5 Things You Should Do Every Morning
Mornings have never been easy for me. When it comes to getting ready for the day, I'm a walking zombie. I will spend 15 extra minutes just lying in bed, thinking to myself "I didn't get a good night's sleep". Once I'm finally up, I spend an additional 15 - 20 minutes just walking around thinking about what I should do: cook breakfast vs pick up breakfast on my way to work, shower vs. (haha, of course I shower).
However, this year alone I've been focusing on creating a morning routine. A routine that will help me get up and out the bed, and actually want to start the new day. If you're anything like me and really want to know how to be a morning person, here are 5 things you should start doing.
It's best to drink water before you drink anything "heavy" like soda or juice. Water is healthier and provides your skin and body with hydration, and will actually wake you up faster than a glass of orange juice.
Your body doesn't need anything acidic really early, especially the moment you wake up, so drinking water allows you to easily get your body going, allowing you to feel awaken even when you're really tired.
Although it might not be something that you would want to do but journaling for just a few minutes in the morning helps you ease into the day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes take the time to write down your thoughts: your dreams from last night, your thoughts about the new day and what you ultimately have to do, anything that's been on your mind lately, your significant other, family, work, school, your health, etc. Get all your thoughts out on paper and out of your head. You will feel so much better being able to freely express your feelings.
If writing isn't your thing than you should definitely incorporate praying or meditating for at least 10 minutes when you wake up. Don't think of it as 10 long minutes but think of it as giving yourself time to acknowledge that it's a new day, a new chance for you to make any changes in your life, start something new. Your praying or meditation can be longer than 10 minutes but understand that even the first 10 minutes of your morning can make or break your day.
Listen to music
I find myself listening to music when I wake up in the morning and if it's not music it's a podcast from bloggers and entrepreneurs that I follow. I am an R&B person so my music in the morning is mellow, soft, and not too hard. Sometimes I will listen to gospel music.
Find music that's relaxing and nothing too wild and crazy, but music that will help you center yourself and focus on the day ahead.
Write your goals for the day
You should approach everyday with the mindset that you are looking to accomplish your goals, not just simply get through the day. Yes, we have day jobs and responsibilities, but you make sure you get to work on time and to get home afterwards, why not make time, even if it's just 30 minutes, to focus on what you really want to do.
I can hear it now: "I'm tired by the time I get home", "I don't even want to wake up early to go to work, but you want me to do what early in the morning?"
It's not as hard as you think. Write down your goals and set "targets" for you to reach during the day. I usually have a 3-item to do list. If you can manage to get at least 1 of those 3 things done, congratulate yourself and challenge yourself to accomplish 2 things then all 3.