6a.m., the alarm goes off, your eyes pop open, and the first thing you do is check your email, scroll through your Twitter feed, comment on Instagram posts, text your friend, or dive straight into one of your work or school projects. If you are lucky, you grab a quick breakfast muffin and a cup of coffee, but usually you just rush out the door without breakfast feeling rushed and stressed before your day has even begun. Recognize this? Then it’s time to create a morning routine to help get your day off to a more peaceful start.
How you start your morning is an important part of how the rest of the day will unfold – physically, mentally and spiritually. If you start your day off with a negative mindset, oftentimes the rest of your day follows suit. On the other hand, if you start off with a positive mindset and add intention into your morning routine, you’ll be much more productive, calm and happy during the rest of your day.
Creating a morning routine acts as buffer between waking up and starting your work or school day and prepares you focus and be more productive. Here are 6 ways to start your day more peacefully, boost your productivity and feel fabulous throughout the day.
Take time to wake up
Awaken yourself peacefully and welcome the day with a big stretch. The first minutes of the day can be seen as little treasures. Cherish them. Protect them. Give yourself a moment to just be, soak up the soft sheets on your skin and breathe in the new day.
Visualize your beautiful day ahead
Everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. If you picture yourself reaching your goals and following your passion, you’re much more likely to actually do so. Visualization is an easy, yet powerful exercise to imagine how you want the day to unfold. It will give you clarity and direction while boosting confidence and motivation.
Visualizing what you want to achieve will help you get in the right mindset to become more productive and prevent yourself from falling into the trap of distraction.
Meditation is the art of silencing and calming the mind. When the mind is silent, you can experience inner peace in the midst of turmoil and chaos. Do you need to sit on a meditation cushion for 1 hour to reap the benefits? No. All that matter is consistency and commitment. A daily meditation practice of just about 10-15 minutes already boosts happiness and productivity, increases motivation and releases anxiety and stress.
Yoga is a great way to get energized for the day. Taking just 10 minutes to practice some poses calms the mind and makes you feel more grounded. Once you do it on a daily basis, you’ll notice that you feel more balanced and peaceful. So roll out your mat and experience a beautiful start of the day.
Your breakfast is the most important meal of the day and eating a nutritious and balanced meal provides you with the energy that leads to increased concentration and productivity.
Not only does the simple act of writing get your creative juices flowing, but it also helps you to think about your dreams and life goals more deeply. The great thing about journaling is that there are no rules. There is no right way. Just take a few minutes to sit down and write out whatever comes to your mind, whether it makes sense to you or not.
What is your morning routine?