Your morning routine creates your mindset for the rest of your day, so it’s always a good idea to do everything you can to make it a fresh and positive start to the day.
Here are a list of activities that will make your morning (and your mind) happy:
– DON’T check your social media until AT LEAST half an hour since you woke up – this can be tricky at first but very soon you’ll get used to it and begin to appreciate taking time to be in your own mind and think your own thoughts
– try to wake up or get up as early as you feel you can to avoid being in a rush and forgetting anything – even giving yourself ten minutes less sleep can give you time to run through things you need to remember to do that day
– eat something (anything) for breakfast – even if you can’t stomach much that day, having something as simple as a banana or one slice of plain toast will actually feed your tummy and your mind, boosting your energy (even if only a little)
– enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate (if you have a naturally anxious mind or suffer from anxiety or anxiety-related disorders, try to avoid caffeinated drinks as these only fuel the active part of the brain (I think) (I got a B in biology once))
– enjoy some fruit – this could be an apple, a banana, or even a smoothie (treat yourself to that blender this pay day)
– have a shower – enjoy the refreshing feeling of warm water on your skin (or cold water if you really want to wake up) and notice that when you get dressed afterwards, your body feels more energised than previously
– try to get some fresh air – this could be going for a short walk or jog, sitting in your garden, or simply opening your window; your mind should feel cleansed and your body lighter
– breathe. This is the start of your day, so make it about you. Fill your morning routine with things you enjoy doing to motivate yourself to get up in the first place.
No matter what, you’ve had the strength to tackle the day – whether that’s going to work and facing the hour-long commute or the meeting you’ve been dreading; getting to a university lecture and learning one thing you actually find pretty interesting; or staying cosy in bed with pyjamas, Netflix and a hot drink (and a snack – this part is so important) because you needed a day to look after yourself.
Make your morning about you – you deserve it.
‘You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.’