There are two types of people in this world:
NOT morning people
So, which are you?
Some people jolt of bed in the mornings, ready to go and attack the day, while others find it hard to get moving, or maybe get distracted by mindless activities upon first waking up. While you might think that the structure of your morning doesn't really matter, I'm here to tell you that it definitely does.
Mornings are actually incredibly important, and here's why -
Your morning is the primary determinant of the outcome of the day. It sets the tone for the day by influencing your productivity, mood, energy levels, and confidence. And who doesn't want these things, right?
And because of all of this, mornings also have the power to transform your self-perception. Increased productivity, mood, and confidence are all linked to more self-respect and a higher self-esteem.
When talking to clients about body image, we often begin with restructuring the morning because the right morning routine can totally transform the mind.
Sounds pretty great, right?
Here are 5 morning habits that you can add to your routine to help transform your self-perception:
Don't scroll Did you know that your input affects your output? What you allow your mind to consume at the beginning of the day has a massive impact on your thoughts, words, and actions. If you spend your morning scrolling on social media, exposing yourself to comparison and envy, you are starting your day by focusing on the facade of others and succumbing to insecurity. Instead, stay off your phone and use your morning to focus inward and prepare for your day ahead.
Begin with gratitude and solitude So what to do instead of scrolling? Enjoy a few moments of stillness. Maybe you have a quiet time and do your devotion. Maybe you pray. Maybe you stretch. But invest in your faith and mindset first thing. Practice gratitude, and make a conscious effort to recognize the goodness in your life. This will help facilitate a mindset of happiness and contentment, which yields inner confidence.
Make time for breakfast Yes, breakfast is so important! It gives you energy, gives your brain a boost so you can think clearly, and sets the precedence for balanced and healthy meals the rest of the day. In order to get the most out of your breakfast, choose something with fiber and protein! I love oats, greek yogurt, avocado toast with eggs, or a protein smoothie! Click here for recipes.
Brain dump It is imperative you have a game plan for the day so that you feel ready and confident. You'll also be entirely more productive. At the very beginning of your day, make a list of EVERYTHING (both professional and personal) that needs to get done. Then, rank them according to priority. Delegate what you can, and then schedule time blocks of the day to work on each task.
Move! Morning movement is a true game-changer. It will boost your mood and energy and make you feel accomplished and confident to start your day. It doesn't have to be an intense workout - stretching, yoga, or walking is perfect! Just get the blood flowing and the positive vibes going.
Here is an example of a solid morning routine (yours shouldn't look exactly like this - remember that you have to make it work for YOU):
5am - Wake up
5-5:30am - Devotion and coffee
5:30am - Take dog out
5:45am - Workout
6:30-7:30am - Get ready for day
7:45am - Breakfast and brain dump
8am - Begin workday