Oh, the morning! A new day to be thankful for! A new chance for a new beginning! For learning new things! A chance at rebirth! NOT!
Yeah, we all know but they say about the morning being the best time of the day, but let’s face it, waking up is hard to do! Just ask any toddler! The alarm goes off, you have to be somewhere, no time to enjoy a nice breakfast or shower; you’re too busy trying to move as quickly as possible and transform yourself from a puffy eyed zombie who looks like it just stuck its finger in a very powerful electric socket into something that might get through the front door at your place of employment without alarming security. While it may just seem like stressful mornings are just an accepted part of life, they can really impact your productivity and mental and physical health.
One of the most commonly recommended ways to get your morning routine to gather is by “habit stacking;” that is a thoughtfully implemented program that lets you get things done in the morning by using one habit as a trigger for another. Here’s an example of what this might look like.
Wake Up Early
If you want to have any chance at a less neurotic morning, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have enough time to appreciate it. You should begin gradually to set your alarm 5 minutes earlier each day until you reach your desired time. This will help your body to adapt more comfortably to your new schedule.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed is a “keystone habit” in the implementation of “habit stacking.” It is more symbolic than imperative. It will show you that you can positively accomplish your first task of the morning and will trigger the ability to perform similar positive actions for the rest of the day.
Exercise is a great morning activity because it helps to get you energized. It also gets your endorphins pumping which will put you in a good and more relaxed mood for dealing with unexpected events. You can adjust your wake up time to accommodate the amount of exercise you want to do.
What would morning be without breakfast? Par for the course, you say? Think again. Exercise is another “keystone habit” leading naturally to a healthy breakfast. You can scramble an egg in the microwave in less than 30 seconds or embrace your new health habits with a veggie smoothie.
Try writing down three daily goals and visualize yourself doing them. That way, you will achieve faster results by having played out strategies in a real world setting.
Meditate for five minutes to help you to focus and achieve peace of mind.
Connect With Family
Being among family always reminds us how important we are and how loved we are. How can this not be a great way to start your morning?