With many of us still working and studying from home, getting up and having a productive day can become challenging. How we plan our mornings can be a game-changer for a successful day. Having a consistent morning routine can provide a sense of control and structure. In this article we provide the ultimate morning routine for success. Whether you are a student or are working from home, these tips are sure to set you up for a productive day.
This may seem like an obvious suggestion when we aren’t in a pandemic. However, when working or studying from home, it can be super easy to stay in your pj’s all day. Wearing fresh clothes can help you feel rejuvenated and ready to face the day, which makes all the difference! Instead of staying in your clothes from the night before, opt for a new outfit even if you don’t plan on leaving the house.
When working from home it can be really tempting to let go of the self-care regimens we had when we were leaving the house more. Having a consistent skincare routine is a great way to reduce stress and wake ourselves up. Even if you aren’t wearing a full face of makeup every day, continuing to clean and moisturize your skin will help you feel prepared and confident. Plus, it’s also a great way to take time for yourself during the day.
Fresh air is vital for good mental and physical health. Vitamin D and better lung health are just some of the physical benefits. Sunshine is also proven to increase the brain’s release of serotonin, a hormone that stabilizes our mood and feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Busy days working from home sometimes don’t allow time to get outside during the day. If you know you have a tight schedule, allow yourself a few minutes in the morning to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Move Your Body
Although it can be tempting to hit snooze on the alarm clock and opt for an extra few minutes of sleep, starting your day with exercise has tons of benefits. Exercise has been proven to reduce fatigue and increase energy especially for those who work in sedentary jobs. Yoga, running, or simply taking a short walk are all ways you help your body and mind prepare for the day. Plus, your overall health and wellness will be so glad you incorporated these small steps to achieve the amazing long term benefits!
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Here are 3 videos to help kick start your day! The first is a 5-minute workout, the second is a 10-minute yoga full stretch workout and the third is a 15-minute full-body workout that is sure to wake you up in the morning!
Mindfulness and relaxation have many health benefits and are great ways to start the day. Meditation can help reduce stress and negative emotions. It can increase self-awareness, creativity, and patience, and has even been proven to lengthen attention span. Allowing yourself at least 5 minutes in the morning to meditate will not only set you up for a successful day but will improve your long term mental and physical health. This is a great way to start your day away from technology and the overwhelmingly busy aspects of your phone like social media as well!
Fuel Your Body
They often say breakfast “is the most important meal of the day” and that is for a very good reason. Obviously there are tons of physical benefits to eating a healthy breakfast, but it is also essential for productivity during the day. A hearty breakfast has been proven to improve concentration and memory and helps to increase your blood sugar that your brain needs to function. There are tons of quick and easy recipes available online that you can try out and even meal prep to save on time in the morning. Take some time to research a variety of healthy and delicious options here. Just make sure you have more than a cup of coffee for breakfast, your brain and your body will definitely thank you!
Plan Your Day
Writing down a loose schedule to follow when you have multiple tasks and responsibilities can provide structure to your day. Try to be honest and realistic with what is achievable. It can be overwhelming and discouraging when the end of the day comes and you haven’t met half the things you wrote down. If you have multiple things to do, try highlighting your priorities so you aren’t disappointed when you can’t meet everything on the list.
Developing a morning routine that works for you and your lifestyle is a major step to improving your mental and physical health. Whatever your morning routine looks like, having consistent structure in your day can do wonders for your productivity and success. We hope at least a few of these tips are able to help you with creating a successful morning routine that will keep you going for the next few months ahead. Be sure to let us know which ones you’ll be trying first!