Have you ever imagined what your perfect morning would look like?
Maybe it includes enjoying a fresh cup of coffee in your kitchen, grateful for another day. Maybe it’s spending time with your family, eating breakfast together. Or maybe you’re in a quiet café, working on your goals.
How you spend your mornings sets the stage for your entire day. So take a couple of minutes to yourself, energize your body with the right foods, and get moving. Start a new day with a fresh mindset and leave procrastination in the past.
Here are 5 easy ways to kick-start your day and feel happier and more productive.
When you feel groggy in the morning, don’t rush to get out of bed. Open the windows, take a second to sit in silence, and observe your surroundings.
Don’t reach for your phone to check email or social media. Keep electronics in another room and get an alarm clock to wake you up instead.
Take care of your own well-being first. The world can wait.
Eating the right breakfast can do wonders for your focus and productivity.
In the morning, your body needs proteins and complex carbohydrates to keep you full until lunch. A bowl of oatmeal with fruits or avocado egg toast are great nutrient-packed breakfast options.
After breakfast, make a cup of your favorite coffee and enjoy, allowing the rich flavor and enticing aromas to awaken all of your senses.
Mornings are a time for self-reflection, setting goals, and making to-do lists.
Start by writing down the 3 most important tasks of the day. The best time to complete them is before noon, when you’re the most productive. Once you’re done with the top three you can add more items to the list.
This simple practice will improve your focus and help you accomplish more things in less time.
Get in the right state of mind before starting your day. Listen to a motivational podcast, read a book or write in a journal to help your mind reset.
Another way to prepare for the day ahead is to practice meditation. Just 10 minutes of uninterrupted meditation in the morning will sharpen your focus and help you handle any situation with ease.
Lastly, think of at least 3 things you’re grateful for today. If you start your day by focusing on the things you have, your perspective will change completely.
Doing a few simple exercises will get your energy running in the morning.
If you don’t have time for a full workout session, do 20 minutes of Vinyasa, Ashtanga or Power yoga. These yoga styles incorporate fitness elements that help the energy flow freely.
Incorporate a little extra movement by walking or biking to work, or perhaps skipping the elevator and instead take the stairs.
Boost your productivity, crush your goals, and start fresh each day with these 5 simple tips!
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