Why Is Morning Ritual so Important?

Why Is Morning Ritual so Important?

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Morning is usually a period of day that gives us a new hope and a sense of new beginnings. It seems promising. However, many of us, overwhelmed with too many professional and family demands, does not notice its promising flavor. Rushing out from a bed to a bathroom, and then from home to the office, often without a proper meal, we are not only risking to miss a flavor of a fresh start, but we also risk our health. According to psychologists, setting up and maintain a morning routine have shown as essential for our psychological and physical health. They recommend doing activities we are interested in, which affect us in a positive way. Doing one or two activities in which we truly enjoy fills us with positive energy, helps us cope better with stress, and elevates our mood. It makes us feel that we can manage our tasks and have control in our life. In this way, we turn back self-confidence and our focus. It is also wise to make a list of priorities in the morning that can serve us as a guide through our busy day. The article “5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM” provides us with ideas for activities that we can take into account when establishing our new morning routine.

Why Is Morning Ritual so Important?

1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.
2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.
4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

Not only that morning routine contributes in our self-confidence, but also will prevent us from rushing headlong into things. It can provide us with a space where we connect better with ourselves. Morning routine helps us slow down and get a better perspective on our daily activities and their priorities. All these benefits keep us away from stress and leave us the necessary time to take care of ourselves. Even though we can think that we do not have a time for a morning routine, waking up 15 minutes earlier can make a huge difference. It is amazing what these 15 minutes can do for us and our lifestyle in a long run. Entering the day with a clear perspective on our priorities and physically energized will improve significantly our health and all other aspects of our lives.

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