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Self-Care Ideas for Men – Ultimate Guide!

Self-Care Ideas for Men – Ultimate Guide!

Today we will discussing self-care ideas for men. We often think about self-care from a woman’s perspective. But self-care is something that everyone should be focusing on, not just women. One of the biggest myths going is that self-care is just for women. This could not be…

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Life Balance!

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Life Balance!

Today I will de digging deep and sharing 40 self-care ideas for mind, body and lifestyle. Self-care is about having the courage, tenacity, and resilience to take responsibility for your health and well-being. It’s a lifestyle where we recognise and honour our self-worth by engaging…

Self-Care Morning Routine Ideas – Ultimate Guide!

Self-Care Morning Routine Ideas – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be talking you through some self-care morning routine ideas.

Just imagine, the sun is rising, the curtains add an orange beam to the day, and here you are, presented with a brand-new day, a new beginning, and a fresh start.

The times we are living at the moment are tough enough for everyone, but we always find a way to pull through, and this is how we recommend you do it.

Creating an ideal and sufficient routine for your morning puts you on the right track for the rest of your day.

Every morning, I get up way earlier than I need to and practice a self-care routine.

I developed my routine gradually, one piece at a time, over past few years. You probably shouldn’t try to jump into such a rigorous and lengthy morning routine right away. Grow into it.

So, we gathered up some simple morning self-care rituals that will boost your mood, set the right tone to your day, and help you relax.

I hope this guide helps you develop your own routine and gives you some ideas to create your own habits.

 

 

Why is a self-care morning routine so important?

Having a self-care morning routine will set you up perfectly for the day ahead. Starting the day with the intention to take care of yourself will go a long way.

Often at times it may be hard to find the time for yourself during the work week, or even the weekend, but the impact it has on your mindset is definitely worth the effort.

In either case, you need to establish a new routine with fresh, healthy habits. Following these morning self-care routine tips might be the change that you need.

Try these out, and see if they make a difference in how you start your day. Who knows – it might completely get rid of the crankyness first thing.

 

Self-Care Morning Routine Ideas – Ultimate Guide!

 

Wake up early

For you stubborn night owls out there, I know this sounds bad already, but it actually is possible to get out of bed early in the morning.

Let me tell you why I love waking up early.

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I wake up ideally at 5am or when the sun rises and daylight starts. I know 5am is too early for most, so try 6am or 7am.

As I’ve gotten used to waking up with natural daylight, I have now inhabited a natural inner clock, which means I naturally wake up at the same time every morning – without using an alarm.
And it’s really fulfilling to not have to stress about time and rushing in the morning, because everything can be taken nice and slow.

 

Don’t start your day with electronics

Your first impulse in the morning is probably to check your phone. While you can do that briefly, we recommend that you stay off your electronics and away from the media for the beginning portion of your day.

This will help you start your day off on the right foot and keep your spirits positive for a little bit longer.

 

Meditation

Meditation is a direct action (by actively doing nothing) to increase the amount of clarity you mind has, decompress your stress levels, and give you perspective on the day-to-day.

In my experience, I tend to give myself a 15-20 meditation period first thing in the morning.

Meditation is also a great way to combat social media addiction by lowering the amount of stimulation you have.

It’s also a great way to slow down life when you feel that life is moving a bit too fast for your liking.

It can be hard in the beginning to get into it, but I assure you that meditation is something no one regrets doing.

If you’re someone whose mind is racing from the moment you wake up, meditation can be a powerful way to connect with yourself on a deeper level.

While practicing meditation isn’t a cure-all for anxiety or nervous thoughts, it’s still an excellent opportunity to destress, centre your thoughts, and bring awareness to the present moment.

 

 

Practice gratitude

Feeling grateful for a new day goes a long way.

This pure selfless act goes both ways on you and the people around you. It doesn’t always have to be a “thank you” note; it can be a positive emotion that benefits your body.

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It enhances your overall health and sense of well-being. Additionally, deepens your relations, improves optimism, and increases the feeling of self-control.

I’ve been trying to get into journaling because sometimes I feel like I have so many thoughts in my head and nowhere to put them.

My journal is almost like a brain dump on paper, but it really helps to spend a few minutes a day writing down my thoughts and what I’m grateful for.

 

 

Move your body

We all know how important exercise can be in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, exercising in the morning has its own benefits.

Taking just 10 minutes for some stretches will definitely make you feel more energised for the day.

Morning exercise will give you an extra glow, a better night’s sleep, burn extra fat and boost your metabolism.

You don’t necessarily have to do a full workout, but just spending time doing some stretches or yoga will make you feel so much more energetic and ready for the day.

When we exercise our brain produces those feel-good hormones which make us feel happier and lift our mood.

Exercise also improves blood flow around the body providing our cells and organs with more oxygen, thus giving us more energy.

Who wouldn’t want to start the day in a great mood and lots of energy? Why not give it a try and see how it goes for you?

Whatever type of exercise suits you, is great. Any exercise is good exercise.

 

Hydrate

Getting enough water is extremely important for our health.

Water helps maintain internal body temperature, lubricates joints, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues and is beneficial to a healthy digestive system.

By drinking enough water, we are also keeping our body hydrated and refreshed.

Staying hydrated is also important for our brain and cognitive ability. If you want to keep the mind focused then hydration is the key.

When we sleep our bodies are slowly becoming dehydrated, the reason why we usually wake up feeling lethargic.

By drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning we are replacing those lost fluids, hydrating the body ready for the day ahead.

If you are not a great fan of drinking water, why not fill up a bottle the night before, add some sliced fruit and pop in the fridge, for a refreshing fruit infusion come morning.

 

Eat a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is well known to be the most important meal of the day. However, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve skipped this and had breakfast on the go instead.

Having a nutritious breakfast in the morning tells our body that there are plenty of calories to be had throughout the day.

However, by skipping breakfast and having a quick snack you are telling your body that it needs to conserve not burn those calories. You are literally putting your body into starvation mode.

Missing breakfast also makes us more likely to consume unhealthy snacks, in turn contributing to feeling bloated, sluggish and possible future ill health.

Take time in the morning to eat and have a healthy nutritious breakfast. If you do need to have a quick breakfast on the go try choosing healthy options such as:

  • A protein bar and yogurt or a glass of milk.
  • High-fibre toast or bagel with tablespoon of peanut butter.
  • Low-fat protein shake with fresh/frozen fruit.

 

Affirmations

Daily affirmations are to the mind what exercise is to the body. Repeating affirmations helps to reprogram the unconscious mind for success by eliminating negative and limiting beliefs.

At first, I was a little sceptical about using affirmations, however over time they have helped me have a more positive mindset and believe in myself more.

Examples of positive affirmations:

  • I will be kind to myself today
  • Today I will be present in every moment
  • I will be true to myself and my Today
  • Today is full of endless opportunities
  • I will celebrate my small wins
  • I choose to be happy

There are several ways to use affirmations. You can say them out loud in front of a mirror, write them down in a journal or repeat them in your head like a mantra during meditation.

What’s important is that you find affirmations that resonate with you.

 

 

Visualise your entire day

They say, “you can’t do anything until you see yourself do it.

Visualisation is daydreaming with a purpose, that’s why it’s better to sit back for a moment or two once you wake up and unravel how you want your day to be like or take you to.

Set your mentality and take a deep breath before you demonstrate anything physically.

 

Plan Your To-Do-List

Creating a simple list of what chores and tasks you want to complete throughout the day keeps you organised and grounded.

It enables you to stay focused and lessens the hassle of multiple processing. Besides, what is more, relaxing than to do simple writing along with your morning cup of coffee.

I usually plan out my days before I start my work.

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Most days I feel like I have a million things to do and no time to do it all, but I’ve found a lot of success in writing down a daily to-do list.

It’s really encouraging because I get to check things off the list as the day goes on which allows me to see what I was able to get done that day.

Completing daily task will put you on the path to reach your goals.

 

 

Set aside time to read

If the last time you picked up a book was for a school assignment, you’re not giving reading enough credit.

One University of Sussex study found that reading for just six minutes reduced stress levels by 68 percent. (Odds are you’re probably spending that long scrolling through social media before getting out of bed.)

Plus, if you create a designated reading time, you might actually get through all the books in your to-be-read pile.

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The following books I cannot recommend enough:

 

 

Try podcasting

Another strategy for motivating yourself to get out of bed is saving something special, like a favourite podcast, for the mornings.

If you know you’ll only listen to it before your workday starts, you might be a bit more excited to start your day.

Grab a pair of headphones, press play on the latest episode, and walk to a local park or public garden to listen. Watching the world pass by while you listen is almost meditative.

 

Make your bed

Don’t look at this like a chore, look at it as a way to enhance your space and become more organised.

Not only does making your bed improve your sleep at night, but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment.

This pride and accomplishment in the morning will allow you to set a positive and determined pace for the rest of the day, and who wouldn’t want that?

 

Self-care morning routine Ideas – Final thoughts

Starting a day with a good morning routine is crucial for how the rest of the day goes.

Practicing self-care habits in the morning is really effective for setting a good tone for the day.

That being said, I hope this morning routine and these self-care habits can inspire you to find or start your own morning routine with self-care rituals!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

 

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18 Ways to Practice Self-Love – Ultimate Guide!

18 Ways to Practice Self-Love – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will diving into ways to practice self-love. Practising self-love can be a challenge, especially at a time when you may feel low due to circumstances surrounding you. There is never a better time than right now to start putting yourself first and taking…

Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Tidy Home, Tidy Mind!

Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Tidy Home, Tidy Mind!

Today I will be talking you through decluttering tips and tricks. Is your diary typically rammed with appointments? Does your smartphone ping every few minutes with app notifications? Are your cupboards overflowing with stuff? Modern life is very busy and hectic, but as the world…

20 Habits to Change Your Life – Ultimate Guide!

20 Habits to Change Your Life – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will talking through habits to change your life.

Habits have the enormous power to make or break us in life.

Whether our days are primarily made up of good habits or bad ones, the evidence will show itself in our health, happiness and productivity.

Clearly negative habits are much easier to adopt than positive habits.

Positive habits require discipline and routine, but once we design a life that consists primarily of good habits we begin to move through our days with more ease and consistency.

There is less effort required once we have created systems that lead to positive results and outcomes.

Today I have put together a simple guide of 20 positive habits that can have a dramatic effect on your life if put into practice.

 

 

20 Habits to Change Your Life – Ultimate Guide!

 

Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation contributes to all forms of problems including irritability, anxiety, depression and weight gain. Prioritise enough sleep. According to experts, most adults need 7-9 hours a night. According to the National sleep foundation, the appropriate amount of sleep for adults may range from 6 to 10 hours of sleep.

With experts saying you need between 6 and 10 hours of sleep how do you know how many hours of sleep you need? Do you feel rested when you wake? Are you able to wake up without an alarm or easily get up when the alarm goes off?

These are signs you are getting enough sleep.

Feeling fatigued is a sign that you need more sleep. During times of emotional and physical stress, we often need extra sleep.

 

Early morning routine

Never underestimate the power of a solid morning routine.

A morning routine not only sets your day up for success, but if planned accordingly, it can create additional time in your day to work towards your goals.

This is the magic about mornings.

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The time is yours, because it’s happening before the busyness of the day hits.

Beginning a morning routine is one of the most important habits to start right now.

Waking up early is tough (I’m not really a fan either), but it is so worth it.

 

 

Spend less time on social media/internet

With the advancement of technology this day, people tend to spend more time on social media than real people.

Social media has taken over the world, people tend to use it for different things. Social media and the internet have made so many people rich but let’s not forget the fact that it has made some not useful.

People spend hours on social media without doing anything. Spend less time on social media and you will see the result you get on a daily basis.

If you have something important to do, I will advise you to get rid of or delete the apps and focus on your business. Use social media in your spare time when you are not using it for business.

 

Celebrate your wins

Make it a habit to celebrate your wins. High fives might seem cliché but there’s magic in the movement.

If you don’t believe me, check out one of the most popular TED talks of all time by Amy Cuddy.

Make a habit of saying the right thing to yourself and others with your body language.

Small tweaks can bring about big changes.

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And, have a little fun, too. Life’s too short for anything less.

If you can, encourage celebrating wins in your workplace, too.

A change in office culture, to one of support and congratulations, will have an uplifting effect on the energy and mood of any workplace.

Mood is contagious so make sure the right one is catching. You won’t just be changing your life; you’ll be changing the lives of those around you.

 

 

Declutter

Whether it’s your car, your closet or your bedroom, it’s time to clean things out.

We often overlook the fact that clutter is actually a form of mental and physical constraint.

There is a sense of harmony that comes from things being neat and orderly and this has psychological benefits.

You don’t have to be an “OCD” type all the time, but the mere act of cleaning and decluttering is extremely calming and liberating.

A lack of cleanliness and organisation often leads to elevated stress and depression.

It also suggests low self-worth as your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.

You’ve most likely heard the saying: out with the old, in with the new.

Make space for new opportunities to flow into your life by releasing items that keep you tied to the past and see if it doesn’t have a positive effect on your happiness.

 

Say “thank you” instead of “I’m sorry”

I had a terrible habit of saying “sorry” all the time. I said “sorry” when I need someone to repeat what they said or I bump into a stranger, and I would apologise profusely for being late or making a mistake. While “sorry” is just a word, language can affect the way we think and feel about ourselves.

Instead of “sorry”, make a conscious effort to say “thank you” instead.

Thank you for being patient!” instead of, “Sorry for being late!” is another way to practice gratitude, but it’s also a consistent way to be kinder to yourself.

By the way, saying sorry in relationships is crucial when you made a mistake or hurt the other person’s feelings, but showing gratitude be even more important.

 

 

Exercise

Exercise is one of those habits that everyone talks about. It makes you roll your eyes when you hear or read about it. Like what else is new? Exercise is good for you.

To me, exercise is a very important habit physically and mentally. I especially notice how much it impacts my life when I don’t do it. I become stressed, I’m also reactive and it shows in my relationships, in my work and in the decisions I make.

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I can’t seem to stay clear and objective when I don’t do it. Plus, I just feel tired and ache all the time.

So, I try to make exercise a part of my day whether it would be by walking for at least an hour, going to the gym, stretching, running or doing an at home workout. It has become a part of my life and it fits naturally. If it’s still not a part of your daily routine, just try it.

Top tip:

Moving your body or stretching for just 10 minutes per day can really help improve your mental health!

 

 

Meditation

I can’t stress how life changing meditation truly is! You may have tried it and not liked it, or you may have not done it for longer enough to see the results.

I urge you to create a daily meditation practice if you want to create a calm mind, body and life.

There are numerous studies proving the benefits of meditation on stress, depression, anxiety and even physical health!

 

 

Set goals

We all tend to have a vision for our life. What does that look like for you? What do you dream of doing?

I know you have something in mind you’ve always wanted to try but have been too afraid to get started.

Is it starting an online business? Is it a career change? Give this one some thought.

It’s time to think about what you truly want out of life and go after it.

It’s never the perfect time, and waiting for the perfect time will keep you from ever starting.

Identify the goals you have for your life, figure out a huge list of actions needed to accomplish these goals, and GET STARTED.

Setting goals is a life improving habit you need start right now. Don’t keep putting it off.

 

 

Give yourself deadlines

You know from college all-nighters and projects at work that if there’s a deadline you have to meet, you find a way to get it done. What makes an assignment our bosses give us or a paper for “Shakespeare 101” different from a personal goal is that we don’t usually have a deadline to motivate us to accomplish it by a certain time.

No matter how small or specific (like replacing your old couch, making friends with a co-worker, establishing an emergency fund, or running three miles), give yourself a specific and realistic deadline.

If you’re still having trouble sticking to goals because you know your deadlines are “flexible” when you’re the one setting them, sign up for a marathon, announce the launch of your side project or business with a release date, or let a friend or family member know your deadline so they hold you accountable.

 

Forgive

By forgiving someone, you are moving forward in your life. This can release you from misery and from holding onto the past. Forgiveness has helped me with living in the moment.

Instead of holding onto grudges and disappointments, I have used this time to focus on more beneficial things that can improve my life instead of bringing it down.

 

Self-care

No matter how crazy life gets we all need to make time for self-care. Spending time loving yourself is important for our physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is important for you to have a healthy relationship with yourself. You need to love yourself too!

 

 

Listen to podcasts

Podcasts are literally my favourite. They are easy to access and can help you escape from reality for a little. By listening to podcasts you are staying informed and growing as an individual.

I optimise my time by listening to them while I am working or getting ready for my day in the morning.

 

Drink more water

A simple yet vital daily requirement, drinking water. This not only hydrates you but improves your bodily functions, preventing headaches, washes out toxins from the body, and helps with weight loss.

Drinking water can solve other problems such as clearing skin issues and providing mental clarity. One way to drink more water is to keep a water bottle with you at all times so you can hydrate yourself throughout the day.

I personally like to drink room temperature and hot water; this helps with digestion.

 

Smile more

A simple smile has more influence on your day and others than you may think. Smiling improves your mood and you can even trick yourself into feeling better. Next time you are upset and frowning force yourself into smiling, it will make you feel better.

 

Volunteer/Give back

Not everyone has spare change to hand out to everyone. If you do, great! But there are a variety of other ways to help others without spending money. You can give them a meaningful compliment or even volunteer to help them with something such as washing their car.

There is absolutely nothing to lose in this situation, this habit will not only make the other person happy but you will feel good as well!

 

Make your bed

At the risk of sounding like your mom, please make your bed. Not only will it feel good to get into a made bed at night, but it’s important for the success of your day.

Making your bed first thing every morning means one small win before you even have a cup of coffee, which subconsciously will motivate you to achieve thousands of small wins throughout the day (and you know what they say about small wins: they lead up to really big ones).

Plus, Gretchen Rubin found in her research that it’s the easiest and most common daily habit you can do to boost happiness.

 

Listen

You learn so much more when you are listening instead of speaking. By listening you can build a relationship with the other person because they will notice you seem interested. Also, you learn something new from each person you meet, why not take advantage of this and learn from their stories. Plus, you may be missing out on a good laugh by not listening!

 

Read books

Reading just 30 minutes a day over time will produce amazing benefits. I hear you – “What? I don’t have 30 minutes a day to read!”  Well, quite honestly, I think we spend at least that amount of time on other activities like social media or television each day.

Plus, I would add that we really cannot afford not to acquire this habit. Reading 30 minutes a day would mean that you could probably get through 2-3 books in a month and 24 to 36 books in a year!

That is amazing! Think of all you could learn in one year by cultivating a simple daily habit of reading.

 

Always learn new things

Learning never stops – even though some people stop learning as soon as they are done with their education. However, the only way to survive in this world and stay on top of things is to be adaptable and continuously learn new skills and gain new knowledge.

With all of the information and books available online nowadays, it’s very simple to do this.

 

20 habits to change your life – Final thought

It’s worth it to note that we still have down days even if we’re the best at implementing these actions. It’s a part of life. However, these daily actions will help make those stormy days a little less dark, and make it so much easier to weather through.

Also, these habits don’t just create happiness, but also can be life changing in what you can achieve. With a brighter outlook, more energy and a positive mindset, the possibilities for our lives are endless!

What are you doing to live a better life?

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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Bedtime Routine for Adults – Ultimate Guide of 10 Tips!

Bedtime Routine for Adults – Ultimate Guide of 10 Tips!

Today I will be talking you though a bedtime routine for adults. Sleep plays a vital role in all of our lives, and there are countless articles and sources of information that cite sleep as one of the most important factors in our mental, emotional,…

How to Sleep Better Naturally – Ultimate Guide!

How to Sleep Better Naturally – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be talking about how to sleep better naturally. Do you ever wake up in the mornings and wish you were able to get better sleep?  Maybe you feel like you toss and turn all night or your brain just doesn’t shut off. One…

Morning Routine Habits – Ultimate Guide!

Morning Routine Habits – Ultimate Guide!

The key to a healthy positive mindset is in your morning routine habits – once I implemented tasks to complete every morning, my life began to transform fast.

You will see the huge benefit to your mental health, and then it becomes a habit of self-development in your life, not just the mornings.

Getting up that extra hour or two earlier can really help you develop a strong mindset and bring peace to your everyday life. One of the things that has the biggest impact on our days and on our life is how we spend our first hours awake.

As you might guess, waking up in a rush to quickly grab some coffee, some clothes and head off the door already exhausted and sweaty is not ideal for our body and mind. And it doesn’t even end there.

This poor morning experience will easily influence our mood for the rest of the day – and even our work performance.

That’s why it’s  so crucial to have some morning habits and routines that are put together strategically to improve our productivity for the rest of the day. And day after day this will change your life for good, of course.

Today, I’m going to share in this post the most-effective habits you should start adopting to have a happier morning experience and head off the door feeling calm and ready to take on the world!

By implementing these habits into my life it has changed my life dramatically!

 

 

Morning Routine Habits – Ultimate Guide!

 

Don’t go to bed late the night before

Before we get started, there’s one mistake you cannot afford to make. This morning mistake will screw up your entire day.

Go to bed early the night before!

Sleep is not only for the weak. It’s the best way to stay strong all day.

Are all-nighters worth bragging about? Maybe they’re fine once in a while when they can’t be avoided but otherwise – staying up late constantly isn’t a sign of working hard; it’s working too much, working inefficiently and mismanaging your time.

I use to be one of those people who stayed up to the early hours of the morning, then wake up like and zombie and head off to work feeling like I had just been dug up!

Not anymore though!

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Without enough sleep, you’ll start the day with a mind that’s not 100% energised – no matter how many times you give yourself a good slap on the face.

The worst part? Imagine your brain failing in the departments of common sense and alertness.

Around 16 million Brits experience side effects of sleep deprivation every night!

And studies suggest they can range from less obvious stuff – like a lack of focus or attention – to crying over small things, or a lower reaction time while driving or pouring coffee!

Speaking of coffee – don’t rely on it to overcome sleep deprivation. I enjoy my morning coffee as much as the next person. But I also know caffeine has its limitations.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-8 hours of sleep (or 9 if possible) for the average adult.

I have about 6, which suits me fine.

 

Get Up Early

The alarm goes off, no flirting with the snooze button though, she will break your heart!

I get up early, like really early! Every day (apart from Sundays) 4:00 – 4:30 AM Early. And I’ll be brutally honest with you, I hate getting up every single morning, but I do it anyway.

That being said, getting up early in the morning is a common habit of highly successful people. There’s something to be said about that feeling of peace in the early morning hours when all the world’s asleep.

It’s this morning tranquillity that’ll give you time to wrap your head around things and prepare your docket for the day. You’ll be surprised how motivating a head-start can be.

 

Drink some water to rehydrate

When you first wake up, you’ve been without water for several hours. I have a bad habit of reaching for my coffee before anything else, but I recently started drinking a glass of water beforehand. I’ve found that it gets rid of those nagging headaches I sometimes wake up with.

If you can get a glass of water into your system before anything else, your body will thank you. Adding a little lemon to your water also has some health benefits. But, if that’s not your thing, at least get a glass of water in before coffee or tea.

Getting hydrated will also help with the next step in creating your best morning routine.

 

Move your body

One of the best things to do in the morning is without a doubt moving your body. Think about it: your body has been lethargic and lying down for 6-8 hours, your muscles are probably still sleeping and need to stretch.

Now, I don’t expect you to do a full 45-minutes workout when you’re still feeling sleepy and unmotivated, but if you force yourself to move your body (even with some low-intensity exercises) for as little as 10 minutes, it will be a game changer, I promise.

It’s been proven that working out in the morning – even with some light exercise – can boost your metabolism up to 22% for the rest of the day and reduce tremendously sugar cravings.

Moving in the morning will get your heart pumping, your metabolism to speed up, while also making you feel more alert and active for the rest of the day.

 

Meditation

I thought this was complete nonsense a few years ago, now I love it.

The one thing that calmed my mind beyond belief, if done properly, is meditation.

This helps you become at peace with your thoughts, and also mindful meditation helps you stay in the present moment.

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Try to meditate before breakfast, this is the best time to do it in the morning.

Meditation will seem like a chore at first, but the more you practice, it will become more of an enjoyable experience that you will look forward to.

There are tonnes of videos on YouTube to help you get started.

 

 

Mindful shower

When is a better time to be mindful and focus on your feelings, if not when you’re in the shower? It has been shown that showers are some of the most calming environments for people. So next time you´re showering in the morning, take some time to practice deep thinking and to create a positive mindset for the day ahead of you.

Sure, it might seem a bit weird to some people, but think about it this way: the water has a calming effect and allows your mind to come up with great and motivational ideas. I know for some people showering can be just a quick part of their day, but you can change that and make it more meaningful.

 

 

Eat a healthy breakfast

Since you are not rushing, you are now able to sit down and eat a healthy nutritious breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast as part of your morning routine before work will help you to be more productive.

Moreover, the breakfast will provide the energy needed to fuel your brain. Additionally, eating breakfast will keep you full for longer, eliminating the need for you to consume high and empty calories which will harm your body.

Furthermore, while sitting down to eat your breakfast you can read a few pages of a positive mental attitude book or any other self-development book.

 

Practice gratitude

This is no new phrase but it is so sad that so many of us reduce the importance, need and power of gratitude. When you wake up in the morning, learn to give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength, give thanks for your food and joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, there is a problem you need to fix urgently.

Gratitude is the conscious experience of appreciation. By outing and writing at least 3 things you are thankful for, you are setting your day on a positive route.

Gratitude gives us reasons to be happy, makes us more optimistic; it increases self-esteem.

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and gives thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

 

 

Read/watch videos on self-development

If you’re always telling yourself how much you’d like to read more but simply “can’t find the time” then this is a perfect thing to do first up in the morning.

If you think about it, reading for 15 minutes daily is hardly anything – it’s not intimidating at all – but if you keep up with it, you’ll finish reading an average size book every month.

That’s why this is definitely one of the best habits to include in your morning routine!

I never use to read, now I cannot stop.

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There are so many good books and people out there to follow for self-development.

Read a chapter of a book and watch one video a day. This soon gets you motivated and before you know it, you will be researching the subject in-depth.

One good book or one video can change your outlook on life and be the inspiration you have been looking for.

One thing I have learned the past year, is that the more I learn, the more I realise how much actually don’t know.

Top tip:

The below channels from YouTube have had an amazing influence on me for self-development:

I also recommend the below books to read:

 

 

Review your to-do list and prioritise

Ideally, you should have created your to-do list the previous night but if you have not done it, you can do so in your morning routine before work. Having a to-do list enables you to use your time and energy wisely by completing only the tasks that are important to you. It eliminates time-wasting, thereby allowing you to be more productive.

It also provides a form of structure making you more organized. Checking off your to-do list in your daily planner as each task is completed gives you a sense of accomplishment as each task is done.  Be sure to arrange your list by priority.

That is, begin with the more important tasks, that way you can allocate more time in completing those tasks.

 

 

Make your bed

You may wonder what making your bed has to do with a successful morning routine before work. Well, taking the time to make your bed gives you a feeling of accomplishment as it is the first task you will complete for the day. In addition, it helps you to become organise and reduces your stress level. When you make your bed, you are de-cluttering and creating a tidy space. A tidy space is calming and thus reduces stress.

 

Be consistent

Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative. Routines or rituals cannot be effective if they are not practiced consistently.

You must not adopt all these rituals at once, you can start by simply developing an attitude of gratitude, keeping a journal or making sure to have breakfast in the morning but employ it as a habitual activity and the more you progress, the easier it becomes to adopt and stick to other routines. I didn’t cultivate all these rituals in one day so be patient and consistent.

We all have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don’t get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency.

 

Final thoughts

I hope that you are able to make sense of these tips and use them to help create a very successful morning routine in order to live a happier life.

Implementing a healthy morning routine is meant to enhance your well-being. Routine is an awesome form of self-care, but not if you feel enslaved to it. Make your morning schedule serve you, not the other way around.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@lawrence-wellness.com. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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