My Transformative Morning Routine
This morning routine changed my life for the better.
Make a List
When I wake in the morning, right after eating and meditating, I make a list of ten things I’m grateful for today. Five may be the same each time (my loving family, my husband, our cats, my health, etc.), and five change daily (I get to go for a walk and the weather is perfect outside, I’m going to spend time with friends that I love today, I have an exciting vacation coming up, etc.) This helps you start the day on a positive and optimistic note.
I also make a list of five things I want to get done today. One of those things is always this: Take breaks! Stand up and stretch. Go for a walk. Move my body. When I get distracted by Pinterest (so addictive…), or something else, I can check my list and it helps me get back on track. Plus, it feels great to cross the items off each day!
Move That Body!
Yeah, I know. Exercise takes time and isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. But it’s worth the effort. I promise.
If you’re strapped for time and don’t want to ride your bike to work or make the trek to the gym, you can always get an exercise machine and put it in your apartment. Then just commit to using it for 15 to 30 minutes a day, before you shower in the morning. Or for an even faster workout, try this 7 minute workout, which does a body wonders. Depending on my mood, I alternate between yoga/stretching, the 7 minute workout and my exercise machine.
Not only does exercising boost your mood and make you healthier, but it makes you more productive at work. So, the time you use up exercising will pay off in time saved by being a rock star of efficiency in the office. Oh yeah — I almost forgot! — it’ll also improve your relationship by making your moods more stable and revving up your sex drive. Now who wouldn’t want all that??
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Origins.