Mornings aren’t fun. While influencers might fool us into thinking they spend the time after they wake up eating quinoa and egg whites, taking cold water showers, and going for runs, that’s not the reality for most people.
Most people’s mornings involve a lot more alarm snoozing and grumbling than leaping out of bed to start the day.
While you should never try and emulate those “How I start my day” videos on YouTube, you can take advantage of other healthy habits. These can then set the tone for the rest of the day, helping ensure everything goes as well as possible.
Let’s take a look at five habits that can help you start your day off right.
Make your bed
Making your bed might seem like the last thing you want to do, especially once you finally manage to drag yourself out of it. But it’s great for both your mental and physical health.
Despite being a small task, making your bed is satisfying to complete nonetheless. It gives you a small sense of pride and encourages you to carry that motivation throughout your day.
Bed making is also a great way to practice proper sleep hygiene (1). A crisp and tidy bed will look a lot more appealing than one that looks like it belongs in a warzone.
As any doctor can tell you, we live in a dehydrated society. Many people suffer from the effects of dehydration without even realizing it.
To combat headaches, fatigue, and other problems, start your day off right by guzzling water. You should drink it throughout the entire day, but starting the process early is never a bad idea.
You don’t want to make it to lunchtime and realize you haven’t had a drop of water the entire morning.
Wash your face
If you’re someone who showers in the evenings or afternoons, make a point to wash your face right when you wake up.
Don’t worry about doing an entire skincare regimen—all you need is to cleanse, moisturize, and apply SPF (2).
Besides helping your skin look its best, skincare is also self-care. Taking a few minutes out of your morning to look after yourself encourages you to do the same throughout the rest of the day.
When you’re in a hurry to get out the door, you might not have time to grab breakfast, no less exercise. If time is a commodity and you can’t do ten minutes of exercise, look into stretching.
Stretching helps loosen up your body and prepare it for the day. Don’t think that you need to do an entire yoga flow either—a few minutes of stretching on the floor is more than enough to get your blood flowing (3).
Create a to-do list for the day
While influencers that claim to use their mornings to “hustle” and “outwork the competition before it even wakes up” may sound ludicrous, they’re right about one thing. Mornings are a great time to get the rest of your day in order.
Take a few minutes to write and review your to-do list for that day. Doing so is a great way to become more productive, as well as figure out where you’re going to focus your energy that day.
A little planning can keep you from getting burnt out.
Start your day off right
While not everyone is a morning person, everyone can use mornings to make the rest of their days easier.
Take advantage of the habits mentioned in this guide to start your day off right.