Scientific evidence shows that the first hour or two of your day are the most important.
Setting good morning habits can help you set your day up for success! It can increase productivity, gratitude, lower stress levels, give you more energy and motivation, and help you have better control of the day.
But what habits should you implement into your morning routine to help you seize the best success? Let's break it down.
1. Get Up
Simple enough, right?
The first step to having a great morning is to actually get up! If you spend the first chunk of your morning scrolling through social media or hitting the snooze button, chances are you'll be rushed later, and won't be able to set yourself up for success.
This morning habit is easier said than done. Once you reach your phone screen to hit that snooze button, you see all the notifications you missed the night before. While it's tempting to check them, try to hold off for a few minutes.
Here are some things to do instead!
Get up and open your window.
Make your morning cup of coffee.
Drink a glass of water (one out of 8 for your whole day!)
Journal or read.
Exercise your brain or body.
Make a to-do list for your day and get ready.
These are things you can do before you check your phone to make sure your cup is filled up before the day gets busy.
2. Move Your Body
Research shows that moving your body during the first hour or two of your day increases alertness, improves focus throughout the day, helps your body produce more energy, improves mood, and even helps with weight loss and appetite control.
Not only is it a great time to fit in your daily workout, but it's also a great way to get your blood flowing and wake up. If you're new to working out and don't know where to start, try doing simple movements like stretching or yoga.
Not into laying on a mat? Take a morning walk around your neighborhood and soak in the fresh morning air. Or do a few lunges in your kitchen while you wait for your coffee to brew.
Exercise doesn't have to be complicated and lengthy. Just find a way to move, and then do it!
3. Write in a Gratitude Journal
Another excellent morning habit to implement into your life is writing in a gratitude journal. The social, psychological, and even physical benefits of regularly practicing gratitude are abundant:
Gratitude cultivates healthy, happy relationships.
It improves physical health and makes people more willing to take care of their bodies.
It improves psychological health as it counters feelings like envy, frustration, anger, regret, and hate.
It strengthens empathy and makes us more willing to be kind to those around us. And let's be real here, this benefits everyone.
It Improves sleep.
Gratitude increases self-esteem and confidence.
It supports mental health and resilience.
Here's how to start your own gratitude journal. Grab a cute notebook and a pen and spend just a few minutes each morning writing a list of what you're grateful for!
It doesn't have to be some eloquent string of words. Write in bullets if you want. Or draw doodles of what you're thankful for. Spending just a few minutes in gratitude sets the tone for your day.
4. Make Your To-Do List
One of my biggest personal struggles is getting side tracked during my day. I get up, guzzle a cup of coffee, get ready, and seem to be off to a great start. But then, I forget what I even have to do.
I have a list floating around in my head of things I have to do that day. Instead of getting them done in an organized manner, I start three different tasks at the same time, only to realize I have to do another task by a certain time. By the afternoon, my whole day is whack and I haven't finished a task yet.
So, another morning habit that can make or break your day is to make a to-do list. It might sound basic or too easy, but you might be surprised at how much it will help.
5. Don't Skip Breakfast
Your mom probably still reminds you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now, skipping breakfast isn't going to kill you. But, skipping breakfast can lead to a few negative side effects that can certainly knock the rest of your day off kilter.
Skipping breakfast can lead to drops in blood sugar, headaches, and loss of energy. In turn, these conditions can lead to less productivity and motivation throughout your day. By eating breakfast, you give your body the fuel and calories you need to get going.
You don't have to eat a five course meal, but it is important to aim for a little bit of protein, antioxidants from fruit, healthy fats from avocado or peanut butter, and calcium from a glass of milk or milk alternative.
6. Drink Enough Water
The last morning habit that will change your life is drinking water. When you wake up in the morning, drink a whole 8 ounce glass of water. This will get you hydrated, get your metabolism moving, and set the tone for your day.
Staying hydrated is vital for your overall health. If you fail to give your body the hydration it needs, you may experience migraines, fatigue, dizziness, diarrhea, fever, hypovolemic shock, and kidney problems if you're dehydrated regularly.
So, how much water do you need per day? Experts have actually begun to modify the rule. The previous rule of thumb used to be to drink 8 glasses a day with 8 ounces of water in each. However, some experts are now saying that sipping on water constantly during the day is the best way to promote hydration.
If you struggle to stay hydrated, find a cute water bottle you can carry with you throughout the day. You can also snack on hydrating foods like fruit and veggies to keep your body happy and healthy!
Tips for Starting New Habits
It's no secret that starting a new habit is hard. It's so much easier to stick to what we're already programmed to do. In the long run, however, these habits can make a big difference. Here are some tips to help you start these habits and stick with them!
Start one at a time. Starting 6 new habits all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, pick one and start that one. When you feel like you have that habit down, start another one. Soon, your habit snowball will turn into a life transformed.
Break each habit into smaller chunks. This principle is similar to the previous one. If a habit seems too difficult to take on all at once, divide into two parts.
Write your new habits down. Writing things down is an excellent way to solidify them and help you remember them. For bonus points, you can also stick your habit list somewhere you see it often.
Do them for 21 days. It takes 21 days for a new habit to stick. Keep doing each habit for 3 weeks! You've got this.
Ask a friend or family member to hold you accountable. Nothing is more encouraging than support from family and friends. Ask someone close to you to help you with your goals and hold you accountable. Maybe they'll even want to give them a shot.
With a few tips and tricks, these 6 morning habits will change your life! If you have any suggestions of a habit you love to implement into your morning routine, send me a message or leave a comment!