Hello friends! A solid morning routine has become more important than EVER! Year 2020 is forcing us all to make sure that we remain disciplined and focused in the midst of all the unexpected changes….seriously…who would have ever thought this year was going to turn out so hectic!?
Don’t you worry, I got you! Let’s go on with this easy to follow list. The only caveat…you HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT! Ok, here we go!
1- Wake up early
If you are a morning person, this will come super easy to you but if you are not…well, some effort may be required. Here is the good news, waking up early consistently will increase your confidence on your productivity. Why? For one, you are ahead of the game. You will be up before anyone else which will give you “me time”. Plus, you will need the time to get you through the next 9 habits 😉
Personally, Alexa wakes me up every morning to easy pop music. I love it!
2- Make your bed
As insignificant as this task might sound, it does wonders to your mental state and your productivity! If you need further confirmation? In his bestseller book, Make Your Bed, Former Nave Seal, Admiral William McRaven goes over the positive impact such a trivial task can have on your momentum to complete the next task. Completing small tasks like this one will jumpstart the following tasks that may not feel as simple. If you haven’t read his book and are looking for a source of inspiration, I HIGHLY recommend it! There is a reason why the book has over 7000 reviews on Amazon!
3- Drink water with lemon
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! After a good night sleep, it is completely normal that your body will be dehydrated. If you are carefully listening to your body and practice self awareness, you will notice. Not only your skin will thank you, but you will have a better work out if you have properly hydrated beforehand.
Personally, I keep a bottle of water in my nightstand and I recently purchased a water pitcher with fruit infusion that I keep filled in my refrigerator. It makes drinking water so much easier and enjoyable.
4- Pray / meditate
Kick start your day with some meaningful praying or meditation time. This daily practice of centering yourself in a quiet place for even 10 minutes a day it can help you to reduce stress, manage anxiety, enhance self-awareness, and promote emotional balance.
5- Move your body
Your body needs it! It needs it bad! Your body is meant to be moved, not to be sitting all day. To be more specific, your heart needs it. Increasing your heart rate for 30 minutes a day can help minimize the possibility of cardiovascular diseases. Your mind needs it. The endorphin rush you experience after a 30 minute workout is not an illusion! Sweat a little and watch your mood improve. Your joints need it. As you get older, your flexibility is expected to decrease but you can help maintain your range of motion by stretching every day.
6 – Take care of your skin
Your skin care should always be an important part of your morning routine. Not only it’s is your largest organ but it also sheds daily..DAILY! It is crucial that you cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize consistently to avoid facing skin complications in the future. Below you will find some of my favorite products along with a few others that I’ve heard raving reviews!
Also, I wrote a blog on a very affordable skincare routine that I highly encourage you to check out if you are interested in simplifying this part of your morning. I personally get all my morning skincare products for under $50 so you don’t want to miss that post!
7- Eat a healthy breakfast
A nourishing breakfast will fuel your body for the first part of the day. I suggest incorporating a balanced amount of protein (eggs, protein powder), fruits, and vegetables. Stay away from the sugar packed sources like donuts, pancakes and cereals that won’t contribute much to your longer term energy levels.
Personally, I am a FAN of protein packed smoothies in the morning. I recently wrote a post about a delicious green smoothie that I’d like you to check out by clicking here. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. It is to die for!
8- Intentionally pick your clothes
Part of expecting to have a great day involves intentionally visualizing to have one. With the latest work-from-home trend, throwing on an old t-shirt and sweat pants is becoming the norm more than the exception. The reality is that if you do this every day, you will start to feel sluggish in your appearance. I’m not suggesting that you get all fashionable and dolled-up when you don’t have appropriate plans for that but what I am suggesting is that you are conscious about how you are carrying yourself with the clothes that you put on. I can tell you that in my case, I’ll start gaining weight if I were sweatpants all the time! 😉
9- Review your priorities
Tackle the hardest job first thing in the morning. The one task that you cannot afford to wait until tomorrow needs to be checked from your list first. The challenge most people have though is not knowing what those are. The solution? Write it down. Not the morning of but ideally the night before so your goals are clear for the day. A journal or planner are some of the best tools I’ve used to keep me on track so I encourage you to look up a few and see if they work for you and your style.
10- Check in with your loved ones
Healthy relationships take work and require time. Develop a frequent habit to reach out to your family and friends on a regular basis to check on them. Do you remember how you felt when a loved one texted you “Thinking of you and hoping you have a great morning”? Felt amazing, didn’t it? Well…it is that easy. Extending kindness and care is not hard, all you need is a loving heart.
So, what are your plans for tomorrow morning?! 🙂 I hope you are feeling ready and inspired to develop some good habits beginning immediately. Let me know in the comment section if you have any best practices you follow!
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