I don’t know about you, but every night when I would go to bed I fell asleep believing that tomorrow would be amazing. The new day was full of possibility and I would awake with a clean slate. Until I hit snooze seven times, burnt my eggs and forget a sock as I was running out the door. And then my day did not feel full of possibility. So I decided it was time to take action and bring order to my morning routine. These healthy morning habits I adopted have completely changed my day. And I believe they can change yours too!
Consistently wake up at the same time.
Our bodies thrive on routine and while again, this is not always possible, do it as often as possible. When your body gets in a morning routine it will actually make getting up easier.
I recently heard a YouTube video from Simon Sinek and he made some excellent points about our addiction to electronic devices. It’s not healthy for us to make our phone, or other electronic devices, the first things we grab in the morning. So to help avoid temptation he suggests getting an actual alarm clock…and I have found this to be genius! When I use my phone as an alarm clock it is the first thing I reach for in the morning. Then I got sucked in to social media and my email and before I know it WAY too much time has passed and I’m scrambling to get ready for the day. Not a healthy way to start the day!
Since you’re avoiding electronics, instead begin your day by thinking through a few things you are thankful for that day. This gets your heart and mind in good space and you are able to approach the day with a positive attitude.
Any set of healthy morning habits should of course include at least a little bit of exercise! Even if you don’t have time for a 60-minute workout every minute, head over to Pinterest and look up 7-minute workouts. Because even getting your blood pumping for just seven minutes is a healthier way to start your day!
Establish a routine.
Create a morning routine that works for you and your family. When you have a routine it means you can spend less time trying to remember everything that needs to be done. It can take a few weeks to establish a new routine but I found it to be helpful to first think through everything that needed to happen in the morning. Then I created an ideal order for accomplishing those things. Does everyone get dressed and then meet in the kitchen for breakfast? Or does everyone gather to eat and then go and get dressed? There is no “correct” routine, but the idea is to have a similar routine each morning. This helps you start your day peacefully instead of running around trying to remember everything.
What other healthy morning habits do you practice each day?