A routine can have a powerful positive impact on your life. It will give you more energy and allow you to get more things done. Keep in mind that it’s important to take small steps toward achieving your goals each day.
Here are some ideas for you to consider:
Workout in the morning
If you are like most people, you might think that exercise is a necessary evil. Something you know you should do for your health and your looks, but don’t always have time for.
Exercise is an incredible gift to yourself that keeps giving beyond the time spent sweating. It can make you feel happier, lower your stress, help you sleep better, improve your self-confidence and even give you more energy throughout the day. We know it sounds too good to be true, but try it and see! Here are some science-backed reasons why exercise will make you happier and healthier:
Exercise increases serotonin in the brain which makes us feel calmer and happier. It also releases endorphins which are the body’s natural painkillers and mood boosters. This relieves stress, improves sleep, and generally makes us feel happier.
Take time to enjoy some quiet time alone
Our favorite thing about mornings is the option to wake up before everyone else in your household and enjoy some very peaceful and quiet time alone. Who knows – maybe drinking a cup of coffee in the garden while watching sunrise will become your favorite part of the day.
Another way to make your morning routine more enjoyable is by listening to an audiobook (or two) while you prepare breakfast and plan your workday. If you’re someone who doesn’t like waking up early, we highly recommend trying this out. Audiobooks will make you look forward to those early hours and they’re a great way to get inspired during your day. Your mind will be relaxed enough to retain information better than if you tried to do it after work when it’s already tired from the day.
We all have heard of meditation and its benefits, but often we shy away from actually doing it. We love the idea of doing something for 10 minutes that will help us focus, be more at peace and make our day better.
Let’s look at the how first. There are many ways to start meditating and there are no hardfast rules that you need to follow. Look at this as your own unique practice, find what works for you, and stick with it.
To get started:
1. Find a comfortable spot where you will not be interrupted.
2. Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes depending on how much time you can devote in the mornings.
3. Sit down or lie down on your back, whatever is most comfortable for you.
4. Close your eyes and feel your breath coming in and out slowly and deeply through your nose. Do not try to control the breathing just observe it happening on its own accord like waves in the ocean. Coming in and out slowly and gently touching the shoreline, one after another after another. Feel free to count your breaths to distract your mind from overthinking.
Eat a healthy breakfast with protein and vegetables
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s a good idea to make sure you eat well every morning. Rather than reaching for that sugary cereal or bagel, try eating some healthy breakfast foods instead.
Eating nutritious food at breakfast can help improve your health. A healthy breakfast also helps lower your risk of certain diseases later in life, such as heart disease and diabetes. Try to add more high-fiber foods to your diet, such as oatmeal or whole-grain bread. These foods help lower cholesterol levels, which is great for your heart health.
Eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. You could even make a smoothie or shake with low-fat milk and frozen fruit if you’re in a hurry in the morning. If you’re looking to find new delicious breakfast recipes you can prepare in advance, check out this post with our favorite recipes.
Write down three things you are grateful for
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often forget to take a moment and reflect on what we are grateful for. In this practice, we will remind you to check in with yourself each day, and remember three things that you are grateful for.
The first two items are easy, but the third can be a real brain stretcher. At first. The third thing is a great opportunity to really think about the day and recognize something that could be easily overlooked in our busy lives.
It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, just write it down.