8 Morning Habits That Can Improve Your Whole Day
by Catherine Santino
Mornings can be hard! Even if you're the envy of all night owls and one of those people who actually enjoys getting up early, it can be a challenge to organize your time in a way that sets you up for success. You may be too busy to plan ahead or take the time to eat a wholesome breakfast — simple things that can make a world of difference throughout the day.
By adopting just a few quick and easy morning habits, you can reduce stress levels and boost productivity in your everyday life. Try out these eight tips this week and see just how much better you feel!
1. Wake Up (Just a Little Bit) Earlier
You don't need to wake up at 5 a.m. to get a jumpstart on the day! Try setting your alarm just five or 10 minutes earlier than you normally do. This way, you can give yourself some extra time to make a coffee or catch up on the news.
2. Drink Water
By the time you wake up in the morning, your body has already gone several hours without water. Making this high time to hydrate! You can boost your hydration and energy levels by drinking a big glass of water right when you wake up. Try adding some lemon (or a dash of apple cider vinegar) for more flavor.
3. Eat Breakfast
We've all heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And it's true. Starting your morning off with a nutritious meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. Not only can a balanced breakfast energize you, it'll encourage you to continue making healthy choices. Even something quick — like a cup of Greek yogurt or a piece of toast with almond butter — can be the perfect way to start a day of healthy eating.
4. Get Moving
This doesn't have to mean going for a five-mile run or putting in an hour at the gym every morning. Even doing some stretches when you first leave the comfort of your cozy bed can get your blood flowing and help you wake up faster.
5. Tidy Your Space
The last thing you need after a long day at work is a mess waiting for you. Quick and easy morning habits like making your bed and rinsing the breakfast dishes can make your evening a whole lot more relaxing. When you come home at the end of the day, you'll have that much less on your mind.
Simply taking five minutes in the morning to breathe deeply and clear your head can put you in the right mindset to start your day. Try meditating on your own, or consider using a guided meditation app like Headspace to get you started.
7. Listen to Music
Throwing on your favorite playlist while you shower or listening to a podcast while you get ready is a great way to stimulate your mind and motivate you. Plus, all that dancing can activate your muscles and get them warmed up for the day ahead.
8. Make a Plan
You don't need to have every minute scheduled, but sketching out a rough idea of what your day looks like — and what you need to achieve — can help you stay on track. Make a list of goals for the day (even small ones count), plan out meal times, schedule a gym session and make sure to take some time for yourself somewhere in between.
Now, you're ready to take on the day. Get after it and have some fun!