The way in which you start your day, can be the reason you are able to have a productive one or not.
If your days have been feeling stressed and rushed, consider a fresh, new approach to your morning routine.
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door—the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well?
The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly. When you form healthy habitual behaviors for the morning, you set your day up for success.
Start with a plan, have a healthy breakfast, and after a morning workout, you will set a positive tone for the rest of your day!
Ultimately, imagine having more energy, a better attitude, more efficiency and clearer thoughts. Here are a few things I do every morning that have changed my life:
1. Create a To-Do List
It is important to get enough deep sleep, and also set up your day. There are some basic things you should do every night that will help you achieve this.
Get into the habit of writing down the daily and weekly tasks you aim to accomplish. When you write something down, it serves as both a physical and mental reminder of what you need to do.
Be careful to be realistic and adjust your plan so that it’s easily achievable and also as pleasant as possible.
Also, it motivates you to achieve your goals and creates a sense of commitment to getting things done.
Write a to-do list of your tasks. Writing down your “to-do’s” instead of keeping them floating around in your mind helps clear mental chatter.
You also give yourself a sense of purpose each day when you know what you need to get done. And there is something satisfying about crossing off tasks on your list—it really cultivates a sense of accomplishment.
Start with the worst ones first to get it over with.
Prepare your wardrobe to save time in the morning. Go to sleep early, wake up early and plan to arrive early at the office.
2. Establish a Morning Routine
A routine gives you more freedom as it reduces the psychological impact of changing your environment and making decisions. This helps you improve your concentration, mood, and focus.
3. Practicing Gratitude
Before you even get out of bed, give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude.
When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin), which lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your heart rate. Who wouldn’t want to start their day on this positive note?
As you smile, start to reflect upon what you’re grateful for.
Practicing gratitude reduces stress hormones and improves mood, among other benefits. So, adding a simple daily gratitude practice is a great way to kick-start your morning.
4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
You’ve been told in the past that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and that wasn’t a lie.
It is going to give you the energy you need to take on the day. There is an old saying my mom taught me: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauper.” Your breakfast needs to be your best meal of the day.
Starting the day with a healthy breakfast can give you more energy and a mental edge.
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy needed to get things done and overall, helps increase your focus.
One of the best things you can do to get the right chemistry going is to get moving.
Yes, that means exercise. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, but having some sort of physical activity in the morning will get your blood flowing and help quiet any mental chatter.
It could be walking, jogging, yoga or the gym. Your body is different than anyone else’s, so pick one form of exercise and get moving.
Not only does physical activity improve focus and concentration, but also acts as a natural remedy for stress relief.
You can even switch up what kind of exercise you do every day to keep your routine interesting.
Morning exercise is a great way to start the day on a positive note. You will feel a sense of accomplishment, giving you an optimistic outlook for the day.
6. Wear a Feel-Good Outfit
Make Mondays the day you wear your favorite outfit or your newest purchase.
Multiple studies have shown that dressing well increases your performance and heightens others’ impressions of you.
There’s a direct correlation between how you feel and how you present yourself, so looking good will give your confidence a lift.
To better your mood, choose bright colours, your favourite fabrics or prints that make you feel great about yourself.
The morning is the most important part of the day. The way you treat it, and the way you set it up are very important in determining if the day is going to be a good one or a bad one.
Putting time and effort into your appearance helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it is one less thing to worry about throughout your day.
Remember that Mondays are just another day.
The Monday slump is more often just a frame of mind than anything else.
Let us know in the comments what you think and if any of these tips helped you improve your Mondays!