• Stephanie Hinds

Tips for your 2018 morning routine


Happy New Year everyone!

While I doubt many of us woke up bright and early yesterday morning after what I imagine was a night of ungodly partying, today is our shot at redemption.

If you’re reading this, perhaps you actually want to get your mornings right this year, and I don’t blame you. As much as it sucks to roll out of bed at 6, or 7, or 8, okay maybe 9, there are things that you can do to make your morning routine more pleasant. Let’s start at the night before.

Decide what time you need to wake up the night before

If you don’t have to be up early, you’re a lot less likely to wake up like it’s Christmas morning. So when you’re getting ready for bed, start thinking about what you have to do in the day (and days) to come and how you want your day to unfold.

If you have a week full of tasks, don’t feel like you have to assign them all to one day. Spread them out throughout the week, that way you can schedule some R&R for each day.

Depending on how task-heavy your day is, plan it out, starting from the morning. Perhaps you want to squeeze in a workout, some time to cook, etc. Whatever it is, planning is the key to execution!

Hydrate

My throat gets dry just thinking about going 8 hours without water (do people still get that many hours in?)

Keep a bottle of water beside your bed. If you wake up thirsty (as I often do), you can rehydrate in the middle of the night. If you don’t drink the water in a sleepy daze, keep it there for the morning. Room temperature water is a lot less likely to shock your system than going to the extreme on the tap.

Hydrating first thing in the morning is also great for not over-eating at breakfast. Take it a step further and try drinking a glass of water before all your meals! You’ll feel fuller. And better. I promise.

Stretch

A lot of people advise against stretching in the morning. But if you ask me, rolling over a few times doesn’t count as the type of movement I need in my life after hours and hours of laying still. You don’t have to drop into the splits, but circle your neck around a few times, rotate your ankles and just straighten the kinks out. You’ve got a long day ahead of you.

Say your affirmations/meditate

Here she goes again with this crap…

Discount it if you want, but all I know is that last year I had a solid list of affirmations I said to myself a few times a day and each area of my life improved greatly.

Affirmations don’t have to be long, they don’t have to be anything fancy, really. They just have to be a sentence or two about what you’re hoping to acquire in your life. So whether it’s peace, money or productivity, find a way to ask for it, and be grateful when it arrives.

Eat breakfast

I feel guilty for even typing this because I skipped this meal today. But I have this new excuse called a baby.

Whether it’s instant oats, a quick bowl of cereal or a fried egg, grab something before you leave the house. It’s so important for your metabolism and it can really set the tone for your day.

Think about your morning routine. Do you have one? If not, that’s okay. It’s really about finding what works for you. We all have different schedules and different to do lists. As long as you’re staying on top of the things you need to get done, rather than drowning in them, that’s really all that matters.

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!


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