Early Morning Habits You Need To Have
If you’re not a morning person, join the club with the rest of us who would rather stay snuggled for as long as possible rather than rise with the sun. If you are, keep up the good work, because getting a head start on your day and starting your day feeling energized and prepared to take on the world will set you up for success. On average it takes 2 months for something to become a habit, so it’s time to get started.
Wake Up Early
To even get started with these habits, you need to first be awake nice and early. So set your alarm for about an hour earlier than you normally would, and avoid hitting snooze at all costs.
- You will immediately feel proud of yourself for taking the first step, especially when we all know how tempting that snooze button is.
- You will feel a sense of calm knowing you have plenty of time to get ready and organized before you leave for the day, rather than running around chaotically trying to get dressed to not be late for work.
Make Your Bed
One of the simplest tasks we all seem to sometimes overlook.
- Accomplishing something right away in the morning will give you a sense of pride, and motivate you to keep with that trend in your tasks all day long.
- When you are late and rushing to get ready, everything around you is chaotic and messy, including your bed, which you will later come home to. Having the extra time in the morning to tidy up and make your bed, will result in you coming home to a tidy environment.
You don’t need to go to a full body intense spin class, but doing something as simple as stretching will help to wake up your mind and body. Your body has been asleep for 7+ hours, so loosening up your muscles first thing in the morning will help you to feel great.
- Working out first thing in the morning is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost your mood and energy levels. Exercise is known to increase your production of endorphins which essentially boost your mood. Getting this going early will make you feel a lot more prepared and excited to take on the day, rather than feeling tired and lazy.
No, not a banana or granola bar that you are going to quickly eat while driving to work, an actual breakfast.
- How many movies have you watched where the husband or children run down the stairs, to a beautiful spread on the table, only to grab just a muffin and hurry out the door. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and it is important that you take the time to not only eat something filling but give it time to digest as well.
- It is a great feeling to know you have the time to make yourself a nice cup of coffee and eggs in the morning without feeling like you don’t have enough time.
- It will boost your metabolism, giving you lots of energy and keeping you full longer throughout the day.
Make Use of the Extra Hour
Getting up an hour earlier than you normally would allow you to get things done that you usually would put off until later in the day, so use that time wisely.
- If there is a task you know needs to get done at some point in the day, why not do it then and there, rather than dreading doing it at the end of the day. If you are able to get something done like laundry, or emptying and reloading the dishwasher now, rather than having to when you’re tired after work, do it.
- If that task didn’t take as long as expected, sit down with your tea or coffee and take a little bit of time to just breathe and relax, and prepare yourself for the day. No amount of self-reflection and meditation is too little, and it will truly help put you in a positive state of mind.