More often than not, your mood in the morning sets the pace for the whole day. When you wake up on the right side of the bed, you feel energetic and ready to take on anything thrown at you for the day. Other days, you don't feel like getting out of bed, and even when you do, you're all grumpy and lazy. Well, experts say that your morning habits can determine the direction the rest of your day takes. Here are four small practices you can imbibe to ensure you don't start the day on the wrong foot.
Make Your Bed
Yes, we know it's a chore but trust us, it'll help you get started on the day. Getting up and making your bed first thing in the morning will make you feel accomplished as you've done the first task of the day. And that can easily be followed by the next one and the next till the end of the day. It also makes your mind and space less cluttered, thereby encouraging good sleeping hygiene increasing productivity.
Have a Checklist for Getting Ready
It's easier to get things accomplished when you know what you're doing, and that's easily done when you have a list of your morning routine. Sometimes, morning fatigue sets in, and you're unable to follow through with basic processes, but when it's the same step-by-step pattern, you go through them on autopilot even with your eyes closed.
Set Your Phone Aside
Many of us are guilty of this. The alarm rings, we wake up, and the first thing we do is pick up our phones. We log on to our social media pages and get stuck online for the next few hours. When we finally drop the phone, we don't feel so energetic or ready to start the day.
According to experts, we're in a generally relaxed mode when we wake up but picking up that tiny device; we’re exposed to potential stressors, such as news notifications, texts that demand our immediate attention, and bank-account balance. Staying off the phone will delay the stress we feel for the day.
Morning Workout...or Just Stretch
As much as working out is one of the top recommendations to start your day with, according to experts, not everyone is a workout person. However, a good stretch will go a long way in making you feel refreshed in the morning. You don't have to go on full-on workout mode or yoga routine before you can get the blood flowing. However, it's essential to know how to stretch correctly, so you don't end up with injuries as your body might be stiff in the morning.