Starting your day off on the right foot can make a huge difference in the day. We're talking the benefits of mindful mornings. If you are lacking energy, feeling overwhelmed and lacking focus, waking up early and implementing a morning routine will help with your productivity, staying energized and leave you feeling grounded.
Many successful individuals including Maya Angelou, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ben Franklin are among the many famously successful and productive individuals that are known to have slain their morning routines.
For example, Maya Angelou was said to wake at 5:30a, have coffee at 6:00a, and work until 2:00p every day at her private hotel room. If you are already thinking of excuses why this won't work for you, I'm already ahead of you. Here are some common excuses that come to mind.
- I can't-do this because I have too much going on.
- I'm not a morning person.
- I'm just not that disciplined.
- My favorite shows come on really late.
If the first thing you reach for in the morning is your cell phone to stroll Instagram, log on to SnapChat or check in on Facebook then you have time. Below you will find 14 Easy Ways to Slay Your Morning Routine.
1. Plan Ahead
Being intentional with your time and creating a consistent routine will have you start the day stress-free, efficient and productive. Be proactive with your time and reap the benefits of planning ahead! Using an old school system like a paper calendar or apps like Evernote and Google calendar to plan your day, week and month ahead.
2. Wake up early
Waking up early not only gives you more time in the day but it helps improve memory and productivity. According to a study, early risers help diminish the negative effects of sleep inertia and can help you stay attentive and alert throughout the day.
"By starting each morning with positive thoughts, affirmations, and words of wisdom, we can grow in body, mind, and spirit." - Louise Hay. Affirmations not only feed us mentally, but it's also another form of self-love. Filling yourself up with loving words through affirmations is healing and can leave you to feel grounded, present, feeling abundant.
Visualizations work best after affirmations. Visualize your day, visualize you attaining your goals and you kicking butt. This can work as a positive boost to help attain your goals.
5. Be still
Being still and sitting silence is a time for reflection, meditation, prayer is an opportunity to clear your mind. Allow yourself 5 to 30 minutes to take deep breaths. The point is to start the morning off peacefully.
6. Avoid Technology
Turning off your phone and avoid technology will help stay focused. If you are easily distracted then turning off your phone for the early part of your morning will help you stay focused and centered before checking emails and starting your day.
Stretching first thing in the morning helps improve circulation, joint flexibility and helps relieve stress.
Exercising boosts mental clarity, boost energy and help trigger your endorphins, the happy hormone. If you choose to do yoga, go for a run, do aerobics or circuit training. Whatever you do, get your legs moving and blood pumping.
Take a couple minutes to write down your goals, direct your focus and attention on the present. Write down what you are grateful for and your thoughts and feelings. This can help get your mind in the right place to take on the day.
Reading an encouraging book, and uplifting literature can make a huge difference in your outlook and attitude.
Water hitting the skin can be both magical and cleansing. A cold shower can be invigorating and a hot shower can be calming and relaxing. Helping to boost your mood and get you out the door feeling motivated and ready to take on the day.Try using our Healing Face Cleanser enriched with invigorating rosemary, floral rose geranium, and citrusy lime essential oil is ideal for tantalize your senses and wake you up.
12. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helps your body regulate sugar throughout the day and helps boost your mood. Don't walk around hanger, it's not cute. Eating helps improve energy levels and memory performance.
13. Lemon water
A warm cup of lemon water before breakfast helps clear out the stress hormone. This detoxing lemon tea also works as a mild diuretic that can help cleanse your urinary tract and kidneys. Plus, it flushes toxins out of the blood so they do not accumulate in pores and hydrates skin cells.
Columbia University researchers found that individuals who sing along to their favorite songs are 81 percent less likely to fall into a bad mood. Here's, even more, reason to slay your morning with your favorite tunes.
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