7 Ways to Master Your Morning Routine
The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you want your morning routine to set you up for success, try out any or all of these 7 research-backed routines.
November 20, 2020
The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you want your morning routine to set you up for success, try out any or all of these 7 research-backed routines listed below.
1. Instead of “Snoozing,” Drink Water
Please, do not hit snooze. Ever. If you know you can’t wake up until after 7 AM, don’t set your alarm for 6:30 AM and snooze for thirty minutes. Just set it for 7 AM. Instead of hitting that snooze button, reach for a glass of water. Drinking water first thing after your alarm goes off will wake you right up. Even if you snuggle back into bed for a few more minutes, you won’t fall back asleep as easily, and thanks to that water (especially if you add lemon), nature will be calling shortly. Once you’re out of bed to go to the bathroom, you won’t be getting back in.
2. Make Your Bed
Study after study has demonstrated that making your bed sets you up for a more productive day. It’s a mood booster because you feel as though you have already “accomplished” something, and it makes your place look cleaner. An organized space equals an organized mind. Checking this one easy “to-do” off your list within 5 minutes of waking up will have you set up for a successful morning. And it’s more satisfying when you crawl into a made bed at night!
3. Free-Write to Prep Yourself for a Successful Morning
If you’re like me and experience an immediate rush of anxious thoughts in the morning about what you have to do that day, take a moment in bed to free-write or jot down a quick to-do list. Unless I have journaled and written out my plan for the day the night before, I will take a moment to outline my morning at the very least so that I don’t have to think too much about what to do first or what to do when. If I’m anxious about an event, I’ll just word-vomit out onto a page. Putting thoughts on paper helps free up space in our brains to focus on everything else we need to do that day, and do it well.
4. Catch Some Rays
If it’s warm and sunny out, step outside to soak up some sun. Not only will you get some of your daily recommended Vitamin D3, but the sun will also regulate your hormones so that you feel more awake and produce less melatonin. If going outside isn’t an option, simply opening your blinds can do the trick. Don’t spend your morning in the dark!
5. Move Your Body
There is a slew of physical and mental health benefits to exercising early in your day. However, some people are not morning people - and that is A-okay. If your body simply does not condone you attempting an intense workout first thing, listen to your body. However, make sure you take a quick walk, stretch, or otherwise get your blood flowing via movement. This movement, however mild, will help your thinking become less foggy after waking up. A full-blown exercise is even better because your blood is really pumping, and the after-effects keep you alert all morning.
6. Make Breakfast a Part of Your Morning Routine
Although some people prefer to “intermittent fast” by eliminating breakfast for weight loss, studies show that humans function better mentally and physically with some food in their system. In fact, if you skip breakfast with the intent of losing weight, you may be interested to learn that research consistently shows that people who eat breakfast end up eating less throughout the day and ultimately lose more weight than those who skip breakfast. The key is to eat within 2 hours of waking up. Your body will thank you for fueling it by operating like a well-oiled machine.
7. Appreciate “the Calm Before the Storm.”
For most of us, the day will only get more hectic after our mornings. Try to have a small moment of quiet for yourself each morning to appreciate the slowness before the day gets crazy. Avoid the news cycle until after you’ve enjoyed this moment of calm. Yes, 2020 has been a disaster when it comes to checking the news. It is our duty to remain informed about what is happening, but to have a great morning, it’s best to put it off until later in the day. If you start your day feeling despair about the state of the world, it will impact your productivity and mood throughout the day. Replace your morning headline doom-scrolling with music, a cup of your favorite beverage (tea for me!), and a few long, deep breaths. Then, step into your day charged and ready for anything!
One New Habit Can Revolutionize Your Morning Routine
I didn’t think I was a “morning person” until I started adopting the right habits. Now, I thrive in the early hours of the day. Some of you reading this article may feel like you’ll never be a morning person. Trust me; I used to feel the same way. Ever since I adopted all seven of these morning routines myself, I have loved my mornings. Do you always feel like your mornings are rushed? Use the Warriors Morning Routine Checklist to keep your morning on track.
Already have your mornings on lock? Check out the 9 Bedtime Rituals to Maximize Your Sleep Benefits.