Research shows that your mood at the beginning of the day can affect the remainder of your day, including the quality and quantity of the work you produce while on the clock. If you’re not a morning person, struggle to radiate positivity once you wake up, or are looking for new ways to add a little zest to your mornings, here are five feel-good rituals to add to your morning routine.
- Express your gratitude
With the hardships, annoyances and inconveniences that life can often throw our way, it can be easy to overlook all of the good things you’ve got going for yourself. If you think hard enough, there are probably at least five things that you should be grateful for when you wake up in the morning, however small or insignificant they may seem. So, to remind yourself of this, try to express your gratitude every morning. Jotting down your thoughts in a journal, speaking to yourself out loud or even just thinking about all of the things you have to be grateful for are great ways of doing this.
- Eat or drink something healthy
Feeding your body something nutritious is a great way to start your day. When we eat well, we feel well, and there’s no better time of day to nourish your body than first thing in the morning. You could eat a piece of fruit or some vegetables, make yourself a healthy smoothie or simply drink a glass of water.
- Read one chapter of a book
Reading is a great way to relax, entertain yourself and escape from real life, if only for a few moments. Why not try setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier so that you can flick through one chapter of whatever it is you’re currently reading and indulge in a little self-care before you’ve even stepped out of bed?
- Make your bed
Speaking of beds, doesn’t a tidy one make you feel so much more content and calm before you leave the house in the morning? If you’re used to dashing out of the front door with your covers in a heap, try taking a couple of minutes to make your bed as soon as you can once you wake up.
- Learn something new
Don’t we ultimately just want to be the best version of ourselves? If that’s your prerogative, the morning is a great time to learn something new. Learning doesn’t have to mean sitting down in a classroom or intense studying. Something as simple as an educational podcast or YouTube video can teach you something new. You can consume all sorts of content while getting ready for work via audio and visual platforms.
What are some of your favourite morning rituals?