Perfect Your Morning Routine in 4 Steps
It’s easy to let the morning run away from us in a blur of snoozed alarms and rushed cups of coffee. Luckily, there’s an easy way to regain control over your morning and set up for a happier day.
A good morning routine can increase your productivity, help you squeeze in some exercise and prepare for a busy day ahead. It can also be a mindfulness practice, giving you the opportunity to take stock of your emotions, to slow down and return to the moment.
There’s a world of advice out there, so we’re taking it back to basics with these four essential pillars for healthier, happier mornings.
4 Ways to Start Your Morning
Avoid the snooze button
We did say we were taking it back to basics! Getting out of the bed is an obvious first step, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. To get the most out of any morning routine, turning off the snooze button is a fundamental place to start.
According to sleep researcher Dr Reena Mehra, the 5 -10 minutes of snooze time won’t be a restorative sleep and can leave you feeling disorientated and stressed. Decide how much time you need to get ready, and be sure you set your alarm to the right time.
Check in with yourself
Do you ever feel tempted to check in on your social media world before you check in with yourself? You’re not alone! Around 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of checking social media in order to perk yourself up and distract yourself from the difficulty of waking up early, but studies have shown that it can lead to a decreased ability to focus and increased anxiety.
On the other hand, journaling first thing in the morning helps you explore any residual emotions from the day before, process your thoughts and manage your priorities for the day ahead.
You can explore Halo’s guided Moments such as Morning Pages for reflection and productivity, or Relaxing Mornings to center yourself and find peace. Use this time to turn your gaze inwards and set up for a happier day ahead.
Move your body
If you struggle to feel alert in the morning, getting some movement in can make all the difference. Whether it’s a workout or a quick wake-up stretch, moving your body is an essential self-care practice and it works as an energy boost! A light walk, yoga stretch or even a quick dance can wake up your muscles as well as your mind, and is an easy way to get a few more minutes of activity into your day.
Even if you’re not feeling it before you start, exercise releases mood-boosting endorphins which will leave you feeling happier and more energized. Start small with 10 minutes each morning and notice how it makes you feel!
A bite to eat
A nourishing breakfast can help you feel energized, and influence you to keep making healthy choices throughout the day ahead. Whether you wake up hungry or need some time to wake up, make fuelling your body a priority and you will likely feel better for it. Healthy smoothies, oatmeal and eggs are all quick and healthy options!
Tips for getting started:
Ironically, a perfect morning routine doesn’t happen overnight. Try taking small steps to increase your healthy habits in the morning. Rather than getting up 2 hours earlier tomorrow, try shifting your wakeup to 15 minutes earlier per week to help your body adjust.
Prepare the night before
There’s nothing better than waking up and having your morning routine ready to go. Prepare the night before by rolling out your yoga mat, preparing your clothes or making sure you have everything you need for a delicious breakfast.
Shift your bedtime
If you have decided to dedicate more time to your morning ritual, it makes sense to shift your bedtime too. Getting 7 - 9 hours of sleep per night is key to feeling energized and happier during the day.
The best way to make your routine work is by experimenting with different techniques. Don’t be afraid to try out new things and shake up your routine! For example, if you find that a morning workout makes you feel drained, switch it up for some light stretching or a quick walk.
Pay attention to your surroundings
Your surroundings can make all the difference and even make you look forward to getting up! Turn on some peaceful music, brew coffee or make your bed to bring some energy and joy to your mornings.