Hint: Do not roll over and look at your smartphone.
Time and time again, we see that mindset moves mountains. But where to start? With your morning, of course! Read on for quick and easy suggestions on how to start your morning with purpose - and a mindset well-positioned to take on the world each day.
Make the bed
Before doing anything else, tidy your sleep space. Make the bed. This gives you a little time to transition into your morning routine - and it’s satisfying to see your personal slumber space clean and fresh-looking, ready for the new day.
Stretch your body
This could be anything from those stretches you used to do in PE class to those you saw on Instagram. Stretch and move your joints around slowly, allowing your body to relax. Gradually coming to your morning tasks in this way will increase your level of calm and composure as you set out on your day.
Exercise body and mind
Spend 5-8 minutes pushing out any thoughts, feelings, and emotions you might have at that exact moment. Along the lines of mindfulness, focus on your breathing as you do this. You may choose to do a guided meditation via an app instead. If you have slightly more time, take a 10-minute walk or a jog. This gives yourself space to recalibrate for the day at hand before things and people come flying at you.
Whether you choose to make breakfast your most important meal of the day or opt to fast, make sure you get enough of that h2o. Doctors recommend that you drink around two liters, or eight 8-ounce glasses, of water per day to facilitate normal bodily functions, like metabolism. Drink up in the morning and prepare a bottle or thermos of water to take with you - to be refilled throughout the day.
When and where possible, look outside and breathe in some fresh air for a few minutes. Too often, we find ourselves in overly air conditioned rooms or rooms that are too stuffy and hot. Just poking your head out a window for a couple of seconds will aid your ‘waking up’ process, alert your senses, and enable you to breathe in clean, unfiltered air, clearing your lungs, too.
Take 1-2 minutes to express gratitude in whichever way you see fit. This might involve sending a quick text message saying ‘thank you’ to someone for something they did recently. Alternatively, it could mean writing down one thing you’re thankful for every day and dropping it into a jar to be opened at the end of the year. You do you.
Develop a routine
Consistency is crucial. Doing something for at least 30 days is enough to help you make it a habit. Are there any other things you need to do to get to your most creative, most productive, and most purposeful self? Do these things in the same order every morning and take note of how you feel at the end of the day. What might you need to adjust?
Did one of the above tips work especially well for you? Or did you incorporate a different habit into your morning? We’d love for you to share what worked or what didn’t work as well for you.