Do you aim to make the most of every day? Want to maximize your productivity and positivity? Looking for ways to balance your professional and personal responsibilities, while reducing stress? If you're nodding your head yes, chances are you'll benefit from adopting a morning routine for success.
A healthy morning routine won't happen by itself. But with a bit of effort and planning, and only a small investment of time, it's something you can easily practice each day. Try incorporating one or more of the following ideas to help start every day on the right track.
How to Create A Healthy Morning Routine For Success
Get Your Zs
A successful morning starts the night prior, by getting plenty of sleep. Get to bed early enough that you'll be able to log a solid seven to nine hours, the optimal amount for most adults.
Rather than hit the snooze button to grab some extra shut-eye, use it as a tool in your healthy morning routine. Take those five minutes each morning to lie in bed and think about what the day holds. Focus on one or two things you're looking forward to most, even if there are also tasks that you dread. The positive thoughts will help carry you through the more challenging moments.
Jot it Down
If writing is your thing, a gratitude journal is another great way to establish a morning ritual for success. Set aside a few minutes each morning to reflect and write about the things you're thankful for. It's a sure way to put your strengths into perspective and start the day with a smile.
Begin with Balance
Maybe you're the type to dive into email or check your device first thing every day. Don't beat yourself up if that's the case just be sure to keep things balanced. Check your email, text messages, and social media; then walk the dog or spend some quality tech-free time with your spouse or kids.
Calm and quiet your mind and prepare for a productive day with morning meditation. Even a few minutes of regular practice is enough to reap powerful benefits. And with an array of apps available to help guide you (like Buddhify, Headspace, and more), meditating on your own is easier than ever.
Exercise first thing in the morning to get your blood pumping and boost your energy for the day ahead. Walking, running, bicycling, swimming, weightlifting, jumping rope, and practicing yoga are all exercises that work well as part of a healthy morning routine.
Plot Your Day
Before you get going on your way to work or school, take a few minutes to plan out your day. Make a simple outline of everything you need to accomplish and attend, and be sure to include time for meals and breaks. Creating this "hard copy" of your schedule will help you stay on track, and also alleviate the pressure of trying to remember what you need to do next.
Feed to Function
Your healthy morning routine also calls for healthy fuel to help you function at your best. A protein shake is an ideal way to save time in the morning while ensuring good nutrition. Pick your favorite BlenderBottle shaker and try any of our protein shake recipes for a delicious breakfast on the go. The Rise and Shine Protein Shake is a perfect choice!
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