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10 Morning Habits for Lifestyle Development
Every morning your mind and body need a refreshing start to stay energized throughout the day. Your morning routine decides the tone for the rest of the day.
Have you noticed that when you start the day off with a chaotic morning it can disrupt your mood for the entire day? For example, missing your workout may make you worried every time you eat during the day. Thus, it is essential to develop early morning habits to start your day on the right note.
Habits are a fundamental part of our daily existence. Subconsciously or consciously, every one of us functions according to our habits (both good and bad). You tend to form some habits that are easy to follow. However, some habits that reflect a positive output to your body might need some extra effort and discipline to adapt. Cultivating early morning habits also requires some amount of dedication.
Worry not! You don’t have to incorporate each habit from day one. You can start with one or two habits in small intervals and complete the list.
This simple morning routine has worked for me. It can work for you, too!
1. Wake Up at the Same Time Everyday
Maintaining a uniform wake up time sets your biological clock right. When you start waking up at the same time every day you train your biological clock to adopt that habit.
Your body adopts a rhythm when you sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Eventually, you will not need a clock to wake up. Waking up will be more refreshing.
2. Stop Snoozing Your Alarm
Well, all are tempted to do this every morning: getting that extra 10-20 minutes of sleep before we start our day. By doing this you’re not only harming your body but you start your day with procrastination.
Get out of your bed at the very first time your alarm starts ringing. It’s a positive way to start your way. Initially, you have to force yourself to get out of your bed but gradually you will start to enjoy it.
What Happens to Your Body When You Snooze Your Alarm?
The first thought that comes to your mind when you snooze the alarm—Ah! It’s just a few minutes, I’ll make it up. But this act of resistance just doesn’t cost you a few lost minutes.
3. Organize Your Bed
One of the morning habits perched and practiced by successful people around the world is making your bed. The first question that pops up in your head is “I’m going to use it again during the day or at night. What’s the point?”
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Making your bed is the first task to accomplish in the morning. This simple task is the best way to start your morning routine. When you complete a simple easy task in the morning it gives you a feeling of accomplishment. You feel organized.
Taking responsibility and completing a simple task gives you the power to complete more tasks throughout the day with much ease.
4. Drink a Glass of Warm Water
Drinking water at any temperature helps in keeping your body hydrated and healthy. A glass of warm water has a multitude of benefits. Adding some freshly squeezed lemon juice gives you a nice boost of vitamin C.
5. Practice Meditation
Meditation helps to train your mind, calm your emotions, and redirect your thought process.
- Get seated in a comfortable position.
- Set a timer for 5-15 minutes. You can initially start with 5.
- Choose a tranquil environment for better concentration. The serenity of the early morning is the best environment for practicing meditation. You can also play any meditation soundtrack if a calm environment is not available.
- Slowly close your eyes and concentrate on your breath.
- Take a breath in through your nose for 5 seconds. Hold your breath for 5 seconds and then exhale out completely for 7-8 seconds. Repeat this cycle for 5 minutes.
- When you feel that your mind is wandering off try focusing on your breaths.
- Once the timer goes off, breathe normally. Rub your palms against each other to generate moderate to low heat.
- Cover your entire face including your eyes with your palm for 10 seconds. Open your eyes slowly.
You are now ready to carry the positive vibes and calming energy with you throughout the day. You may not get results of meditation from day one or even after day three.
But once you start diligently practicing it every day, you will start to experience overall mental well-being- reduced stress, better anxiety management, enhanced emotional health, and improved sleep.
6. Practice Gratitude
To accomplish something better you need to appreciate what you already have and what have you achieved so far. Smile and visualize your achievements
What Happens When You Practice Gratitude?
When you smile and feel happy about yourself and your accomplishments, your mind starts releasing “happy hormones”. These “happy hormones” (endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin) helps your body to feel relaxed, reduces anxiety, and enhances mood. Isn’t it a good start?
7. Move Yourself
Now that you have pampered your mind, it’s time for your body to get activated. It’s time to move some muscles.
The workout you follow doesn’t have to be intense and complicated. It can be a simple workout for 10-15 minutes. You can choose either a full-body work-out targeting all the muscle groups or a selective workout plan targeting a different muscle group every day.
Incorporating workouts as a morning habit improves blood circulation, enhances metabolism, and uplifts overall health. You can include any form of physical activity like running, jogging, yoga, Zumba, swimming, etc.
Design a workout plan to suit your requirements. You can even consult a health coach or personal trainer to help to design a workout plan for specific requirements.
If you have any underlying condition like arthritis, thyroid abnormalities, history of fracture, cardiac issues, etc. it is best to consult a doctor before you start your physical activity.
8. Indulge in Self-Care
Incorporating a self-care regime in your morning habits help to boost your self-confidence. Do what makes you happy and feel good about yourself. Take a bath, comb your hair, apply a face pack, moisturize your face, or indulge in any other self-care ritual.
9. Eat Your Breakfast Right
Do not skip your breakfast. Feed yourself with a bowl of wholesome breakfast. Breakfast provides your body with the fuel to maintain focus and productivity throughout the day. Therefore, treating your body with the right breakfast is essential.
Include the right amount of macros and micros in your breakfast. Eggs, oats, milk, fruits, cereals, sources of healthy fat, etc. are great options for your breakfast.
10. Visualize Your Day
At this point, a lot of you want to skip this step. But please don’t. If you don’t plan and strategize, how will you know if you are moving towards your goal?
It will hardly take 10 minutes before you are all set for the day. Prioritize your task. Get over with the most dreaded task at the early hours. This saves you from the agony of completing that task throughout the day.
You will also stop procrastinating when the most difficult task is done. Now it will be easier for you to tackle the easier tasks.
What Was My Experience With This Morning Routine?
Frankly speaking, I could not adopt these morning habits on day one. To start with, I am not a morning person. So, waking up early at 6 am or 7 am was quite difficult for me, especially during my periods.
I had to drag myself out of my bed. But with time eventually, It became easier for me. I was starting to feel more refreshed and energized.
By days 15-20, I was able to follow all the habits. But not with perfection. It was after a month I could do the mediation properly. For me now it's 5th month of practicing these morning habits.
I do a little permutation and combinations to keep it interesting like changing the workout plan, planning special hair care, or face care routine.
And yes, some days I don’t feel like following this morning routine. You might feel the same on certain days. I do take a break. It’s always healthy to take a break. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. But ensure you get back to your routine once that break is over.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Debaleena Ghosh