Morning Routine #bebetter52

morning-routine.png

Morning Routine #bebetter52

Muslim cleric Mufti Ismail once said, “Each morning comes with renewed hope, another chance and a great opportunity to do better than we did yesterday.” We couldn’t agree more. Although sometimes it’s difficult to wake up in the morning and feel motivated to start the day, it is important to know that creating an exciting routine that highlights your own needs and desires is vital for health.

This week’s Be Better challenge is to create a morning routine. Specifically, wake up fifteen minutes before you typically do and complete a task that will benefit you.

Here are some morning routines that may get your day off to a successful start. Wake up 15 minutes early and:

  • Sit outside in the fresh air and journal.
  • Drink a big glass of water or tea while listening to music.
  • Move your body by walking around the block or doing a few yoga poses.
  • Mindfully eat a nutritious breakfast.
  • Brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush, floss, and paint your nails.

 

Research reveals that we are most productive first thing in the morning. Instead of wasting this precious morning time on email or social media sites, we suggest another route. Every night, write down three crucial tasks you would like to accomplish the following day. Then, utilizing that list, you can begin the morning with a clear vision of what needs to get done.

According to a report from IDC Research, 89 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking up, and the percentage for all age groups was enormously high as well. This can serve as a huge distraction and subtract time we have for completing healthy morning tasks.

A piece in Fast Company explains how 10 of the most successful people in the world have started their days. They range from playing tennis to reading poetry. Check out their ideas if you want inspiration.

Whatever you decide on for your morning routine, make sure it is something you enjoy and look forward to. If our mornings are rushed and chaotic, we often feel less in control of our days. You can switch up your morning routine every week, or even every day. Take some time to reflect on which routines work best for you, and adjust future routines accordingly.

Focus on establishing a morning routine that will excite you over and over. Molli Sullivan explains her take on this: “I’ve found that the first thirty minutes of my day have the biggest impact on how I feel for the rest of my waking hours.”

Next time that you complain about having to wake up, think of how lucky you are to have a brand new day in front of you. A morning means another day to leave love everywhere you go and touch the lives of people you encounter. Changing our thoughts can change our world.


MORE ON MORNING ROUTINES: