Let’s be honest, mornings are hard. For most of us, we spend the first few minutes of lucidity trying to compose our thoughts and dissolve the grogginess in our minds. While there are definitely a few lucky souls out there that can immediately throw off the covers (even on a cold day) as soon as the alarm buzzes in the morning, it is much more common to struggle to create a routine that allows for the most efficiency and the least stress possible.
If you are on the sleepier side in the morning, these tips may be difficult to implement, but if you create a steady habit using this advice, you will be on the road to better days.
- First and foremost is to get a head a start on your day the night before. Instead of collapsing into bed right when you feel tired enough to sleep, put together a bedtime list that will help jump start your morning. This could mean getting the coffee ready and set to auto brew at a specific time, laying out your clothes for the following day, or looking over your schedule to make sure you are up to date on what you need to get done. Whatever it is that would make your day easier to handle during the early hours and can be done the night before, should be. It will lighten the load and start your day out on a less chaotic note.
- Wake up earlier and take an hour for yourself. Jumping directly into your work schedule may seem like the most effective way to check items off of your To-Do list, but it can be extremely damaging to your own mental wellbeing and health. Set your alarm an hour earlier than you typically would and try to rise without hitting the snooze button. During your hour of free time you can do any number of helpful activities to get you started for the day on a calm note. Use your time to drink coffee in silence, watch the news and get updates from around the world, read or journal for pleasure, take a run or a quick trip to the gym to move your body, or just celebrate the new day with a super long shower and some time to yourself.
- One of the most important things mentioned in the above list is Fitness. I had to learn this the hard way after starting my design business. Not only was I gaining weight due to lack of activity (sitting at a desk all day creating) but I was also finding that my body felt slow and less energetic, eventually leading to a pretty intense case of brain fog. I found that moving around first thing in the morning got my blood coursing, my mind working, and my creativity skyrocketing.
- Drink a tall glass of water right away when you wake up. Now, I am definitely not adverse to enjoying a cup (or two) of strong coffee to get your mind and body moving, but it is also very beneficial to stay hydrated. Overnight, your body tends to lose water while you sleep, making you start your day in a bit of a dehydrated state. Grab a big glass of water and drink it to get all of your neurons firing. You should start to see the benefits of this morning activity right away!
- Cultivate Gratutide. Make a list of the things you are grateful for and why. This will give you a boost of positivity right away in your day and will help you to move through the hours with less stress and negativity. I personally try to carry this with me throughout the day to insure that whenever a negative thought creeps into my mind, I have a positive thought to replace it.
- Get Inspired. This is really the most important aspect of living a creative lifestyle or running an artistic business, for the obvious reasons. Take some time to read a book, look through Pinterest, browse the web, or flip through a magazine. This will set your brain on fire with inspiration and ideas, and will let you be more creative in terms of problem solving, content creation, and much more!
Have more advice for our readers on how you start your morning off on the right foot? Let us know in the comments section or get in touch here! We are always open to new ideas.
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
YOUR GUIDE TO AN INSPIRED MORNING ROUTINE