8 Morning Habits Worth Developing
Ideas for Your Morning Routine by #productiveandfree
Get Up Earlier!
Take it from fellow early risers such as Benjamin Franklin, Richard Branson, Tim Cook, Howard Schultz, and other successful leaders. They tend to get more things done while others are still dreaming.
Waking up earlier gives you a no-distractions opportunity to exercise, meditate, read, write, eat a healthy breakfast, clean up around the home, get kids ready for school, and basically get a head start on your day.
If that’s not convincing enough, do the math: one hour every day is the equivalent of 15 days a year. That’s a little more than two whole weeks of “extra” time!
After several hours of sleeping, our bodies need to rehydrate and flush out toxins. Drinking a glass of water immediately upon waking up will solve that and help jumpstart your system. Not to mention you’ll more likely get out of bed right after instead of hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep.
Write things down
Whether it’s journaling or simply listing your day’s tasks, writing helps you capture your thoughts, process your emotions, and focus on your goals. If you keep a notebook, however, it can also encourage progress since you’ll have a record of your thoughts and actions which you can later evaluate.
Do you know what Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two of the richest and most intelligent people in the world, have in common? Among other things, they read.
The same way morning exercise gets your body moving, morning reading will get your brain working. It will stimulate your mind, expand your vocabulary, improve your memory, and develop your focus. Of course, you’ll learn more things, too.
Being mindful means having a heightened sense of awareness of our present thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
To remember that waking up in the morning also means waking up to a new day, you become open to encountering new opportunities to experience life, emotions, and the simple joys that make your days worthwhile.
Take note that meditation, while extremely effective in achieving this, is not the only way to practice mindfulness. You can also try eating slowly and with intention, paying attention to your senses or your body parts, or focusing on the positive side of circumstances.
Stretch or Exercise
Stretching or exercising in the morning has numerous benefits from lifting your mood (you can thank endorphins for that) to increasing your metabolism and getting an energy boost.
Did you know that exercise is also a keystone habit? This means it’s one of the few habits that create ripple effects on other areas of your life — improving discipline, increasing productivity, developing focus, gaining confidence, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. Breakfast, more importantly, a healthy breakfast, gives you the necessary nutrients and energy you need to function properly throughout the day.
Think of the consequences of skipping breakfast as well. You’re more likely to overeat for lunch, grab an unhealthy snack midday, or be cranky. Also, if your last meal was dinner, and your next meal would be lunch the next day, this will tell your body to store unnecessary calories.
This isn’t just a self-help trick; it’s backed by science. Expressing gratitude was found to improve psychological and mental health. It can enhance well-being, reduce aggression, develop empathy, and therefore, increase happiness.
If you can’t see yourself keeping a gratitude journal like Oprah Winfrey, try writing down five things you’re grateful for each morning.
Thank You, Tet, for such an inspirational post! #SWISSIMHReads