We’ve all experienced a chaotic morning: rushing to shower, get ready, eat something healthy & get out the door. Maybe it was because you hit snooze one too many times or the kids procrastinated to get dressed or there was just something extra that needed to get done.

Do you remember the way you felt the rest of that day?

Starting your morning rushed can cause you to feel stressed & overwhelmed throughout the rest of your day. Skip dealing with these unwanted feelings & set yourself up for success with the help of a healthy morning routine!

Setting a morning routine is the perfect way to start the day off on the right foot. If the thought of this immediately makes you think, “Nope, I am not a morning person.” Don’t worry! A morning routine doesn’t necessarily mean you’re awake before the sun rises. There are a variety of small changes you can make towards having a productive day without changing your entire sleep schedule!

So forget rushing out the door in the morning & instead give yourself the time to wake up slowly & mindfully. This will help you keep up with healthy habits throughout the day & can even modify your mood & energy.

Begin by focusing on the habits you can stop doing before you start adding more to your morning.

Things to stop:

Hitting snooze
Instead of leaving your alarm next to your bed at arm’s reach, put it across the room or even in another room so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. Having to get out of bed will ultimately make the process of waking up a bit easier.

Scrolling through your phone first thing
Don’t check your email or social media immediately. It will all still be there after you’ve successfully gotten out of bed & woken up. Checking your phone tends to take up more time than you anticipate & can cause overstimulation & stress before you’ve even started your day. Try to turn off your notifications overnight & check in with your mail & social media once you’ve settled into your day & are ready to get everything started.

Here are some simple habits to incorporate into your morning routine to have a successful day.

Things to start: 

Set your alarm just 15 or 30 minutes earlier
Setting your alarm earlier than usual will allow additional time to get your day started. If you enjoy the extra time, try 45 or 60 minutes next.

Brush your teeth & tongue
Brushing your teeth & tongue immediately after waking up helps remove the bacteria that built up overnight & refreshes your mouth. This should be done every day before any food or water.

Practice stillness
Whether it’s a breathing exercise, light stretching, or meditation, practicing stillness can transform your entire day. While meditation may not be for everyone, taking just a few moments out of your morning to sit up, close your eyes & let your mind focus can be a great way to start. Repeat a morning mantra about how you want the rest of your day to start. Example: “I am willing. I am capable. I am powerful.” Repeating statements like these in the morning can help set you up for success. As humans, we often focus on what we do wrong & what we can do better; instead, try to focus on your abilities & how powerful you are in choosing your future.

Get moving
Getting any kind of movement – like yoga, jumping jacks, cycling, squats, & walking – into your morning will help wake you up & make you feel more alert & alive. It gets your blood flowing to wake up your muscles & mind.

Splash your face with water
Splashing your face with water is a quick way to wake up. If you’re feeling drowsy, a simple splash can be the fix.

Drink warm water with lemon
Warm water with lemon immediately wakes up your metabolism & digestive system. It helps detoxify your body & gives you a natural burst of energy. After you’ve brushed your teeth each morning, have a large glass before drinking or eating anything else.

How are your morning like at the moment? If you can make 1 change, what will it be? Leave a comment below.