When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Here are ten things you should do every morning.
Your day can begin better if you started it with meditation or even with some simple breathing. Instead of reaching for your phone or checking email first thing in the morning, take just a few minutes to sit and experience the quiet.
2. Reflect in Gratitude
Begin your day by thinking on what you are grateful for. It will also make you more resilient when challenges occur and help you put drama in perspective.
3. Set Your Daily Intention
Plan your day by focusing on three goals you want to accomplish. Make those goals a priority for the day. When you set about planning your day with intention, you are more likely to feel productive at the end of it.
4. Pad Your Schedule
As you go about setting your daily intentions, pad your schedule to allow yourself to tend to fires as they arise. Padding your schedule with free time will give you a better chance of achieving your goals and may even add some downtime throughout the day.
It will flush your system of toxins, leave you feeling less hungry and reduce headaches throughout the day.
You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t wake up feeling a bit stiff. It isn’t always easy to incorporate exercise into a morning routine.
Studies show that consistent stretching in the morning can increase flexibility, improve circulation, reduce stress throughout your day and improve posture.
7. Listen to Music
Starting your day with upbeat and fun music will not only wake you up but it will fill you with positive energy for your day. According to some studies that have been made in 2013, it shows that music brings us lots of benefits some of them are “mood regulation” and “self-awareness.”
Not only has it been shown to improve your mood but it can end up increasing motivation, performance, and lead to a better night’s sleep too.
Start your day off by smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror. Smiling will have a positive effect on your overall attitude and well-being, even when it starts out a little forced.
9. Clean Up After Yourself
Procrastination around cleaning up after yourself can prevent you from realizing our highest potential and best work. It also allows you to relax fully upon returning home. It is better to pro-actively clean up after yourself than waiting to be called out on it.
10. Do Your Hardest Task First
It might seem enticing to get a bunch of easy things checked off your to-do list, but it has been shown time and time again that doing your hardest task first leads to a more productive and happier day. You are more likely to remember the day as being a good one when your day gets better and is easier over time. The bonus: it helps stop procrastination over the things we like to do the least.