Okay, a show of hands – how many of you think that the morning is your busiest time of day? If you have kids, you know that it’s absolutely true, especially during the school year. Trying to get everybody awake, fed, and out the door with everything they need for the day can be stressful.
It can still be a pretty hectic time even if you don’t have kids. There always seems to be something that can put a snag into your plans. Maybe it’s forgetting you had an early meeting or unexpected traffic that makes you almost late for work. Regardless of why your morning might be crazy, it is also true that how your morning goes can set the tone for the rest of your day.
We’ve all been there – a busy morning can make you feel like you’re constantly trying to catch up for the rest of the day. And often you feel exhausted by the end of the day. Maybe you have the time for a big morning routine that gets you started on the right foot, and that’s great!
On the other hand, you may have limited time due to the sheer number of things you have to get done in the morning – and who wants to get up at 4:00 am just to finish it all in a timely fashion?
Or maybe you just like hitting that snooze button a few extra times. No matter what the reason, here are three things you can do to start the day off right.
How many times have you woken up and immediately started thinking about everything you need to get done in the day? Or, conversely, you wake up and think about how tired you are because you didn’t sleep well. Your mindset is the biggest indicator of how your day can go. Fortunately, you can take control and guide your thoughts to better results,
Before you get out of bed. While you’re brushing your teeth. Even while you’re pouring cereal. All of these moments require zero active brain power. So, use the time wisely. Take a few cleansing breaths (in through the nose, out slowly through the mouth) while you complete mundane tasks, focusing on the breathing itself.
If you can, turn your thoughts inward while you practice deep breathing. Don’t think about the tasks as a “to-do list.” Rather, think positively about what you can do to keep yourself on firm footing throughout the day.
Most of us need that jolt of coffee or tea in the morning. And yes, both of those have water in them. But neither of them truly helps in hydrating our bodies for the day to come. Even mild dehydration can cause fuzzy thinking, weakness, and an overall feeling of the blahs.
Drink at least eight ounces of water when you first get up, even before that caffeine hit. You don’t have to slam the water either. Consider finding a water bottle that encourages you to drink. Ones with a strap that you can put around your wrist will allow you to sip occasionally throughout your morning routine.
Yeah, I know – this one seems a little bit out of left field. But hear me out. Most of us have stayed in a hotel room at least once in our lives, right? When you go on vacation, and you’ve been out sightseeing or at the beach with the kids all day, what’s one of your favorite parts of coming back to the room?
The clean, pristine room, with the beautifully made bed! There’s something calming about seeing a neatly made bed, even if the rest of the room is in chaos. And, fast-forwarding to the nighttime, there’s nothing more relaxing than finally getting to crawl in between those nicely flattened sheets.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have maids at home to do this for us. By making your bed first thing in the morning, you give yourself a little bit of time to take control of something before the other stuff gets in the way.
You get to accomplish something simple right off the bat and check off a “win” before your day really starts. And you prepare yourself for something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Best of all, making your bed is a mundane task that can allow you to complete the first two things I mentioned at the same time. And it takes, what, all of about five minutes? So, do yourself a favor and try these three things when you first wake up/get up in the morning: breathe deep, hydrate, and make your bed. I think you’ll find that you’ll actually be giving yourself more time and a better mindset to approach the rest of your day.
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