by Journals to Freedom June 11, 2021 5 min read
Mornings can be hard. They are the beginning of another day, and it is easy to get bogged down with thoughts of all that needs to be done or what has gone wrong in the past.
Your early morning activities often set the tone for the rest of the day, so we want to make it as positive as possible!
Here are10 steps to start your morning right and have a better day.
Many people reach for their cell phone before anything else - even before they hug their partner, their kids or their dog.
This is a bad idea. Why does it matter? Checking your phone will send you down an Internet rabbit hole of checking email, social media and news notifications. Your mind will jump straight away to the stresses of your job, or some other distraction.
Try this instead: Don't turn on your cell phone until after breakfast - or if you don't tend to eat breakfast, until after you've greeted everyone, and got washed and dressed.
You've probably seen people recommend this a thousand times before, and there's a good reason for that. Exercise provides a huge range of benefits (stress relief, improved sleep quality and so on) but at the same time it's not difficult to fit into your morning routine.
What about meditation? Meditation is excellent for improving your focusing skills - not just while you're meditating, but on other tasks too.
It takes time and repetition to incorporate new, healthy habits, so try to commit to doing your exercise or meditation first thing every day to get your morning off to a great start.
Once you've stopped the habit of making your phone your first relationship of the day, you can focus more on the other relationships in your life. Try to be more 'present' with your family in the morning - ask them about their plans for the day, their goals, what they're looking forward to.
This period is often very short in many families, but it's an opportunity to connect with your loved ones in a way that isn't possible once you're deep into the day (or deep into social media on your phone!).
Even if you don't eat breakfast, but your kids do, use that time to be together as a family.
If you have a garden, pop out for a few minutes to snatch some moments of awe - spending time in nature has been shown to be very beneficial for your mental health.
Just a couple of minutes indulging your senses in nature will leave you feeling more refreshed, calm and ready to tackle the day's challenges! If it's raining, drink your coffee or water while looking out of the window at the garden - studies have shown that even just looking at a natural landscape can have a calming effect on your mood.
If you live in the city, there's always parks or even just trees on the sidewalk to stop and enjoy.
One way to make mornings easier is to make each day’s plan the night before. That includes getting things ready like a gym kit or the clothes you'll wear. It takes away the need to make extra decisions in the morning. If something has already been planned and laid out, it frees up your mental space to think creatively and work on other tasks. This printable Positive Morning Binder is the perfect tool to help you achieve this.
I've heard many people recommend eating breakfast in the morning, but this isn't necessarily right for everyone. If you're not hungry, why would you force your body to eat? Instead, make sure you have a glass of water and if possible a healthy nutritious drink like a smoothie or fruit juice.
If you take a packed lunch with you each day, can it be prepared the night before, so you don't have to do it in the morning?
Take advantage of the time spent travelling to work by learning something new, by reading or listening to something that will inspire and motivate you. There are so many websites that offer free podcasts or online courses.
You could kick start the day with a personal development podcast, or a new language course, or a new book.
I like to use the app Audible, it's perfect for listening to books while driving or travelling on public transport.
If you made a plan the night before, you already know what your tasks are for the day. Start with the most important task first, so you know your first priority is completed before the day starts to get busy.
Covering your most important tasks early can help you feel more accomplished and motivated for the rest of the day.
Keeping a gratitude journal has been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce stress levels.
It's important to take a few minutes in the morning to reflect on what you are grateful for, before you start your day. This will help put your mind into a more positive space. You'll be amazed how it can change your focus into going through the day looking for positive things to be grateful for, rather than complaining about things that annoy you!
If you get up to a pile of clothes on the floor or dishes in the sink, it can be really hard to get into a positive mindset.
Get into the habit of tackling the mess every night before you go to bed, to create a peaceful and organized atmosphere for the morning.
That way, when morning comes around, there's no sense of stress at having to clean up. A clean and tidy house makes for a calmer, more relaxed mind!
With a little planning and foresight, your mornings can go from feeling like drudgery to being the highlight of your day. We looked at 10 simple things you can do every morning that will make it better, not just for you, but for everyone around you too.
I'd love to hear what works best for you!
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