This post today is about how to make the most out of your morning. Since I started doing these things every morning, I feel like a new person; I’m not nearly as stressed and I actually look forward to getting up every day. I wake up around 6:30 every morning, and that usually gives me plenty of time to do these things before 8:00 AM. My work schedule is kind of weird, so some days I have to be there earlier than others, but I still like to stick to a schedule when it comes to my sleeping and morning routine. I feel much better when I am being consistent!
1. Drink a glass of cold water
The absolute first thing I do every morning (well, after I pee) is drink a cold glass of water. It helps to make me feel more awake and alert, and it erases that last bit of sleepiness I feel behind my eyes. It’s also just really refreshing.
After my delicious glass of water, I’ll usually go back upstairs to my office and meditate for about 5 to 10 minutes. I do this mostly just to clear my head and set my goal for the day. I always want to start off my days fresh, with a positive mindset, so I think meditating is a good way to ensure there is no bad leftover energy from the night before. After meditating, I’ll take another 5 minutes and visualize how I want my day to go; this just helps to set in motion a plan and helps motivate me.
After meditating I’ll head over to my journal and write down 5 things I’m grateful for. They can be anything! Your dog, your hair, the sun, your mom, your house, anything! I love doing this because it makes me realize I have so much to be grateful for. It sets a positive tone for the rest of the day and makes anything bad that happens a bit less bad.
After I journal I’ll take a shower. Showering helps to wake me up and get in the groove for whatever I have planned that day.
Usually right out of the shower, still wrapped in a towel, I’ll do my affirmations in the mirror. I’m not sure why, but it feels more meaningful if I don’t have my makeup on yet. Some examples of affirmations are “I am beautiful”, “I am talented and intelligent”, “I am in control”, “I am worthy”. It felt really awkward to do this at first, but now it feels weird if I don’t do it. This is probably the most important part in my morning routine; it helped me to rewire my brain and completely helped boost my confidence. I still have bad days, but not nearly as often as before I started doing this.
6. Get ready
After my affirmations, I get ready. I put on my clothes (that I set out the night before) and do my hair and makeup. I try not to spend too much time doing this, but I don’t rush it either. I want to feel good about myself for the day otherwise I won’t be as confident, so taking a minute on my appearance is worth it.
You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I usually aim for a well-rounded breakfast, so I feel satisfied for at least a few hours. I want to feel good about the food I put into my body, so I try my best to at least start my day with a healthy meal. An example of a common breakfast for me is a bowl of cream of wheat, 2 scrambled eggs, and some type of fruit (usually grapes or a nectarine). This will usually hold me over until lunch without me getting too hungry, and I feel good about what I’ve eaten.
8. Short walk (outdoors)
Last but not least, if I have time, I like to do a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood. I enjoy the fresh air and it helps my food digest better. I’ll usually take my dog with me, and it helps to add some more positivity to the day by seeing her excitement and by getting some sun.
Alright guys, there you have it! A morning routine to look forward to. My entire way of thinking has completely shifted since I started doing these things every morning; I feel like a new person! I hope they help you as well!
Let me know in the comments below if you do any of these things, and if they’ve helped you too! Be sure to subscribe if you want to see more content like this in the future! Have a great day!
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