It’s September, and that means it’s back to work and back to school season. In my home it’s both since Brad is a teacher. We are settling back into normal schedules and establishing our regular daily routines. I am not a morning person whatsoever, so finding the motivation to climb out of bed and get my day going can be a real struggle. After experimenting with some different strategies, I have come up with these eight best ways to start your day.
1. Don’t Hit Snooze on Your Alarm
In the moment it feels like a few additional minutes of sleep will help you feel more rested, but it’s actually worse. When you wake up and then fall back asleep your sleep cycle starts over again meaning you will most likely wake in a deeper part of the cycle making you feel even more groggy. Hitting snooze over and over is also confusing to your body and your brain about whether it should start firing up or shut back down.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness are known for soothing nerves, decreasing stress levels, and alleviating feelings of anxiety. Starting your morning with mindful breathing or a meditation session will bring a sense of clarity and calm to the rest of your day.
3. Drink Water
After sleeping for the last 7-9 hours (hopefully), your body is dehydrated. Start your morning with a glass of water before consuming anything else. Add some lemon to that water for a natural body flush that may help with digestion and clear skin.
4. Eat Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating in the morning replenishes blood sugar levels after the night of fasting and gets your metabolism going. Without breakfast you will likely feel sluggish and low-energy. Studies have also linked breakfast with better memory and concentration, lower cholesterol, and a lower chance of diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.
5. Move Your Body
Get active in the morning before you lose energy, time, or motivation. It’s also less likely for other obligations to come up first thing in the morning which means you will skip less days. After working out when those endorphins are kicking in, you’ll feel more happy and empowered for the rest of your day. Even simple morning stretching can provide a lot of benefits.
6. Get in the Right Mindset
There are so many different ways to connect with yourself. You could take this time to write in a journal, speak affirmations to yourself, set your intentions for the day, or power pose to get in touch with your feelings and build confidence. Take some time alone to work on a hobby, interest, or creative endeavor to get those juices flowing.
7. Make a To Do List
Think about your coming day and week. Look at your calendar if you have one. Now decide what are the most important things for you to do today. Only choose 3 things. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by a list as long as your arm, you can focus on only what you have prioritized and actually achieve it.
8. Start Fresh
Remember that every day is a new beginning. Leave the conflicts, mistakes, or bad feelings from the past in the past, and begin again with fresh eyes and a positive outlook.
Don’t feel overwhelmed trying to cram all of these eight best ways to start your day into each and every morning. A frantic, complicated morning is no way to start the day. Pick a couple and try them out. Which ones give you energy and make you feel like you will conquer the day?
Stick with those methods that work best for you. After a while (21 days apparently) it will become a habit, just part of your regular routine.
What have you found to be the best ways to start your day?