Today I Learned...
A new day is a chance to start over.
Everyone has their own routine, but we all know that some mornings are better than others. It's not always easy to wake up feeling refreshed, but there are plenty of things you can do to get started on the right foot.
Here are 6 morning habits that will make you healthier and happier:
1. Wake up at the same time every day.
Your body is an incredible thing, but it can’t tell time. If you don't have a consistent schedule, your body doesn’t know when to expect sleep or wake up in the morning. It also doesn't know how long it should stay awake and alert.
If you want to be healthier and happier, then waking up at the same time every day will help you achieve that goal by setting your internal clock. You need to get into a routine where your body knows when it's going to be active or restful throughout the day.
2. Move your body.
I’ve found that moving my body in some way every morning—whether it’s a quick walk around the block or a full-on workout—makes me feel more energized and happier throughout the day.
In addition to having physical benefits, exercise has also been shown to help improve mental health symptoms like anxiety and depression. It’s well worth finding time for this habit!
3. Give yourself a few minutes of quiet time.
This is a great one to do before you start your day. Give yourself some quiet time when no one else is around, so you can be truly alone with your thoughts.
If this is difficult for you, start small—maybe try a few minutes each morning before going out for coffee with friends or family members. Try not to worry about what happens next; just focus on being present and thinking of nothing in particular.
You may find that the quiet time helps give you perspective on life and prevents those pesky nagging thoughts from taking over when they’re not needed.
4. Be grateful for what you have.
If you're feeling down, take a few minutes to think about what you have in the world. Maybe you have a great family, good friends, and an amazing job. Maybe your health is great and you don't have to worry about running out of money anytime soon. Or maybe you've got some extra time on your hands today because it's Sunday morning! Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of things for which we can be grateful.
Even thinking about all these positives in your life can help improve how you feel—and staying positive will only make it easier for others around us to do the same thing! If we're able to recognize our blessings and appreciate them fully every day then we'll never needlessly complain again because everyone has something good in their life (even if they don't realize it yet).
5. Write down three things you're looking forward to.
You can also use this time to write down three things you're looking forward to. What's your plan for the day? What do you have going on? What are you excited about?
This is a great chance to focus on the positive parts of your life and keep yourself motivated throughout the rest of the day.
6. Listen to music that inspires you or makes you happy.
It's a fact: music can help you get into a positive mood. You may not be able to hear the same uplifting tune without it conjuring up feelings of happiness and joy, but there are also songs out there that have been proven to make us feel good. Research shows that listening to music we like induces dopamine in the brain, which makes us happy.
So while you're getting ready for school or work (or just your daily routine), try playing some tunes that make you feel upbeat and happy—even if they're not necessarily "happy" songs! They might include:
- Uplifting melodies with lyrics that build self-esteem and inspire hope
- Songs with lyrics about friendship
- Lyrics about love
Working on your morning habits can lead to a happier and healthier life!
And don’t forget that these habits aren’t just for the morning! They can help you start your day in a healthy way, but they can also help you throughout the rest of it too. The key is to find the one or two things that work best for you—whatever that may be—and then stick with them as much as possible.