5 Morning Habits for a Better Day

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I am a morning person. I always have been and imagine I always will be. As a little girl, I was often the first one up in our house. I would sit cross legged in front of the TV watching the cartoon show Madeline at 6:30am waiting for my mom to get up on the weekends. There’s just something about the sunrise and the birds chirping, the slight coolness in the air and the dew on the ground that makes my spirit smile.

But lately, I’ve had more trouble wanting to get out of bed. 6:00am comes a lot earlier than it did when I was a child. When I used to be up in time to turn my alarm off before it rang, I now hit the snooze button.

Almost a year ago to the day, I began working for the company I am with now, and, honestly, I’m still getting used to it. Being a working woman has a way of stealing my excitement for each new day if I’m not careful. When things feel repetitive, waking up to explore the world loses its luster. My cubicle walls don’t call to me the same way another fun day with friends did a few years ago. Being in the workforce has its many blessings, but it can also feel like a big fat burden. I feel tired before I’m even fully awake just thinking about the 8 hour day ahead. Being a woman in the workplace, a stay at home mom, a full time student can make you want to put your head under the covers and pretend it’s still night time.

I have found, though, that there are a few things that I can do to get my day started right whether I’m particularly happy to be out of bed or not. When I do these things, suddenly I am a morning person again and I feel ready to take on the world.

  • Make your bed up – This is one of the easiest things you can do to start your day right. It’s a little accomplishment that establishes, okay, I’m not going back to sleep. It makes your room look nice and feel nice. And above all, that one act will get your momentum going to take on the rest of your morning and your day.
  • Dress nice – this is a newer one for me. Don’t get me wrong, I never was a frumpy dresser, but I also wasn’t what you would call a fashionista. Now, I take the time to pick out something that makes me feel good about myself. I’ve found that it takes just as much time to put on something stylish as it does to put on something not-so-stylish. But the difference in my mood is immeasurable. When I feel good about myself, I feel ready to take on the day. I never imagined that this tennis shoes and cowboy boots girl would vouch for a pair of heels, but I can say it never fails to boost my confidence in myself and set me on a path to a good day.
  • Eat a good breakfast and hydrate – Without trying to sound like your mother, eating well and staying hydrated is key to being alert, focused, and at your very best. Starting the day out right by eating a good meal to fuel your body and by drinking plenty of water to purify your system sets you up to feel good and be productive. I always drink at least 2 cups of water before I even think about coffee in the morning because it just makes me feel so much better, and even if I’m not particularly hungry, I still make it a point to eat breakfast even it it’s just an apple and some peanut butter. Your energy levels with thank you throughout the rest of the day.
  • Take some quiet time and meditate – This is by far the most important habit in my morning routine. I am not my best self until I spend time in God’s presence, quiet my mind, and get centered for the day. Quiet time looks different for different people. I personally like to read a devotional for the day and spend a few minutes in meditation. Meditation sounds a little mystical, but all it is is quieting the mind and being present in the moment to get in touch with a deeper part of yourself. It’s so easy to get lost in racing thoughts and worries, but setting aside time to meditate helps clear all that away so you can be present and enjoy the day ahead of you. Quiet time allows the clutter of life to melt away so you can take hold of the day as it truly is and have an impact in your sphere of influence. Quiet time and meditation invites peace and joy into your day before it even begins and sets you up for victory in every area.
  • Stick to your routine – With all this, it’s so important to stick to your routine. I get ready for work in the same order every day, and it helps to keep my mind clear and free. Routine can sound boring, but it’s key to staying on track, especially on those groggy mornings. When you set and stick to a routine, you can be sure you’ll start your day off right even when you don’t feel like it.

I can’t tell you what the big names in Hollywood or Fortune 500 CEO’s do in the mornings to have successful or productive days, but I can tell you that these 5 things are tried and true in my own life. I find when I practice discipline and invest in myself in the first few minutes of the morning I am setting myself up for a better, more joyful day. I feel confident and proud of myself, I have a deep peace, and I know I can take on any task ahead of me, even if it’s the same task as the day before. I am prepared to make the day my own, to find the specialness of each moment and enjoy today.

I don’t know about you, but that’s what I call success.

13 Comments

  1. Kelly says:

    Yes! Dressing nice and taking the time to pick out an outfit definitely helps me too! I find on days I don’t really care and don’t put as much effort in, I’m not as motivated for the day. I also like the idea of making your bed every day. My husband used to make fun of me for doing it, but it really gives you a small feeling of accomplishment to start the day! Great tips!

  2. Making the bed is such a simple and seemingly ‘silly’ thing but it honestly does set the tone for the day! Makes you feel like you’re already organized ☺

    • admin says:

      So true! My mom instilled the habit in my sister and me at a very young age, and now I can’t go without making my bed even for a day! It just makes me feel so much more mentally organized and peaceful when I do.

  3. Vera says:

    I agree totally. I am a morning person too and always forward the same habits. It’s work. Keep going Rebecca.

  4. Alyx says:

    I am a huge morning person and people I’m crazy for often getting up earlier than I have to. But I agree that a good morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, and I tend to feel off kilter if I don’t at the very least take time to pray and connect with God. I also hated making my bed, up until I realized that at the very least, I’ll accomplish one thing each day by doing so. Thanks for sharing! -Alyx

  5. Alice says:

    I agree, having a routine is everything!

  6. Nadia says:

    Yes! These are all really great tips to get organized, collected, in the right headspace for the day. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gina says:

    I was never a morning person. I do find that making your bed first thing in the morning definitely helps keep you productive and makes you feel more organized.

  8. Chelle says:

    I really have enjoyed reading these ”ways to get up better in the morning “ post. I’m starting to enjoy getting up early. Now I just need to learn how to go bed early again lol 😂

    • admin says:

      I feel you on that, Chelle! It’s definitely easier to get up earlier when you’ve gone to bed earlier. Got to make sure you get enough zzz’s 🙂

  9. Meina says:

    I’m a morning person since forever and thanks to my parents for that. Last year, I started doing my morning routine earlier than usual. Wake up at 5 am, starts my routine at 5:30 am. It was difficult at first, but now it feels weird if I don’t do it. Though I don’t feel any difference whether or not I make my bed I think it’s all in the mindset.

  10. I love this! The “dressing up nice” is a new idea to me, but I certainly love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Noemi says:

    Love love love!!! This is so good!

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