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Creating a morning routine: 11 tips for the perfect start to the day

Creating a morning routine: 11 tips for the perfect start to the day

European Business Listicle 49/2018

To ensure you leave the house in the right frame of mind each morning, it can be helpful to adopt some daily rituals. Take the stress out of getting ready and decide on the right morning routine for you to kick off each day the right way. We have prepared a list of 11 tips for the perfect morning routine.

 

1. Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach

Breakfast is widely seen as the most important meal of the day. To start the day brimful with energy you should at least have a snack before you leave for work. Even if it is just a cup of tea or coffee and a small piece of fruit or a yoghurt. Take a few minutes to have breakfast. If your appetite in the morning is larger, you can read the newspaper or a book, or listen to the radio while you eat.

2. Get your blood pumping

Another way of helping you hit the ground running in the morning is to literally go for a run. You don’t have to run a marathon - a 20-minute brisk walk will already have a positive effect on your body and mood. If you normally take the bus or train to work, you could leave the house ten minutes earlier and take the long way to your stop. If you don’t live too far from work, you could leave the car behind and walk or take the bicycle. There is no better way to clear the morning cobwebs from your brain.

3. Get some quality shut-eye

Adults should sleep for between seven and nine hours each night if they want to wake properly rested. Aim to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day. That means, for example, going to bed at 10 pm if you have to be up at 6 o’clock in the morning to go to work. Keep up this rhythm over the long term otherwise your body has to reacclimatize itself too often for a routine to become established. Another tip: Get up as soon as your alarm goes off and avoid the temptation to hit the snooze button.

4. Be aware of your surroundings

Keep your living space clean and tidy. Your bedroom in particular should be clear of clutter. If you are already greeted by chaos when you wake up, you will be immediately reminded of all the housework you have to do. That is no way to start the day.

5. Pick out the next day’s outfit before you go to bed

Everyone is familiar with this problem: Your wardrobe is full to overflowing but you can’t find anything to wear. Instead of wasting time in the morning deciding what to put on, pick out the next day’s outfit the night before. The next morning you can shower safe in the knowledge that you already know what you are going to wear. The same, of course, goes for packing your briefcase or bag.

6. Turn your phone off

Switch your phone to flight mode before you go to bed so that you won’t be disturbed in the night. Don’t check your phone as the first thing you do in the morning. Wash, have breakfast or do some sport. Then you can read your emails, check social media or answer messages. Some messages, and bad news in particular, can impact your day negatively and dampen your whole mood. That can wait until you have woken up properly.

7. Liquid energy shot

Your body is dehydrated after being asleep all night. That is why it is a good idea to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Put a bottle of water and a glass by your bed the night before. To really get your circulation going you can put in a squirt of lemon juice and some ginger.

8. Stop and smell the roses

Take a moment for yourself in the morning. You don’t have to meditate like a yogi but it can help to think about the day ahead and perhaps commit those thoughts to paper. Make a note of things you want or ideas that are swirling around your head. Breathing exercises or saying a little prayer can help get you on an even keel.

9. Don’t forget your mantra

Sometimes things other people have said can be wise and highly motivational. Read inspirational quotes or extracts from books about positive thinking. You can hang postcards with funny slogans or pictures on the fridge, the door or notice board. Look at photos of moments when you were particularly happy or motivated and listen to feel-good music.

10. Don’t neglect your hobbies

Most people have a project lying around that they never get around to finishing. These are often creative endeavours like sewing, painting or craft projects. But even tidying up or rearranging the furniture counts as a creative undertaking. Take five minutes in the morning to set a project goal for the day. Get your craft materials ready or make a plan of what you want to throw away to make sure you spend time on yourself.

11. Set goals

Set goals for yourself. Do you want to fly somewhere exotic next year, buy yourself a new car or a new wardrobe? Put a little change aside each day in a special money box. Put the money box somewhere visible so you can see it filling up from day to day.

 

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