Perfecting Your Morning Routine
Mornings are hard. The snooze button is oh-so tempting, and sometimes it feels like there’s just no time for anything productive when you’re rushing out the door. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few tried-and-true tricks to making your morning routine more manageable.
Prep the night before.
Yes, your morning actually starts before you go to bed. Going to bed early earns you a few extra moments of precious shuteye, and a nighttime routine will help you feel more rested when you wake up. If you anticipate a morning rush, make sure your outfits are ready to go, and that any food is already made and packed for easy grab-and-go.
Sweat it out.
Working out first thing in the morning may feel like a chore, but getting your heart rate up and body moving makes for a more productive, focused day. Plus, you’re less likely to skip your workout if it’s already done! Lay out your workout gear the night before, and pump yourself up with inspiring music while you’re getting ready. Choose a slower workout like yoga for a more relaxing morning, or feel the burn with a quick and effective HIIT style workout.
Make a to-do list.
And write it down! Take a quiet moment when you wake up to set your intentions for the day, and prioritize the most important. Having a physical list of tasks that you can cross off offers you a greater sense of accomplishment, and helps keep you focused on what you need to do.
It doesn’t have to be a full-on feast, but eating a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast helps set the tone for the day and keeps you focused. Here are some healthy breakfast ideas that celebrities (and their nutritionists) love:
- Protein smoothies and green smoothies
- Fruit with yogurt, muesli or granola
- A vegetable and egg scramble
- A hearty bowl of oatmeal or overnight oats
- A High-quality protein bar (no added sugars or fillers)
Copy the morning people.
We can learn a lot by looking at the morning routines of the most successful people. Looking at the AM habits of top CEOs, entertainers, celebrities, and athletes, we put together a list of what they’re doing, so you can do it too. See their routines.
Get a massage.
Whether you book your massages later at night or early in the morning, the soothing, relaxing power of massage is the perfect addition to your routine. If booked the night before, you can bet on better sleep. If you choose an early-morning massage, get ready to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on your day. Avoid the hassles of scheduling with a spa in your area, and book a convenient, spa-quality massage at home with Soothe.