Your entire day is often determined by the first few hours after waking up. If you’ve ever woken up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed, you’ll know this well. However, you can take control of your day simply by changing your morning routine to be more peaceful and productive. Conquer your day, no matter what side of the bed you woke up on, by incorporating these steps into your morning each day.
Wash your face.
A splash of cold water right after you wake up will shock you out of your slumber instantly. It will also refresh you, tighten up your pores, and get you ready to start your day.
Do stress-inducing tasks as soon as you get up.
This includes everything from answering an email you’ve been putting off to doing your bills. If you’re likely to push aside important things throughout the day, get them done just as you’re starting your day. Getting them out of the way will ensure a much less stressful day.
Make time for breakfast.
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but you don’t have to go all out every morning to have enough energy for the day. A small meal of fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt is enough to keep your body from going into starvation mode and lowering your metabolism. Plus, you’ll be less likely to snack on junk food throughout the day.
Sweat it out.
A trip to the gym or a run around the block every morning will boost your endorphins for the day and give you the boost of energy you need for even the most stressful day. A workout after a cup of coffee will also burn even more calories than a normal workout.
Plan your day.
Before you go to bed each night, be sure to plan the following day. Write down errands you must run, tasks at work you must complete, and any events you may be attending. In the morning, review your to-do list before leaving the house. This will center your day around what’s important and keep you focused.
Stretch it out.
Get on the floor and stretch out anything that may be bothering you. Even the most basic stretches will help both your body and mind prepare for the day ahead.
Think about everything you’re thankful for and take time for gratitude every morning. Put your problems into perspective by focusing on the good things in your life and carry that perspective into the rest of your day.