How to make the most out of your morning - 5 good habits to try
Each morning means the beginning of another opportunity for an amazing day. With that being said, it is up to you to make that amazing day happen for yourself. It can be easy to get caught up in all that the rest of your day may bring, but it is important to take time for yourself before the day begins. Here are some things I do that I have found helpful when getting ready for the day ahead, and I hope they can be just as helpful for you as they are for me.
Love, Lauren xo
Something I have recently gotten into the habit of doing as soon as I wake up is meditating. It is extremely good for clearing your mind, reflecting on thoughts and emotions, as well as it is a great method of dealing with anxiety. A mediation does not have to be long in order to be helpful. When first starting out, if you find it hard to meditate for 15 minutes, try 10 minutes instead. If 10 minutes is too much, try 5. It does not have to be the exact same length every day. The key to keeping this habit is to simply show up each day and at least try. There are many wonderful guided meditations on Spotify that I like to use. I have made a playlist of some of my favourite guided meditations as well as calm music that is great for beginners, and is linked below.
Sunlight and fresh air
Getting sunlight first thing in the morning is so good for you. It can help boost serotonin levels as well as reduce stress levels. Vitamin D in itself is important for humans, so getting in the sun even for couple minutes in the morning is a great way to get some. It can also be amazing to feel the warm sun on your skin and fresh air enter your body. Going for a morning walk or jog is another great way of getting both sun and fresh air. Of course not every day will have perfect weather, but on the days where you are able to take in the beautiful sun, take advantage of those opportunities.
For some, it can be easy to forget about eating breakfast. This is not the best habit to get into. As I am sure you have heard at some point in your life, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and this has been deemed to be quite true in a lot of cases. While of course eating throughout the rest of your day is important, it is equally important to feed your body in the A.M. Here are some things to think about including in your future breakfasts if you haven't already.
The foods listed above are not the only things you can include in your breakfasts, see them simply as suggestions. Remember, everybody is different, so make sure you listen to your body and know your own personal needs. This is quite helpful to consider when creating meals for yourself.
Listening to music
If there is one thing to know about me, it is that I have an undeniable love for music. It can improve just about any situation for me. I find listening to music in the mornings immediately improves my mood and puts me in a good headspace to begin my day with. Whether you have a big speaker, headphones, earbuds, simply a phone speaker, try listening to some music you enjoy and watch it brighten your day. Below, I have linked my Spotify which is where I keep all of my different playlists that absolutely anyone is welcome to listen to.
I used to find myself continuously falling in and out of the habit of journaling, as sometimes I simply forgot about it, however, when I do journal, I find it quite helpful for a couple reasons. It is a great way to clear your mind and get all your thoughts down on paper. I find myself more at peace with any anxious feelings after writing about them for a little while. It also helps keep my ideas and lists together so I don't forget about anything. There usually is not one specific thing I journal about. I could write about something that recently happened in my life, about my feelings, a thought that I had, a plan, a to do list, quite literally anything on my mind. A good way that I found to get back into the habit of journaling every day is keeping it somewhere you will see it like your desk or nightstand and making a point of picking it up even if you only write a few sentences.
If you have read this far, thank you. I hope these simple tips can help elevate your very own routine however you decide to incorporate them.