We all want to live healthy, happy, and productive life. So, we think of ways how to make each day count. We strive to make every waking moment worthwhile and meaningful. In order to do so, some might think of big changes. Like buying new appliances, moving into a new apartment, or a vacation. These things can indeed make a difference in someone’s life. But many of us don’t realize that simple things matter such as morning routines. They do not just set the tone for the rest of your day but also help you to have a more positive outlook. Here is a list of 10 simple morning habits that will change your life:
Making the bed first thing after waking up
This simple morning act will definitely improve the quality of your day. As the saying goes, “The way we do one thing is the way we do everything”. It only means that discipline in all aspects of life is the key to success. Making our bed as soon as we wake up gives us a sense of satisfaction (and won’t give us the temptation to go back to bed and continue our slumber.)
Opening the blinds to get natural light exposure
Having access to daylight can make us feel more awake, put us in a better mood and improve our health and wellbeing. So opening the windows is a great way to start your day!
Drinking water right after waking up
After going several hours without water, drinking a glass first thing in the morning can hydrate the body. It also aids in digestion and metabolism. We all know that water is an essential nutrient. The organs and tissues in our body depend on it to function. Make sure to grab a glass of water or 2 in the morning before drinking your cup of coffee or tea.
Doing a load of laundry
While waiting for your kettle to boil for your oh-so-needed coffee, why not use the time for a quick house chore. Try putting a load of laundry in the washing machine. Accomplish at least one thing around the house instead of browsing through your phone. You’ll have lesser chores to do when you come home from work at the end of the day.
Doing your skincare routine
Our skin goes through a lot every day. Sun exposure, sweat, pollution, and dirt can all make us feel and look tired and haggard at the end of each day. Protecting your skin by doing your skincare routine every morning is important. Having healthy and protected skin can also boost your confidence so you are ready to face any challenges that come your way.
Avoiding screen time right after getting up
Whether we admit it or not, it is so tempting to reach for our phones and start scrolling through different apps, especially social media. However, this can really affect our productivity for the rest of the day. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and distracted. What might be just a quick five-minute browse can quickly turn into thirty or more minutes. This in return, can set back our morning routine.
The temptation to use our phones as soon as we wake up might be hard to avoid but we can start with simple changes in our habit. If you usually spend 30 minutes on your phone, try to reduce the time to 15 minutes, until you can completely avoid screentime in the morning.
Watering your plants every morning
Plants are beneficial to us in so many ways that most of us might not realize. Keeping a plant in your home cleans the air and promotes quality sleep. It also helps improve our general wellbeing. Watering your plants in the morning as part of your chores or before you leave for work can help you feel calmer and more relaxed, thus decreasing levels of anxiety.
Staying active – meditate or exercise
Meditation is a great way to bring harmony between body and mind. Set aside a few minutes every morning to focus on your breathing. Twenty minutes of meditation will help you stay focused, cheerful, and optimistic for the whole day.
Exercise on the other hand fires off endorphins and gets the blood flowing to our brains. Being active every morning puts you in a positive mindset, and it gives you an energy boost to be more productive.
Eating a healthy breakfast
Make sure to fuel your mind and body with a healthy meal before you start your day. No time to make breakfast? Prepare them before you go to sleep at night. Try to bag up some chopped fruit and vegetables for smoothies in the morning. You can also make pancakes and freeze them so you can heat them up when you wake up.
Taking your daily dose of CBD
Taking supplements every day is very important. They provide additional nutrients that may be lacking from the food or drinks we intake. Studies show that taking them in the morning with a meal helps with better absorption, plus it won’t affect your sleep.
Cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, and CBN are not considered supplements according to FDA but they support both mental and physical wellbeing. Although each of them offers its own health benefits, their calming effects help you stay centered and grounded. They also help you feel more relaxed as you go about your day.
Spending some quality time with your family
Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Before your family members start their day, make sure to spend some quality time with them. You can do this during breakfast, by going for a quick run or doing chores around the house together.
Your morning routines not just set the tone for the day but also defines the quality of your life. So start the day right with simple morning habits that will change your life for the better.