sense of accomplishment!
Well, here it comes after all, the to-do list. However, instead of thinking through everything you have to do, separate the wheat from the chaff. Set priorities. Make a to-do-today list: take a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of what you really need to do that day. Put only the things on it that cannot be ticked off on any other day. Write all the other things you can think of on another piece of paper – the to-do list for later. Perhaps, on another morning you take over things from this list and write down new ones for later. This way you avoid feeling overwhelmed and overloaded. Become aware of everything that you do not have to do this day and enjoy the feeling of gratitude and relief.
Whatever you do as part of your personal morning routine. The important thing is that it does not stress you, but relaxes you and increases your well-being, and last but not least that you make it a habit. Because habit creates a routine and vice versa.
First, we make our habits, then our habits make us.
Do you have a good habit that has brought something good to you? Share it with us in a comment!