We all know that how the saying goes, “win the morning, you win the day.” Sometimes, your body just says no – and that’s okay. If it’s more of a resistance you’re feeling due to lack of motivation rather than exhaustion, you may just need more structure to kickstart your daily routine. I have listed down 5 things I find myself doing in the mornings. I know what you’re thinking, “you do all of these things before breakfast?” – my answer, GOD no. Trust me, I am the first person to tell you to listen to your body and rest when you can – but I also thrive off an accomplished morning, it sets the tone for the day. So, if you’re needing some ideas on how to spend your morning productively, read on angel.
Book yourself into that early morning class, lay out your activewear on your bedroom floor and place your phone a little further away than your head so it’s not easy to hit the snooze. I find that nothing holds me more accountable in the morning than pre-planning my workout. If you workout from home, message your fellow HUSTL-ers and tee up your sweat sessions.
Write it down.
I’m a stickler for writing down ideas, I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I tick something off a list a physically wrote. On the mornings I wake up knowing it’s going to be a big day, I write down my top priorities – and the time frame I want to complete it in. You can even manifest what you want to achieve in the mornings by simply writing them down.
Waking up feeling as fresh as a daisy is a myth. Some mornings, it takes a little more effort than others to talk yourself out of hitting the snooze. Something I have always reverted to on the cold mornings or the big days, is setting my intentions for the day ahead. This helps me focus my energy where it should be, and empowers me to maintain that mindset for the day ahead. Setting my intentions is my meditative practice – it allows me to disconnect for a hot minute. I will probably never 100% shut off my mind, but a moment of silence to channel my morning mantra is about as close as I will get.
On the mornings when a workout just doesn’t sit right with my energy levels or my schedule, I will go for a brisk walk in nature. I utilise this time to clear the head, re-align my focus for the day or phone a loved one. When returning home I always find myself feeling refreshed, zenned out and ready to tackle the day.
Stretch your body.
Starting your morning with a full body stretch can relieve any built-up tension felt from training, sitting a desk all day or pain from sleeping the night before. Stretching in the morning doesn’t sound like much, but what it’s really doing is hitting pause for a few minutes to exercise your mind and body, warming up for the day ahead. Make this your new morning habit with ease by stretching with us online – we add a stretch session at the end of each class and also have an entire video library dedicated to Stretch & Release. You can thank us later.
I love you,