I find an effective morning routine is really important to getting the day off to a good start. I know having a good morning routine really sets me up for a good day and does so many wonders for my mental wellbeing. It also helps me to gain focus, motivation, clarity and a positive mental attitude. If you’re looking to work on your mindset then creating an effective morning routine will help with this
I know how hard it can be to fit everything in, especially when you have young children. It’s helpful if you have the support of family or if, like me, you naturally wake up early and often before the rest of the family gives you the time to put this in place. Having an effective morning routine doesn’t involve getting up hours and hours earlier either. You can prepare an effective morning in just fifteen minutes. What’s important is to just spend a bit of time by yourself and dedicating those moments to setting you up for the day.
- Don’t check any notifications on your phone, computer or tablet. Leave social media alone. You don’t need to focus on that right now, any updates will be there after you’ve properly woken up and set yourself up for the day. It can be really hard but sometimes we are just pounded with negativity and that can really hinder your day.
- Drink 1 or 2 pints of water. If you can squeeze a bit of lemon in this even better. Water will wake you up, refresh your body and start detoxing your body for the day. I always go straight to the kitchen and drink water before doing anything else to hydrate my body.
- Meditate or Visualise. Take a few moments, perhaps listening to guided meditation or visualising how you want your day to go.
- Say your affirmations. I get my daughter involved in this and we chant a few together each morning and it really gives us both a happy, positive buzz. Our favourites are “We Have Health, Wealth and Happiness” and “We Are Kind and Honest Ladies”
- Take some time to read something or listen to a self development audio book. If you’re listening you can obviously do this whilst you’re writing your to do list or putting on your face. You can also take the time to read two or three pages of a business book. Get some knowledge in you for the day.
- Write a to do list for the day. You can do this whilst you’re having your water or waiting for the kettle to boil. This will help with your productivity and taking action for the day. It doesn’t have to be a lot either, in fact, just having a short to do list but being able to complete it will make you feel really accomplished and continues that positive mental attitude.
- Work Out. This doesn’t have to be crazy, this could be a morning 5 minute Yoga Flow, a quick HIIT routine or hitting the gym or pool if that’s your thing. It feels so good to work out in the morning and it really helps to set me up for the day. It also means once it’s done I don’t need to worry about fitting it in later.
I hope these tips have helped you consider how you could fit in an effective morning routine into your day.
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