Starting your day can be quite a hustle. Having to wake up to the sound of your alarm clock, especially when you’ve had little sleep, can start the stress cycle all over again. And since the first hour of the day dictates how the remaining hours will go, it is necessary that you take hold of it.
Morning people are successful people; hence, securing a working routine that leaves you energized and properly motivated to commence the day is one bold step in the right direction. HowAfrica has put together a list of morning routines that will make you own your day.
Plan your day
Each day is loaded with its own requirements, burdens, decisions to be made and countless constraints to surpass. In order to not only achieve the goals for the day but also stay in control of the day, it is essential to create a daily plan or a “to-do” list.
A “to-do” list is a list of all the tasks that you need to carry out for the day, helping you plan your day bases on your priorities. It should be written down in one place so you can tick each goal as you meet it. Planning your day gives you a sense of organization, helping you take on the day to win it.
A glass of water
Drinking water as soon as you get up, before eating anything, is a good way to purify your internal system. The benefits of drinking water are numerous. It causes one’s skin to glow, cures many illnesses, aids weight loss, purifies the colon, helps the kidneys and fuels your brain amongst others.
A glass of water first thing in the morning also energizes your muscles and allows you start the day with vigor. Aside these many therapeutic benefits, it leaves you feeling refreshed!
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that work major wonders. When said, they calm your body, release stress and give you the large doses of confidence required to carry out your daily activities. In essence, they become the thoughts that create your reality.
Speak your affirmations as soon as you start your day to set the tone of your day. Just write out positive thoughts on what you want, and let the environment work in favor of them.
Some affirmations include: “Today is going to be a great day”; “I am a success”; “My business is growing, expanding, and thriving.”
Finally, above all, maintain a positive attitude at all times. Starting the day with the right mindset is one of the best ways to ensure your day has the right aura. Avoid carrying on the problems of yesterday to the new day so as not to continue the cycle of frustration.
Award-winning author, Sheun Oke, in her book “SuperGirl 2 SuperWoman,” encourages us to start the day with a smile. This simple choice of disposition will have a ripple effect that positively influences your day, easing you from stress and leaving you healthier and happier.
Take time for breakfast!
Breakfast, as we are constantly told, is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
A small, healthy breakfast containing protein and/or whole grains is all it takes to start the day on the right foot. Heavy meals should be avoided, however, so as not to slow you down or make you sleepy, thereby defeating its initial purpose.