Mornings really set the tone for the day. Having a bad morning can throw off the rest of day, so I’ve made sure to develop some healthy morning habits to help me get going. If you’re struggling with your mornings, keep reading to check out these six healthy ways to start your day!
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Mornings have always been a struggle for me, and creating a routine has made all the difference. It allowed me to take my morning activities and turn them into habits.
One thing that made a big difference for my mornings was reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I listened to a podcast ages ago where Hal was interviewed and talked about the book and just finally got around to reading it, and absolutely loved it!
If you’re interested in improving your mornings (and really your entire day) by creating a morning ritual, then I seriously recommend you read The Miracle Morning!
I know I’m not alone here, but I’m definitely one of those people who is more inclined to either hit snooze several times in the morning, or set several alarms over a 30 or so minute period, allowing myself to fall back asleep between each one. It’s funny because I know very well that this isn’t a restful sleep, and I usually wake up more tired than I was before, but it’s a hard habit to break!
Rather than hitting the snooze button every morning several times, set your alarm for the time you actually need to get up, and then get up with your alarm. The one thing that finally allowed me to commit to this was, instead of using my phone alarm, I bought an alarm clock and put it on the other side of the room so I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Start on a Positive Note
For me, mornings really seem to set the tone for the day. So when I start the day off poorly, whether it be from waking up late, driving through bad traffic, or just plain waking up on the wrong side of the bed, chances are I’m going to carry that with me all day long. Because of that, I try to start my morning with something I know will put me in a good mood and help combat the early morning stressors. Right now for me, that means yoga, meditation, and some reading before I start getting ready for work.
In case you haven’t heard, drinking water is super important! I used to drink barely any water, but I found myself constantly feeling like I was dragging and just not at 100%. In the last few years, I’ve upped my water intake a ton, and I can definitely notice a difference in my body. Just going part of a day without water, and I can feel myself not feeling as great. One big glass of water is a great way to start your day!
Eat a Healthy, Filling Breakfast
I know a lot of people skip breakfast in the morning, whether it for lack of time or some other reason, but eating a healthy breakfast in the morning is super important! I tend to really drag in the morning if I haven’t eaten. I can also start to get crabby if I’m hungry in the morning (which I always do if I don’t eat), and nobody wants that. I like to switch up my breakfasts so I don’t get bored. Some of my favorites are whole grain waffles with peanut butter and berries, eggs and yogurt, or oatmeal.
I’m not exactly on top of things in the mornings. That means things like picking out an outfit, making a lunch, making a plan for the day, etc. are a lot more difficult in the AM. Because of that, I make sure to do things like that the night before. I also shower the night before so I don’t have to worry about that and drying my hair the next morning. That way I can myself ready for the day quickly, without having to put too much thought into anything first thing. It helps the morning go so much more smoothly!