The way you start your day can set the stage for how the rest of the day unfolds. Here’s the best way to start your mornings.
The Best Way to Start Your Mornings
A while back I read that if you jump into your day by starting with work and emails and social media the moment you wake up, you’re probably going to be stressed out for the rest of the day.
I’ve definitely found this to be true in my own life. On the days when I start with “putting out fires” in my business and responding to situations that need my urgent attention, then I’m much more stressed out and on edge for the rest of the day. Even if I started my days with a few hours of dealing with stressful issues and then had nothing else to work on the rest of the day, I would remain stressed out just because I started my entire day with stress.
The best way to start your mornings is with an intentional, quiet morning routine, even if it’s something simple.
(Depending on your living arrangements, you might need to wake up before other people in order to have some time to yourself).
I like to read some inspirational in the morning – before I read anything else or figure out my to-do list – while drinking a cup of coffee. Seriously, making my morning coffee is the trigger that lets me know that my day is starting. You might prefer making a cup of tea or having breakfast instead.
Some people like to add in a morning meditation or exercise session or a number of other healthy habits, but it’s really up to you what you want to do. The important thing, though, is that you get into a habit of a consistent set of actions that prepare your body and mind for the day ahead WITHOUT jumping headfirst into work.
I would also avoid reading social media or the news first thing in the morning because both of them can definitely stress you out. Instead, grab an inspirational book or blog post and soak in the encouragement and quiet.
It’s better and less stressful to ease into your day slowly rather than jump in headfirst.