Ever noticed how, in the movies, people wake up with perfect hair and makeup and a smile on their perfect faces, ready to greet the day ahead? And then you wake up looking like you slept in a hedge, scowling at the light as you angrily bash the snooze button?
Some of us are morning people, and some of us aren’t. But it’s hard to have a productive day, let alone a pleasant one if you don’t start it off in the right frame of mind. A bad start to the day leads to lethargy, decreased energy levels and poor performance. It’s all too easy to set yourself up for failure before your day even begins.
There’s a lot of small steps you can incorporate into your morning routine to start your day off on the right foot. But added together, these small steps can make a big difference. Try out some of the ideas below, and you’ll be surprised what a difference it can make to your day.
These 10 Morning Habits Will Change Your Life
1. Wake Up Early
There’s a reason why CEOs and successful entrepreneurs are almost universally early risers. Getting up an hour before you usually do means that you get to start your day at a more leisurely pace. The feeling of calm you get from knowing you have plenty of time to begin your day is invaluable. And often, the best time to get things done is early in the morning, while most of the world is still asleep.
Studies show that early risers are better at anticipating problems and finding ways around them. Also, those who get up early are more optimistic. Getting up early is like a superpower, and it’s one that you can easily give yourself by setting that alarm clock just one hour earlier.
2. Get Some Sunshine
None of us can control the weather. But you need to make use of what light you have, especially in the morning. Start your day by opening the blinds to let the morning light in, and open your windows for a blast of fresh air.
There’s more to this than it might seem. Daylight is how your body regulates its natural cycles, and making sure you get enough of it in the morning will help you to feel more awake and energized. Plus, our bodies need vitamin D to make us feel happy, and the best source of this nutrient is sunlight. So get those curtains open and greet the day properly.
Meditation is a practice that’s been around for thousands of years, and for good reason. There’s no better way to center yourself in preparation for the day ahead than to take a few moments to practice…