The most important hour of your day is the hour after you wake up. It sets the tone for the day and when you’re working any kind of job, it is VITAL to make sure you are starting the day right so you feel good for the rest of the day. It can be very easy to not see the importance of a good morning routine and just skip through the bare minimum so you are looking and feeling mediocre but not GREAT–the way you should be feeling. While I am in no way saying this will be easy, but just trust me. Some days it will be hard to muster up any kind of energy to get out of bed on time let alone setting up a great routine in place. You will thank me later when you have a solid routine in place. So when you are leaving the house, you have a uplifted positive spirit, not a horrid ugggghhh mood. In no particular order, let’s get started!
Breakfast: V important
Listen, if you get nothing else from this post, please at least consider this. Breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day. It gives you that natural boost of energy that prepares you for everything that the day has to offer. Personally, I’m basically still asleep when I shower and throw on clothes in the morning. Literally, it’s not until I’ve eaten my daily bowl of nutritious porridge that I am aware of everything that needs to be done. Ever since I gave up coffee at the beginning of the year, having that natural, filling breakfast half an hour after waking up has gained a whole new type of importance, which is fueling my body until lunchtime. I honestly cannot emphasize enough how it should be the first, most important thing you need to start your day right.
Even if you are one of those people who usually doesn’t eat breakfast at the start of the day, try it out for at least two weeks and you will see a stark difference with how much your energy lasts and how much better you feel just by making that small change to your routine
Now that you are considering including breakfast into your regime, it’s now time to be aware. As mentioned, I am basically asleep until breakfast. Something that helps me start the day right with no distractions or annoyances is staying far away from my phone in that hour after I get up. I used to make it a habit of getting up first thing in the morning and going on Twitter. Not only was I bombarding myself with trivial pictures and randomness when my eyes were halfway open, but I was also wasn’t showing gratitude to the new day. I wasn’t thinking about how the day was going to go or what I needed to do. I was filling my brain with things that could have waited rather than thinking about things that would have been more useful to the success of my day.
Generally, every moment wasted is a moment that you will never get back. Challenge yourself to put down your phone and focus on what is in front of you. There is so much to look forward to so make it matter.
While I usually don’t have in the mornings to meditate (I usually do it at night), the benefits of doing it before you start your day are astounding. Meditation can really help to clear your mind of old thoughts, build new perspectives, categorize your thoughts and get you rearing to go! When I’ve had a chance to meditate in the morning, immediately after, I feel energized and excited to start my day. It gives you an immediate energy boost; not one that you may feel the need to crash but a natural high that anyone can benefit from.
Last but definitely not least, “beautifying” yourself will make you feel really good! I used to underestimate the importance of looking refreshed when you leave your house, but it is actually very important. It gives off a “I’m ready for whatever the world has to offer” kind of vibe. It makes you feel stronger mentally and prepared to slay your day. While you shouldn’t make the process of beautifying yourself the biggest part of your routine, it’s more of a mental boost so that when you do leave your house you are awake looking fresh and ready to face the world!