There are ways to start your day that don’t involve rushed tasks and making sure everyone has what they need. It doesn’t need to be about tossed clothes, missing car keys and a piece of toast jammed in your mouth as you frantically run around.
Ways to Start Your Day
Instead of focusing on so many “chores” first thing in the morning, try using these useful ways to start your day:
Do The Two-Minute Yoga Stretch
This simple exercise routine is done right after you wake up. One minute for arms, and one minute for legs. Stretch them out and move your muscles. Not only does this give your brain time to wake up but your balance physically is stronger.
Set your alarm clock for 5 minutes earlier. Give yourself a few minutes to fully awaken and use the stretches to get your mind and body moving. These few minutes allows you a better chance to navigate your day with ease.
Take A Spot Shower
Everyone has a preference on when they like to bathe. If nighttime works better for personal cares, use the morning shower as a quick scrub bath. This not only cleans the skin of any irritants but gives the body a way to come awake.
After stretching, jump into the shower. Use these last few quiet moments to go over your day mentally. Only give yourself ten minutes to bathe and use the rest of your morning to tend to other tasks.
Buy An Old School Alarm Clock – To Avoid Disruption Caused By The Phone’s Snooze Buttons
With today’s technology, our phones can do almost anything, including set an alarm. Yet, we are prone to constantly checking our phones for information and often miss the alarm sound. Hitting the snooze button multiple times till the phone stops signaling. Not only does this disrupt our sleep but often becomes a deterrent during the morning routine.
Keep the new clock across the room from you. Make sure it can be used with battery or plug in. Pick a sound that is upbeat enough for you to awaken to. Not only does this eliminate the extra need from your phone, but makes your body and mind understand it is time to start your day.
Make A Healthy Breakfast
While time may not be on your side when it comes to cooking a full breakfast each morning, it is still very important to prepare something healthy. A granola bar and coffee will not do. In fact, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conclusively stated, “People who eat breakfast are 12.3 percent healthier throughout the day than those who do not, and people who do not eat breakfast eat 6.8 percent more food throughout the day.”
Try focusing in on two ingredient recipes. Avocado and toast, granola and yogurt, fruit, and cottage cheese. Include a favorite natural juice. Take fifteen minutes to sit down and enjoy your meal. This gives your body a chance to digest the food properly also. For a late morning snack, try a power shake filled with vitamins.
Jot Down Your To Do’s For The Day
If your day is often filled with lots of detours leaving you to postpone your tasks, it is time to take charge. Write down all the chores you want to accomplish for that day, not including work. Use this list to check off each completed project. This will keep you on track and know when your time is free to share with others.
If some of the chores involve necessities, make these a priority. Try using your time off for larger purchases such as weekly groceries. Use your weekday to only pick up single items. Make sure you leave enough time for each chore as to not overtax yourself. Some things can wait but dinner cannot.
Do Only One Chore Each Morning
This is not the time to go knee deep into mopping the floors, but a chore that can be done in five minutes. Such as loading the dishwasher and starting it or sorting out your clothes to wash later. Just these small tasks can be a big help come evening time.
If your bathroom seems to get the dirtiest, wipe it down. Wipe the sink and handles down with an antibacterial wipe while brushing your teeth. Spray the shower down with a foam cleanser. After finishing a quick wipe down of the toilet area, spray down the shower and get on with your day. It is now one less thing to do today leaving you more free time later.
Skip The News, Go Straight To Traffic And Keep It Short
While it is inevitable to turn on any news channel and see breaking stories and dismay, this is hindering your thought process for the rest of the day. A recent study conducted by Time Magazine showed that, “One in ten adults checks the news every hour. A full 20 percent of Americans show consistently monitoring their social media feed multiple times per hour often exposing themselves to news headlines.”
Save checking on the news till later in the day when your mind and body are fully awake and can rationally sort through the information. Head straight to traffic and keep it short. Make sure the routes you take are free of detours or accidents so you can adapt your travel needs.
Put Yourself On A Sleep Schedule
When your body becomes conditioned to going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, the mind will follow. This includes weekends and days off. This also gives you a realistic plan of how much time you can devote in one day.
If you feel an extra half hour in the morning would be helpful, set your alarm clock back. Keep getting up at that earlier time. At first, the body will fight this sensation, but will quickly adapt. This is a great time to shower too.
Turn On Music That Makes You Feel Good
Instead of going for the piano melodies to start your day, try a song that is upbeat. Something you can sing along with. Use this background music to keep you motivated through the morning routine.
If you have family, make it fun for everyone. Buy a cheap bag of marbles. Each person chooses their favorite. Put them in a jar. Each morning, a marble is pulled out. The winner chooses the genre for that morning.
Open Your Curtains
Natural light is the best way to awaken your senses each morning. The brain understands that light means being awake and functioning. According to the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) reports, “Exposure to natural light helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, improves our sleep patterns, and helps us focus better.”
Even on a rainy day, this is still important. Allow the light to fill the room and your body time to adjust. On warmer mornings, open your windows for some fresh air. Think about hanging black out curtains for less heat and light during the daytime making the room uncomfortable at bedtime.
By making small adjustments to your morning routine, your day will not only flow better but your emotions will remain calmer. Try your best each day and have no regrets at the end of the night. As author Malak El Halabi famously quoted, “Now that your eyes are open, make the sun jealous with your burning passion to start the day…”