Healthy Morning Habits For A Happier You
I’m going to be honest here, I’m a seasonal morning person.
In the winter I find it increasingly hard to get out of bed when it’s dark, cold and miserable. I just want to stay cocooned in my blanket with a hot cup of tea.
However, in the summer it’s like i’m a completely different person. As soon as I see rays of sunshine through my curtains in the early am I bounce out of bed, full of energy and excited for a beautiful day. What’s the give?
Morning Tips For A Healthy lifestyle
Wake up Earlier
There’s nothing worse than rushing in the morning. It starts your day off with negative energy that’s more likely to snowball throughout the day.
Waking up slightly earlier than usual gives you more time to do your routine, less rushing about and more time enjoying a hot drink because you’re ahead of schedule. Job well done.
This winter i’ve tried to set my alarm half an hour earlier (yes the snooze button was hit a few times) drag myself downstairs and make a matcha. I then return to my bed, pillows plumped up and read the news/whatever I fancy on my tablet. I find this gives my mind a chance to wake up, it also makes me feel calmer and collected.
Takeaway tip: Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier and gradually increase it to half an hour over the week. See how you feel and let me know!
Don’t be put off by thinking you need to do some kind of HIIT (high intensive interval training) session! Yoga is amazing for the body as well as the mind and the perfect way to start the day.
If you’ve got the energy for a quick morning workout that’s great, if not then try it anyway… after all, exercise releases endorphines making you happier and more awake! Go for a gentle jog or walk for 10-20 minutes in the fresh air.
Takeaway tip: If you’re new to yoga why not watch some youtube tutorials for beginners? They’re free and really informative! Prepare your exercise/yoga gear the night before so it’s nice & easy for you to put on first thing (no excuses!).
Remember the post I wrote about embracing mindfulness? I talked about the importance of gratitude in everyday life and the benefits of being more thankful for what we take for granted.
Writing down the things you’re grateful for make you realise just how lucky you are. Realising that you’re so lucky to have the things many others lack will give you a new sense of appreciation for the day ahead.
Takeaway tip: Write 10 things every morning that you’re grateful for, be it loving family and friends or that it’s a beautiful day.
Ask Yourself This Question
Ok so this is quite a hard-hitting question (especially for first thing in the morning!).
“If today was the last day of your life, would you still want to do what you’re about to do today?”
If you find yourself saying no frequently it’s time for a change. If your job is making you down then look for other opportunities to train or apply for something you’re passionate about. You’re worth so much more than this.
Your happiness is so important, waking up with negative energy and hating what you have to spend your day doing is no way to live your life. Life is precious so make yours outstanding.
Takeaway tip: Identify what’s making you say ‘no’ and write down bitesize solutions to help you get on the right track to a happier future.
Visualizing your day can help you map out the perfect path to follow. Be it planning what tasks in work to conquer first to which chores to tackle at home.
Knowing when to take a breather and which important things need to get done first will make your day more manageable and less stressfull.
Takeaway tip: Take 10 minutes in the morning to plan the direction of your day, try tackling the harder stuff first when you have more energy and mental clarity.
The importance of meditation in everyday life is more important than ever in this digitally crowded world. Taking time for yourself is vital for a healthy lifestyle.
Relax your mind for a few minutes, focus on the present and how you’re feeling. Understanding the inner workings of your mind will allow you to deal with stressful situations much better.
Takeaway tip: Spend a few minutes each morning meditating and connecting with yourself on a higher level. Start with 2 minutes and slowly increase it, let me know how you feel after.
Try to incorporate these into your morning routine, one at a time. Let me know how you get on!
Have you got any questions or advice to share about healthy morning habits? Let loose in the comment section below!