Wouldn’t it be great if you could start every morning feeling happy, healthy and ready to spring into action for a productive day? Well you can! Just follow these 10 tips to help you develop a healthy morning routine!
1. Wake up early
My first tip is to wake up early, around 6.30-8am is best. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “the early bird catches the worm” – well it’s true! Getting an early start not only allows you to fit more into your day, but you’ll also find yourself being way more productive!
If you have difficulty getting up in the mornings, try putting your phone on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Only set yourself one alarm, don’t hit snooze and don’t get back into bed! Walk straight to the bathroom and splash some water on your face to wake yourself up!
There’s also a bunch of cool apps you can use, if you still struggle with getting up when your alarm goes off. One of my favourites is ‘Barcode Alarm Clock’ which forces you to get out of bed and go to your bathroom because you have to scan the barcode of an object, like your toothpaste, before the alarm stops ringing! I also love ‘I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock’ which doesn’t stop the alarm from ringing until you’ve completed a puzzle. You’ll definitely be wide awake by the time the alarm stops!
2. Stay off your phone
My second tip is to stay off your phone in the mornings. I don’t know about you, but whenever I check my social media accounts on my phone, I’ll still be scrolling endlessly through the newsfeed an hour later!
Prevent yourself from falling into this trap by leaving your phone in another room and crack on with the rest of your morning routine right away. You’ll have plenty of time to check your social media later!
3. Make the bed
It’s amazing how something so simple, such as making your bed, can really change your outlook on the day. A freshly made bed not only makes your room look tidier, but it also helps you feel clearer and more productive. Plus it reduces the temptation to hop straight back into bed with your breakfast!
This might be kinda TMI but have you ever noticed how your pee is always the most yellow in the mornings? That’s because you’re dehydrated! You haven’t had anything to drink for 8 hours while you’ve been asleep. The best thing you can do for your body in the morning is have a nice big glass of water!
Tip: Skip the coffee! Caffeine will only dehydrate you further. If you don’t like plain water, opt for lemon water or a herbal tea instead!
5. Have a nutritious breakfast
Next it’s time to break the fast – yes that’s what breakfast means! You’ve been fasting all night while you’ve been asleep, so it’s important to kickstart your body into action with a nice nutritious meal. My favourite breakfast is a bowl of porridge (or oatmeal if you’re not british) topped with banana. It’s warm, tasty and keeps you full all morning!
Skipping breakfast will only slow down your metabolism and make you more hungry for the rest of the day. Plus, how are you supposed to function at your optimum if you’re not giving your body the fuel it needs?
6. Shower and get dressed
Even if you don’t have anywhere to be, I still recommend you have a shower and get dressed. As cozy as it is sitting around in your PJ’s with your hair in a messy bun, it’s stopping you from being productive. This is because you’re telling yourself you’re still in relax mode, not “get things done” mode! So freshen yourself up and get ready for the day, you’ll feel loads better and ready to spring into action!
7. Go for a walk
This is a tip I would always hear, but never really made an effort to do. It’s only been the last few weeks that I’ve actually started going for a walk every morning, and I have to say it’s amazing! It’s great to start the morning with some fresh air and a clear head. Plus it’s nice to get out the house early and see all the runners, cyclists and dog walkers out and about too. Everyone’s just so cheerful in the morning!
I’ve even been listening to audiobooks on my phone whilst I walk. I use audible to do this and I love it! I never really have time to read throughout the day, so when I listen to audiobooks on my walk I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone (not that I kill birds, I’m vegan!).
If you’re the kinda person that likes the idea of meditating but finds it too hard to stay focused (me), try meditating first thing in the morning. Nothing too eventful has happened when you first wake up, so your mind isn’t filled with thoughts from the day going around in your head and causing you to lose focus!
Start practising meditation and stillness every morning and you’ll really start to notice a difference. Consider it as time to yourself to just relax for a few minutes before the stress of the day hits you.
I love using guided meditation, my current favourite is the app headspace. Give it a try and you’ll be feeling calmer and more positive before you know it!
9. Set an intention for the day
Instead of getting bogged down with a massive to do list, just set one goal or intention for the day.
Is there anything in particular you want to achieve? This could be anything from wanting to finish the fourth chapter of your book to giving out a random act of kindness. I find this trick really helps to focus the mind on one specific goal so you’re much more likely to achieve it!
10. Get a positive mindset
It’s great to start your day with a positive mindset. The easiest way to do this is to think of three things you’re thankful for. I’m sure there’s plenty of things in your life that you’re really grateful for, but you never really stop and take the time to appreciate them. It’s easy to get carried away with constantly wanting to improve ourselves, we can often overlook the good things in our lives!
Whilst you’re at it you can also say three affirmations out loud. If you make this into a daily habit it can drastically improve your self-confidence and overall happiness, which in turn helps attract more good into your life! It’s a win win!
I’ve created an infographic that summarises everything in this post, so you can Pin it to your Pinterest boards and refer back to it later!