The way you start your morning can go a long way in determining how the rest of the day will turn out. When you feel stressed in the early parts of the day, chances are you’ll get tired and frustrated before the day is over. Getting a good start in the morning can go a long way to set your day right, physically and mentally.
If the outcome of your entire day depends on how you start your day, what then is the best way to start your day?
In this blog post, we’ll be sharing with you the 10 best ways to start your day.
- Plan your morning the night before
Sometimes we wake up feeling tired because we probably didn’t get enough sleep, which is why it is important to start your day the night before by going to bed early.
Remember how the sleep cycle works? One sleep cycle requires an average of 90 mins and the average person needs 7.5 hours of sleep, which is 5 cycles/day. So, to feel well rested, you need to complete each sleep cycle, which is why going to bed early enough will help you get the required amount of sleep.
- Put on some good music
In place of the noisy TV and radio shows or news, turn on some good, soothing music. According to research, music therapy helps to relieve stress, keeping depression and anxiety at bay. Also, listening to good music in the morning will create positive energy around you and also help you stay calm and peaceful all day long.
Note: You can turn on the music while exercising or meditating, but make sure whatever music you are listening to is a good one.
Even if it’s for one minute only, please take time out to clear your mind. It doesn’t have to be long or strict, as long as it is effective. Meditation promotes emotional health by helping you focus more on yourself (self-awareness), kicks off stress and anxiety, lengthens your attention span, and even helps you fight addiction.
Whether you chose to do yoga or any other exercise; your goal should be to focus on mindfulness. As defined by Wikipedia, Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique–such as mindfulness or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity–to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, and stable state.
The keywords here are; Mindfulness and attention.
- Exercise well
Although we all have different work schedules, while some of us work from home, enjoying a bit of flexibility, others have to hit the road as early as possible to make it to the office in good time. But whichever category you belong to, try to include a little of exercise in your morning routines. As little as 20 sit-ups and push-ups or a 30-minute walk down your street counts. The most important thing is to be consistent with it.
Exercising in the morning helps to rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day, which is why it is important to start your day with one or two routines.
- Relax in the shower
More often than not, we are always in a rush to do nearly everything. We are in a hurry to get out of bed, take a shower, take breakfast, drive off to the office and drive back home, and the cycle continues on and on. But hold on a minute! Have you ever asked yourself why in the world you rush to do everything? Is it even worth it?
Do you know you can actually use your shower time to practice mindfulness? Take your time in the bathroom to relax and get in the right frame of mind. Give the warm water a chance to loosen your muscles and enjoy the feel against your skin.
Here’s a trick, when you get caught up in some worrisome activities during the course of the day, quietly flash your mind back to the warm bath you had in the morning and you’d be surprised at how relaxing that will help you feel, and you can approach the challenge from a more relaxed state.
- Get a healthy breakfast
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” We’ve all heard this at one point or another other, but do we care enough to practice it?
You see, taking a healthy breakfast helps kick-start your metabolism and also prevents you from feasting on unhealthy meals during the day.
A healthy meal in the morning can balance your blood sugar levels and give you the sustenance you need to handle physical and mental stress.
- Set your goals for the day
Without a list of goals or activities that you aim to achieve by the end of the day, you’ll end up achieving nothing and feel like you’ve wasted the entire day, which might not leave you in the best of moods. However, listing out a set of goals you want to achieve will ensure that your day is spent largely meeting your priorities and not the priorities of others alone.
- Set your mind on positive things
Start your day by filling your mind with inspirational things that make you feel motivated to change the world, one step at a time. For instance, you can read a chapter from a book or an interesting blog post or listen to a podcast or even watch an inspiring YouTube video. The most important thing is to consume the right content.
- Give thanks
Starting your day with gratitude will give you the right attitude all day long. Give thanks for those everyday things that are easy to take for granted or miss altogether. A little gratitude can make a big difference in your whole mindset and overall outlook.
- Start your workday with the important task
Don’t save your priorities for last, instead start with them.
Most times the most important things are often the hardest things to do, so we procrastinate. Eventually, we push and put pressure on ourselves to complete the task towards the end of the day. This can make us feel stressed at the end of the day. So, instead of procrastinating, tell yourself you are going to start by working on that task for 30 minutes only. Once you are able to do this, you’ll find out that you don’t want to drop it until you are done working on it. When the big task is over, then you can take the rest of the day easy on yourself.
It is important to start your day in the right way so that you don’t end up feeling stressed out or frustrated by the end of the day.