How many of us spend our weekday mornings frantically running around the house trying to get 100 things done before we’re out the door? Before you know it, the day has already stressed you out and it’s barely had a chance to start. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it’s time to add some structure to your mornings.
Establishing a clear morning routine provides so many benefits, including giving you more time to focus on your health and wellness. Morning routines have also been shown to help increase productivity throughout the day, reduce stress, and leave you beaming with a sense of accomplishment before you even get to the office.
Ready to start your own A.M. routine? Here are our tips for getting the most out of your mornings.
- Go to bed an hour earlier the night before so you can set your alarm an hour earlier in the morning. This is definitely going to take some getting used to, but we promise it will be worth it! Prep whatever needs to be prepped the night before, too, so it’ll save you time in the morning. That means getting your coffee ready so all you have to do is turn on the pot, laying out your clothes for the following day, and organizing anything you need for work so you’re not rushing around the house searching for important files or your car keys before you leave the next morning.
- When your alarm goes off in the morning, resist the urge to hit snooze! Instead, focus on getting the blood flowing: roll out of bed and go through a few rounds of cat/cow pose to wake up your body, then follow that up with your exercise of choice. Venture outside for a morning run and get your miles in while it’s still quiet and serene. If you prefer strength training, restorative yoga or a more intense HIIT workout in the morning, schedule an early class at your gym or studio, or set up a designated space to work out at home. Whatever makes you happy and excites you enough to willingly leave the comfort of your bed.
- Make a healthy, balanced breakfast. After a workout, it’s important to refuel with a good meal. You definitely don’t need to make this into a complicated Sunday brunch though. Spoon a few dollops of plain Greek yogurt into a glass and top with a handful of berries, toasted coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey, or try one of our overnight oats recipes. For a savory option, toast a piece of sourdough bread and spread a teaspoon of pesto on it, then top with an over-easy egg and a pinch of sea salt.
- While you're finishing your coffee or tea, set your intentions for the day by writing them down in a journal. If you actually take the time to put pen to paper, you’re much more likely to carry out those intentions. These are entirely up to you and what you want your day to look like, but the general rule of thumb is to be as specific as possible.
Like any new habit, this morning routine may take some getting used to, but stick with it and it will pay off. Before you know it, it’ll become second nature to you, and you’ll wake up each day feeling energized and ready to handle whatever comes your way!