Make the most out of your every day with these healthy morning routines.
In this Article:
- Prepare for the Night Before
- Drink Plenty of Water in the Morning
- Practice Meditation and Gratitude
- Stretch and Keep Moving
- Review Your to-do-List
- Nourish Your Body
- Create a Morning Playlist
The Beginning of a Healthy Morning Routine
Waking up in the morning may not be the highlight of the day for most people. Your alarm buzzes, and after hitting the snooze button two to three times, a series of responsibilities, appointments, and meetings come after. This can be overwhelming– however, this can also be something that can be turned around and build something healthy into.
Whether you are off to work or school, your morning routine may define your day’s whole course. The following are some of the small changes that you can do to achieve a healthy morning routine. These do not necessarily have to be done all at once- that’s just unrealistic. You can start by making one little change at a time to improve your day, and with enough time and repetition, these healthy habits may come naturally to you.
7 Simple Steps to Start your Day Off Right
Prepare for the Next Day the Night Before
Your nighttime routine may greatly define the next day. Here are some things that you can prepare the night before so you can save time and wake up fresh the next morning:
- Prepare your clothes the night before, so avoid changing in and out of clothes in the morning. This can help you save a lot of time and energy in the morning.
- Create Your Meal Plan. The morning rush makes us munch on anything that is readily and instantly available. Creating your meal plan can help you make healthier choices and encourage you to be more conscious of what you take into your body.
- Write down what you want to accomplish the next day. This process can help you evaluate your productivity at the end of the day while also helping you mentally organize your agenda the next day.
- Have enough and good quality sleep. Sleep is a significant factor that may determine your physical and mental state. For most adults, the recommended amount of sleep is from seven to nine hours. Sleep deprivation leads to trouble in concentration and slows down reaction time.
Drink Plenty of Water in the Morning
Our brain is made up of roughly 70% water. Drinking enough fluids after eight hours of slumber is helpful to maintain our brain functions and rehydrate our body. Dehydration may cause focus issues and brain fog.
For added benefits, you may try adding lemon to your water. This can be a good source of vitamin c, known to boost the immune system, form collagen, and help maintain bones, cartilage, and teeth. Spice it up by adding freshly chopped ginger, mint, or honey. Hydration can be so flavorful!
Practice Meditation and Gratitude
Meditation is a powerful tool that involves training the mind to achieve long-lasting mental clarity, balance, and mindfulness. It has been proven to be an effective way to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and promote overall well-being. Meditating for as brief as 15 minutes may improve emotional processing aspects and can help you become more focused and peaceful.
You may also want to take this moment to verbalize gratitude. Start by stating three things you are thankful for, big or small. Expressing gratitude has shown mental benefits such as improved mood, positivity in life, and increased overall happiness.
Stretch and Keep Moving
Give your body 5-10 minutes of stretch time to rev up the muscles and get you moving through the day. This is particularly helpful if you workout in the morning. Stretching can reduce the risk of injuries and muscle soreness.
If you have been wanting to incorporate exercise into your healthy morning routine but don’t have enough time, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a perfect and effective workout for you. If you are up for it, a 10-minute HIIT workout may help you burn calories in a short period of time.
Review Your to-do-List
Having a quick run-through of your plan for the day can give you clear expectations about the day’s course. This may also help you manage your time and resources more. Just make sure that your tasks are not overwhelming and are achievable.
Nourish Your Body
If you are a breakfast person, you know too well how skipping this meal may lead to mood swings during the day, headache, inability to concentrate, and overeating later on. Step up your game by choosing your foods carefully. Plan your meal the night before, and don’t forget to include nutritious food to keep you going throughout the day.
Create a Morning Playlist
Make a playlist of your favorite songs, especially those that make you feel confident and positive. Music can influence the way we perceive the world. A study has found that listening to feel-good music may lead to a more positive mood. Besides, this may be the one you’ll most likely enjoy. You can also organize your morning playlist in a way that fits your whole morning duration so you can use it while working out or taking a shower.
These morning routines are a great way to kick off a healthy lifestyle.
When you feel like you are losing track, just remember your motivation for having a healthy morning routine. There are 365 days in a year– let’s make each morning count!
What does your morning routine look like? Which habit would you most likely incorporate in your mornings? Let us know in the comments section!