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Build a healthy morning routine in just 7 steps
It is important to have a daily morning routine it will help you stay organized in the morning. A morning routine decreases the frantic energy that a person creates when they are rushed to get things done or can’t remember what they needed to do, it will decrease the unnecessary stress in your day.
It will create order in your morning, you will have more than enough time to get things done in the morning and create a healthier happier you for university!
I have 7 steps to my daily morning routine:
1. Wake up earlier
I try to wake up early this allows me to have more than enough time to get ready for the day as well as start and even finish some of my tasks for the day. Waking up earlier decreases my sense of urgency (which creates stress) because I am aware I have more than enough time to get ready for the day and have time to spare. It also allows for me to be able to complete the following 7 steps of my daily morning routine.
You don’t need to make a drastic change, start slowly by waking up 15 – 30 minutes earlier than you usually do. Easing into certain habits makes it easier to turn them into daily routines and not just every once in a while occurrences. Waking up earlier also means going to sleep early, waking early and sleeping late won’t work for too long one of the two will have to give and you don’t want it to be waking early.
2. Hydrate (Warm water with ¼ lemon)
Hydration is a very important it aids in controlling your body temperature and adding lemon will help with digestion. Starting your day hydrated I have found helps me remember to hydrate throughout the day; also as students dehydration does not benefit the mind. Running from class to class getting school work done we end up getting absorbed in all the daily to-do and forget to take care of ourselves. Keeping the body hydrated will ensure that you are able to get your daily to-do list done without crashing.
3. Make bed
This is a small task that makes a big impact. I’ve realized by making my bed in the morning it is like a mental check of I will be productive today. It removes some mental stress because you have decluttered your space which in turn lowers stress. It also leads to a sense accomplishment to start off the day. I highly recommend making your bed in the morning you definitely notice a positive change this small deed will create.
This may be a bit funny to many people, but I have found it very helpful. We live in a world that pulls our attention from one thing to another in the span of a second. Our mind is always jumping focus between the many technologies we have access too. I have realized that meditation helps me focus my mind it has helped me zone into tasks that I need to complete and also have the patience to complete the tasks. You can find guided meditation videos on YouTube to get you started. In the morning after making my bed I like to take about 5 – 10 minutes to meditate. Even the smallest increment of time that you take to focus and clear your mind will be very helpful in getting through your daily activities and be the most productive that you can be.
5. Daily Goals/To-Do list
I like making a to-do list with things I would/need to complete today. Sometimes I like to do this the night before, the benefit of making a to-do list it empties your brain out of all the things you need to remember and leaves more room for you too actually get those things done. It also allows you to prioritize what needs to get done first.
For myself I like to make a top three list of the things I know I want to complete for today. If I complete only these three things for the day I will be happy. After that I will list out whatever else I would like to get done if I can. Making a to-do list will just set you up to be more productive and organized for the day ahead.
Exercising is very important, and you don’t even have to go to the gym or do a complete 1 hour workout. The benefits of working out are very high. By working out you release endorphins into your bloodstream. Endorphins make you feel good and full of energy and who doesn’t want an extra boost of energy to start the day off.
There are several 7-minute workout apps that you can download from the app store. Just exercising for 7-minutes will make a positive difference on your demeanor and health.
Now this last step is the most important step in a healthy morning routine: eating breakfast! It is so important to start your day off by nourishing your body. As students we are always on the go and the fact that we ate our last meal the previous night it is important that we fuel up to have a productive day. I like to prepare my breakfast the night before by making overnight oats so in the morning all I have to-do is take it out of the fridge to eat. I also like to make a lot of oatmeal on the weekend so that I can have it throughout the week and just add different toppings to change it up. That way all I have to-do in the morning is heat up the oatmeal. A bowl of cereal with milk is also a great option as long as you are making sure to have breakfast in the morning before starting your day.
Now I know what you’re thinking: how can I possibly complete all 7 steps in the morning there is not enough time, I have so much to do. But it is completely possible to do all of this. It is important to remember in order be a good student you need to be healthy. I am not saying that these are the 7 steps you should have in your morning routine. Take what you like and apply it; make it work for you so that you are happier and healthier.
Harmeet K. Jaswal is a 3rd year business student. She is a vegetarian and food enthusiast, as well as a planner addict. In her spare time she likes to watch YouTube videos on planning.