A Good Morning Routine Will Change Your Day (and Life) for the Better
“.. watch your habits for they become your character, and watch your character, for it becomes your destiny” - Lao Tzu
We are all creatures of habit. All those small things we do every day not only determine how our day looks like, but also how our future will look like. Because, let’s face it - we tend to hold on to our habits, good or bad ones. So, if you want to create a great life, start creating some great daily habits. And the best time to incorporate good habits is right after you wake up. That’s the time your mind is most open to positive suggestions. I’m a big fan of morning routines - the non-negotiable things you do after getting out of bed and before engaging with the world. And all successful people have morning routines:
Oprah starts her day with meditation;
Barack Obama used to hit the gym before running the U.S. each day;
Anna Wintour plays tennis;
Tony Robbins does a 10-minute form of meditation called “priming,” which he defines as “the act of taking time to adjust your thoughts and emotions.
Richard Branson, Tim Cook, and Disney’s Bob Iger all wake up well before 6:00 a.m. to exercise
Morning is usually the only time of the day that you have for yourself. You don’t really have a control of how the rest of your day will be, so the mornings are a perfect opportunity to give yourself some love and attention, and to fuel your body with healthy food and drinks.
Here are some tips on how to create your own morning routine:
Get some alone time: wake up at least half an hour earlier than the rest of your household. You’ll have some time just for yourself when you can enjoy your cup of coffee or tea, listen to podcast, read, watch your favorite comedy show. Just do whatever feeds your soul.
Hydrate: drink a tall glass of water first-thing after getting up. Your body has been without water for at least 8 hours, so your cells need it right away. The water revs your body up- lubricates your joints and muscles, hydrates your bloodstream, wakes up your metabolism, and powers your brain and body so you can perform better.
Move: Do some kind of movement. It doesn’t have to be a full workout if you don’t have time, do some gentle stretches, yoga, a quick set of jumping-jacks. Or find a 10-minute HIIT or cardio routine on YouTube. It will wake your body up, fire up your metabolism, and give you some extra energy for the rest of the day.
Center yourself: take at least 10 minutes to do some deep breathing, or mindfulness meditation. In the morning you don’t have as many thoughts running around in your head, so it will make the meditation easier, and make you a bit more grounded, calm, conscious and resilient for the rest of the day.
This is my morning routine, which I try to do every day, no matter where I am:
I drink warm water with lemon
I meditate for 10 minutes
I exercise for 30-45 minutes
I eat a healthy breakfast, with enough protein, healthy fats and carbs.
And whatever happens for the rest of my day, at least I’ve done this one thing right!
xx Alma #yourwellnessengineer