Today I would like to share with you some of the ideas of things you can include in your morning routine. As we all know, starting the day in the right way does improve the entire day. And although I made a similar post recently, this time I will focus more on so-called ‘me time’. I feel that I tend to forget about my wellbeing. In an everyday rush, it is very easy to jump into all these tasks waiting for each of us. Sometimes we are so busy, that we can’t even notice problems starting in our heads. In extreme cases, there might be depression. But also some mild cases, where people start losing interest in caring for themselves, seeing people, or even going out at all. All that doesn’t have to be a depression, but it could, so if you experience any of them for a prolonged time, make sure to discuss it with a professional who can help you. I will share with you things that make me feel better if include them in my morning routine (please note that I am not a specialist, so I am not able to tell you what to do if you experience these symptoms for the prolonged time (if they happen sporadically, they are most likely normal), but hopefully options I will present to you might prevent them from occurring.
Without further I production, let’s move to the morning routine habits that help me feel better during the day
Delay using your phone as long as you can
It is not a secret, that many of us grab their phones as a first thing in the morning. I think that many of us would agree that mindless scrolling through social media and checking emails is very often the first thing we do in the morning (after snoozing our alarms thousands time).
Unfortunately, it is one of the worse habits we could have. We had no time to wake up properly and our brain is already bombarded with so many information. We might come across an email requiring us to do something and during the morning routine, our brain will analyse the way to get it sorted. There will not be a while to relax and spend some quality time with ourselves.
Drink at least a glass of water as soon as you wake up
We all know that after a long time asleep, our body gets dehydrated. We haven’t provided any water for hopefully eight hours and ‘restocking’ it might be a perfect idea. Are you a big fan of morning coffee? Don’t worry! You can have it too. Just make sure that you drink some water first.
I am not a big fan of the taste of water (yes water has a taste 😉) but adding some fruits to it helps a lot and make it a thing that I look forward to drinking.
Have a nutritious breakfast
I used to be ‘no breakfast’ person for most of my adult life. It made me feel sluggish for the beginning of the day, but I haven’t associated it with my eating habit. Since I’ve taken an effort to make and eat my breakfast, I feel much more energised for the entire day. What I also noticed, even if I don’t feel hungry but take this first bite any way (or sometimes just smell of my food get into my nose), I am realising that I am hungry.
Have a workout
You don’t have to get ready to go to the gym or run a marathon. But having just a bit of stretching in the morning, or a bit of jogging will load you with a lot of energy for the day. I always thought that it would make me tired for the entire day so I tended to push it till late afternoon. It works quite opposite, though. Just a bit of exercise charges your battery for all the tasks that are waiting for you throughout the day.
Make or revise your plan
There are three types of people in the world if we talk about planning. The first group has no plan or no written plan. Rest could be divided into those who plan in the evening or those who plan in the morning. No matter which group do you belong, it is wise to at least have a look at your plan, before you’ll start checking off the boxes. It will just refresh your memory (this is why you made a plan in the first place). But if you plan in the evening, you might realise that some task cannot be done today or maybe you would put them in a different order. Remember, that in the morning our brain is fresh and it is easier to focus and see some connections, which our tired self cannot see.
These are all five habits, that I think might help you to have a less stressful day. You could also include a prayer or meditation, but as it depends on what do you believe in, might differ. A great thing to consider is to spend some time with your family or roommates, but especially at the moment, for someone who lives alone, it might be impossible.
I hope that they’ll help you in any way. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.