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A productive day usually starts with good morning habits. It doesn’t necessarily mean rising up early but ensuring that you wake up right.
So, what can you do to ensure you’ll have a good morning?
10 Tips To Transform Your Morning Routine
1. Start with a Good Night’s Sleep
To have a great morning, it all begins with a good night’s sleep. Try going to sleep and waking up around the same time during weekdays and weekends.
You can fall asleep much faster by avoiding heavy protein-heavy food before bedtime as they are harder to digest and can keep you awake at night. Also avoid drinking chocolate, coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks.
Turn off the TV and all electronic gadgets as light from these devices can energize your brain.
2. Set Goals
It starts with being intentional and setting goals before your day begins. You can write down a to-do list before bedtime so that it sets your pace the following day. Then you can wake up at your best time instead of forcing yourself out of bed before your brain is fully ready.
You can also save a lot of precious time by bringing out the clothes you’ll wear and packing your bag or lunch at night.
3. Stop Pressing that Snooze Button
Once you hear your wake-up alarm, “Sleep Doctor” Dr. Michael Breus advises against hitting the snooze button. Your body usually takes 15 to 20 minutes to return to deep sleep, so you are unlikely to get back to that state in between snoozes anyway.
Moreover, your body and brain get confused the more you press the snooze button. Your blood pressure and heart rate rise when you are jolted by sound or movement from a relaxed stage. So snoozing repeatedly is like shocking yourself multiple times in the morning.
4. Greet the Sun
Open your curtains or blinds as soon as you wake up. If your room doesn’t have a window, or your bed isn’t near the window, flip the light switch to emulate the brightness of a sun shining.
Daylight resets your circadian clock and signals your body to shift toward “morning mode.”
5. Fix Your Bed
Begin the day with a small sense of accomplishment by making your bed. Once you get this little thing done, you’ll be motivated to get your larger tasks accomplished.
6. Drink Water
Your body needs to be hydrated after hours of not drinking any water while you were asleep. Take a glass or two before breakfast to ease digestion and help you consume fewer calories during breakfast.
7. Clear Your Head
Distance yourself from your gadgets first and prep your mind for the day ahead through prayer or meditation.
Speak affirmations and encouraging words to yourself about living with purpose overcoming fears. As you do, visualize your declarations or the things you want to happen.
8. Get Moving
Do some stretches. Exercise will make your blood circulation better and will release endorphins, putting you in a happier mood. Start simple by accompanying stretches with squats, lunges, and jumps. If you have more time, you can also do brisk walking, jogging, or running.
9. Take a Cold Shower
A cold shower can wake you up, allow your blood to circulate faster, and give your skin and hair a healthier glow. Cold showers can also calm itchy skin.
10. Eat a Good Breakfast
Breakfast helps replenish the blood sugar your body needs for your brain and muscles to function after hours of sleep. Dietitians advise eating breakfast two hours from the time you wake up for improved metabolism. However, if you will be working out, it’s advised you eat a light meal about 20 to 30 minutes before your exercise.
Eating breakfast will also prevent you from getting “hangry” (hungry and angry or irritable) and overeating later in the day. It will also help stabilize your blood sugar quickly.
Choose low sugar food, such as wholegrain cereal, oatmeal, a low-fat sandwich, or smoothie made of low-fat yogurt, bran, and fruit. Have a mixture of fiber, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Fiber will make you feel full and will aid in better digestion. Carbohydrates will give you immediate energy while protein will provide the staying power needed to sustain you until the next meal.
These are just some of the ways to ensure you will have a good morning. Read the quotes below for your morning dose of affirmations:
Beautiful Good Morning Quotes
- “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
- “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry James
- “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
- “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” – Helen Keller
- “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
- “Rise up, start fresh see the bright opportunity in each day.” – Unknown
- “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” – Rumi
- “Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
- “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
- “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
- “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
- “I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over so I refuse to have a bad day.” – Paul Henderson
- “I like my coffee black and my mornings bright.” – Terri Guillemets
- “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” – Larry King
- “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
- “When I wake up every morning, I thank God for the new day.” – Sionil Jose
- “I wake up every morning thinking…this is my last day. And I jam everything into it. There’s no time for mediocrity. This is no damned dress rehearsal.” – Anita Roddick
- “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill
- “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” – James Joyce
- “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost
- “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “Every morning, leave your worries outside your gate, because that’s where they pick up the garbage! Have a worry free day! Rise and shine.” – Bar Refaeli
- “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
- “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson
- “Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
- “Waking up this morning, I smile. 24 brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Do what you love and the money will follow.” – Marsha Sinetar
- “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama
- “To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.” – Sidney Poitier
- “I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.” – George Foreman
- “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
- “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – Bernard Williams
- “Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket
- “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath
- “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
- “Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.” – George Washington Carver
- “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain
- “The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” – Henry Ward Beecher
- “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.” – Harvey Mackay
- “If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.” – Larry Page
- “The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.” – C. Fields
- “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Horace Lorimer
- “Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.”- Harvey Mackay
- “Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.” – Samuel Butler
- “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” – Emily Dickinson
- “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “Every day brings new choices.” – Martha Beck
- “Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.” – Hal Elrod
- “The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.” – John Milton
- “If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown
- “Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.” – Publilius Syrus
- “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart
- “The sun just touched the morning; the morning, happy thing, supposed that he had come to dwell, and life would be all spring.” – Emily Dickinson
- “Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?” — Steve Maraboli
- “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- “You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” — R.R. Tolkien
- “The day will be what you make it, so rise, like the sun, and burn.” — William C. Hannan
- “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” — Maya Angelou
- “Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel
- “He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.” — William Blake
- “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb
- “This is your daily morning reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.” – Unknown
- “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” — Maya Angelou
- “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
- “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Denise Brennan-Nelson
- “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
- “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
- “Don’t worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”- Jack Canfield
- “Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses
- “When you do something beautiful and nobody notices, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”—John Lennon
- “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
- “This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.” – Og Mandino