04 Nov HOW TO: POSITIVE MORNING ROUTINE
I’m a firm believer that your day reflects how your morning went. Think about it, ever woke up grumpy and stayed grumpy for the rest of the day? When everything just went downhill from the moment your eyes opened? Imagine changing this by simply tweaking a few things you do in the a.m.
Think of every morning as one more opportunity to try a little harder than yesterday, one more chance to get closer to your goals, or one more day that you are alive. It’s truly a blessing we often take for granted because we give it little to no thought. Incorporating some of my key morning routine steps can change your perspective on your day and even your life.
Step 1: Wake up with plenty of time before needing to head out the door.
Waking up an hour or even two hours before you need to leave time can be hard, but it is also completely necessary. I wake up 2 hours before needing to head out the door for work or school, no matter what. Sometimes this means waking up as early as 6:15 a.m. to be somewhere for 8:15 a.m. If this task seems next to impossible to you, start by waking up 15 minutes earlier each day until you’ve reached the perfect timing. It sucks at first, but rushing out the door sucks even more.
Step 2: Do this before you even leave your bed:
Stretch your whole body in every way that feels necessary. Your inner yogi should take over here and allow your blood to circulate and stretch your muscles in order to prepare for the day. Take a minute to do some light yoga moves here or even some deep breathing to come to a full awake and conscious state of mind. Also: think happy thoughts.
Step 3: Water, water, water.
You’ve just been sleeping for however many hours, and your body needs water. Get a cold glass to boost your metabolism and hydrate yourself. I love adding lemon for extra flavour. The coffee comes later, just be patient.
Step 4: The true key to success.
Affirmations. I know this may be awkward and even cheesy to some people. Affirmations are a way to take a minute in the morning and allow yourself to think about what you want this day to be about, how you want to feel, etc. If you need help with coming up with affirmations, Pinterest has a million and one different boards and pins to keep you inspired. Repeat these affirmations throughout the day, or just a few times in the morning. It can really boost your mood and remind you of what you are ultimately working towards.
Step 5: Gratitude.
This literally could take 30 seconds, but impact your whole day. Make a habit of taking the time to write down 3 things you are grateful for that morning. Write it on a scrap piece of paper, your agenda or even your mirror with some lipstick. It can be little things like being grateful for waking up with clear skin, how it’s not raining today or that you got a good night’s sleep. Anything goes, and nobody has to see this so the more personal the better.
The page pictured above comes from an adorable wellness journal called Eat Pretty, Live Well. I totally recommend checking it out if you’re looking to start a healthier school year and educate yourself on self-love and eating pretty. Or you can copy this style of journal into a notebook of your own and keep up the positivity.
Step 6: Breakfast, coffee and all other good things.
Here comes the good part. Make your bed, get dressed and treat yourself to a filling, nutritious breakfast that you deserve. My personal fave is avocado toast with scrambled eggs and a side of fruit. Oh, and a large cup of coffee of course. I feel like after taking the time to do steps 1-5 (without rushing) you feel better about yourself, the day and anything that might happen.
Now that you’re ready for whatever else your morning routine includes, your day is almost guaranteed to be a positive one. Let it happen. Don’t forget to read my Back to School Essentials: University/College Edition to never forget the must-have’s and basics for the best year yet![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]