We can’t all be morning people! Our wellness blogger Kendall shares her thoughts on how to create a positive morning routine
Create a Positive Morning Routine
If you’re anything like me, you are not a morning person. Those people that skip out of bed at 6, 7, or even 8am, I envy you. I seriously have never been a morning person.
It just isn’t my thing.
At night I lay in bed and think about all the exciting things I can do the next day. I feel motivated, ready to thrive and excited to wake up. And then I wake up. And all I want is 5 more minutes in bed. By 5 more minutes, I mean an hour. Anyone else?
No matter who you are, early bird, night owl, or somewhere in between (maybe a bit of both?), creating a morning routine is so useful. It increases productivity, boosts your motivation and gets you up and moving!
It has really helped my overall headspace, especially during these uncertain times. Try it for a week and you'll see. Even my sleep is better now!
While an extremely important factor, I'm not counting it as one of my top tips as you don't do it in the morning. Still, worth mentioning. Get a good night's sleep. I'm sure I don't need to convince you on this one? Even so, a lot of people neglect their sleep. You really can't expect to be your best self if you're not letting your body recharge. It's that simple. Find what works for you, but somewhere between 6-9 hours is usually about right.
Since starting my Yoga Teacher Training with BeWell, I have made a very conscious effort at starting my day off right. To get the most from the course, I personally wanted to be organised, prepared and raring to learn! Having a plan for the day and a few specific things I know make me feel good and positive have really shifted my productivity. Even just over the last few weeks, I have felt more motivated than ever. I will definitely continue this routine even once I have completed the training.
1. Write a to-do list
I won't lie. I LOVE a to-do list. It makes me feel so much more prepared. To be able to see clearly, what I want to accomplish in a day. It literally makes my day. And I'm not even exaggerating.
I like to pop down anything that I definitely need to get done in that day alongside a couple things I hope to achieve. Maybe a run, something creative, just something for me. Don’t overdo it though. If it's not realistic, it's not going to work.
2. Do one thing that makes you feel good
This varies and I'd say it is perhaps worth playing with to see what makes you feel positive. I like to wake up, open my curtains and windows to get some fresh air and go straight for breakfast.
These are a few ideas of things to do as soon as you wake up:
Open the curtains
Drink a glass of water
Jump straight in the shower
There's no right way here, and I could do with some new things to try so if there's anything that always helps you get out of bed feeling fresh, I'd love to hear it below!
3. Eat a nutritious breakfast
If you knew me a few years ago you would probably think I am the biggest hypocrite. I was a don’t-have-time-for-breakfast person. What was I thinking? Where did I learn that craziness?
You always have time for breakfast. And if you don’t have time, you NEED to make time. Trust me. Get up, have a good, balanced and healthy breakfast.
Your body needs fuel. So, fuel it. I usually go for yoghurt, granola and fruit, if you're looking for inspiration!
I think we can all agree that feeling good and optimistic in the morning is what we all want. Take a few simple steps to improve your mornings and wake up on the right side of the bed, every morning. Ok, let's be realistic, it might not be every morning. But most mornings are a good place to start!