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Do you wake up in the morning and want to head straight back to bed? I know I am…and I am definitely not qualified to give advice on how to use a morning routine. Many people struggle to get motivated in the mornings, and this can get your day off to a negative start. From snoozing the alarm to skipping breakfast when your morning does not go to plan, it can ruin the rest of your day. So, what can be done about this? Well, you may feel like you are not a morning person. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from changing how you start your day.
Introducing a morning routine can be an excellent way to transform not just your mornings but your entire day. Read on to discover the benefits of starting a morning routine and how to create your own:
The Benefits of a Morning Routine
If you are not a morning person, starting a morning routine may not sound very appealing. You may have seen videos on social media of influencers sharing their morning routines and decided it is not for you. However, starting a morning routine can deliver many benefits, some of which may surprise you. Here are some of the many benefits you can enjoy when you introduce a morning routine to your day:
Puts you in control of your day
When you start your day in a panic because you overslept, you lose control of how your day is going. But, setting the intention to wake up at a specific time and follow a routine puts you in charge of your day and sets your intention.
Helps to encourage healthy habits
Sticking with a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. However, when you carry out the same healthy actions each day, they become a habit, which helps them to stick. It can take up to 70 days for a healthy habit to form, so making them part of your morning routine is a big help.
Making your mornings as structured as possible can be a great way to relieve stress. When you always feel you are running late or don’t have enough hours in the day, a morning routine can be especially beneficial. Taking your morning at a steady pace and knowing exactly what you are doing and when you will do it can make your days so much calmer. Starting your day feeling stressed means that these feelings are likely to become progressively worse throughout the day as you come across fresh challenges. So, easing yourself into your day as calmly as possible will bring a lasting feeling of calm that helps you feel ready for whatever the day has in store for you.
Waking up earlier and enjoying a structured start to the day enables you to use your morning more productively. You will find that you have lots more time to get things done without rushing.
How to Create a Morning Routine
Now that you know the benefits of a morning routine, you may wonder how to get started. These tips will provide you with some ideas to help begin your new morning routine:
Prepare the night before
Making preparations in the evening before bed is a great way to get your morning routine off to the best start. Whether you lay out your outfit for the next morning, make the following day’s lunch, or prep the ingredients for your breakfast, it will all help to make your morning easier.
Enjoy a healthy start to the day
Everyone has heard the phrase that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, not all breakfasts are created equal. Ensuring that you not only eat breakfast but that you choose a meal that is both nutritious and delicious is essential. A balanced breakfast will help fuel your day and provide the energy that you need to make it through until lunchtime.
Learning how to make over easy eggs and other filling breakfasts that contain protein will ensure you can cook delicious breakfasts as part of your morning routine. This should help you to make better food choices right through to dinner time.
Stop hitting the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button will leave you very little time to complete your morning routine. So, it is a wise idea to set your alarm a little earlier than usual to give you the very best chance of waking up at your intended time and completing your routine. Getting your day off to a great start will always feel better than a few extra minutes in bed.