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Your Morning Routine Should Always Include These Things

According to almost every expert you talk to, the first 30 minutes of the day set the tone for the rest of it. Making sure your mornings are full of positive intentions and actions is one of the most important ways to stay on top of your physical and mental health and give you the energy and clarity you need for the day ahead. Here’s what to include and why.

Movement is non negotiable

Moving your body triggers the release of endorphins which helps you feel good. It’s a good opportunity to have some device free time to think things through if you need to. On the flip side it’s also a great chance to just enjoy not thinking about anything other than the activity in hand.

Practise mindfulness

Not reaching for your phone first thing is definitely easier said than done but if you can avoid it and instead use those ten minutes to practise a little mindfulness, whether it’s breathwork, meditation or journaling, you’ll reap the rewards and feel calmer and more positive.

Make your bed

As well as helping to signify the end of sleep time and the start of a new day, you’ll be thankful you have a tidy and inviting bed to get into at the end of the day. Creating an appealing bedtime routine is an important part of good sleep hygiene and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Drink a big glass of water

Replenishing your fluids as soon as you can when you wake is not only important from a health perspective (helping you feel less groggy and more full of energy), but starting good habits as early as possible will make sticking to them easier and more likely.

Get outside as soon as you can

We all know daylight is helpful in resetting our body’s circadian rhythm so the more exposure to daylight the better and, the earlier the better too. As well as putting you in a better mood, it increases energy and in turn helps you sleep better.

Listen to music

A powerful mood enhancer, listening to something upbeat and fast paced gets your brain and body going and helps set the right mood for the day.

Plot out your day

Breaking down the day’s tasks into realistic sections and prioritising them can help alleviate any stress that you might be feeling about the day ahead. Often if things seem overwhelming, it can be hard to even start them but breaking them down into important projects, shorter tasks and maintenance tasks helps to make them seem less scary and insurmountable.