Last updated on November 30th, 2021 at 10:37 am
Healthy morning habits: doing these 3 little things every day before 8am seems to make me happier, healthier & more confident. A big step for the planet since I’m usually a morning monster.
You know how there are people who just roll out of bed and are happy? They just can’t wait to start their day. They smile and tell you good morning when you meet them in the hallway at work or school. I’ve seen those people. They exist. And I hated those people.
I am the kind of person who when the alarm goes off either a) hits snooze and goes back to sleep or b) hits snooze and goes to the bathroom to then again crawl back in bed.
Then after playing the snooze game for about an hour, I’d finally get up, get ready quickly and go out into the horrible morning world, where people tell me “Good morning” and I just want to show them the nail polish on my middle finger.
If looks could kill, I would’ve killed a lot of people morning time during the years.
But then again maybe not, as there’s a big chance I would just pretend that everyone I meet is invisible and silent. I’d ignore them while leaving out a grunt or pretending to be calling someone or listening to music.
Look, I know how this might sound, but I’m a nice person. That’s why I also didn’t get it. I know there’s a cortisol rise when I rise in the morning. I just don’t get how it transforms me from a peaceful sleeping angel into a moody aggressive monster in what seems to be seconds.
Some say coffee saves a lot of people, but it doesn’t. It hasn’t saved me or the people around me. Coffee brings more oil into my morning fire. Give me coffee and I’m a monster on caffeine.
The problem with hating everything in the morning…
I guess it’s safe to say, I’m just not a morning person. But, unfortunately, I live in this world where people start their day in the morning and they go to sleep in the evening. And it’s not just other people, but also our biology that tells us to better wake up in the morning and sleep in the evening.
The hormone melatonin is checking all the time whether it’s dark or bright outside. “Is it dark yet?”. So annoying.
But if we mess with melatonin, we might not be able to sleep at all. Therefore we better listen to that hormone and try to live with all other beings (asides from bats and owls) during the day.
Sleep is essential. It’s important for immunity, the way we look and our whole well-being.
Related: 7 Ways To Get Better Sleep
The costs of being in a crappy mood 4h/day
After realizing melatonin and the whole world won’t play according to my rules, I decided to figure out how to not be in a crappy mood for the first 4 hours (from 7-11am) of every single day.
Otherwise, I’d be wasting a lot of time.
- In one year that’s 1460 hours.
- That’s 8.5 weeks.
- It’s two months per year.
Two months waking time I am in a crappy mood and super unproductive. For NO reason.
A Healthy Morning Routine?
I had to figure out how to be awake and in a better mood as soon as I go out the door.
I read a few articles on the routines of famous people, successful people, healthy people, just people…
Well, I tried a few of those things, but it turned out I need to take a nap at 6:30 am after I wake up and do all my exercises, juices, reading and gratitude-expressing at 5 am. So I decided, if I don’t have time to simplify my morning routine.And to only do things that really wake me up.
Here are the 3 most important things I try to do every day, that no matter what is going on, help me feel better and always make me seem more social in the morning (even though I still secretly can’t stand anyone…just kidding).
3 Morning Habits To Feel Great The Entire Day
If you struggle with something similar, I hope these simple morning routine ideas help you find some inspiration to start your day in a more positive way.
1. Get up as soon as the alarm goes off
I’m aware that getting enough sleep is one of the most important factors for good health. I am all for sleep.
But the thing is – once the alarm goes off in the morning, all the benefits of sleep you could get? Done.
You’re out of that sleep cycle and if you snooze, you’re just lying to yourself and your body.
You’re laying around and pretending to be resting, but in reality, you aren’t and are actually getting even more tired.
So when the alarm goes off, instead of putting off starting your day, get up and get into action right away.
For me doing this takes away a lot of the negative thoughts and complaints I would usually have. Like why is it dark? Why do I have to go to work? Why is it morning again? And why is it so damn cold?
When I go right into action I just don’t have time to think about all those things – and the less I think about them, the less I notice them.
Also, I know I have more time to get ready than I would have if I snooze back and forth for 1h. This gives me peace, as I know I can take my time and not just rush out.
Since sleep is very important, do this: before you go to bed set the alarm for 8 hours of sleep. Then when you wake up after 8 hours, you’ve probably completed all sleep cycles and will be rested and ready for your day.
Related: How To Wake Up Early and Not Feel Tired
Lately, as soon as I get up, I put on my workout clothes and go do my exercises.
After this, I am already in a LOT better mood. I would say this is the habit that makes the biggest difference on how I feel during the rest of the day. So if you have to choose any of the habits here – exercise would be my #1 tip.
I always alternate exercises to not get bored. For example, if I did cardio yesterday, I would do yoga today.
This keeps me motivated. If I have to do the same exact thing every single day I will either not do it at all or go crazy.
I usually do around 10-15 minutes of exercise in the morning. I used to be able to do 30 minutes, but I find it harder and harder to do my exercises if I have to invest that much time.
Therefore I’d rather do 10-15 minutes to get my body warmed up and my mind ready to see other people than to not exercise at all.
Related: 7 Morning Yoga Routines To Get You Out Of Bed
3. Wear Something Beautiful
There have been a few times in the past when I would put on something I usually wear at home – something pajama-like and go to work like that.
Maybe because it’s cold, maybe because it’s early, maybe because work sucks and I don’t like my coworkers. It doesn’t even matter.
The thing is, whenever I wear something that comfortable I ALWAYS at some point of the day – regret this decision.
As soon as I’m officially awake (at 11 am) and find a mirror to look at myself, I am horrified. What happened? How did I make that decision?? What was I thinking, when I was putting on my clothes?
Now I know you can feel a lot more comfortable in a dress instead of sweatpants at work. When I wear something I actually like, I feel comfortable and more confident. Believe it or not, this helps me be more focused. I don’t know how and why, but it does.
You could say that wearing something you like is a form of respect for yourself. For your body. It changes the way you see yourself and the way you see everything else.
When you see yourself in baggy clothes and with messy hair, you start feeling like you look – undone, not ready, not good enough…Then any task you have, anyone you meet seems like a challenge because you don’t feel confident anymore.
It’s like saying: “I know I could do better, I just don’t want to”.
I’m not saying we should overdress, rather find something you really feel comfortable and confident in. Something that makes you feel like yourself.
I promise you, this small change of always putting on something you actually like, will improve your day enormously.
It’s a very simple, but rewarding habit.
More Healthy Morning Routine Ideas
Aside from these 3 healthy morning habits, here are some other things that help improve your mood:
- listening to music you love
- drinking lemon ginger water
- making your bed (such a stress relief!)
- planning your day (I prefer to do this the night before)
- writing down any thoughts that bother you (I prefer to do this in the evening as well)
- expressing gratitude (I prefer to do this in the evening)
Everyone is different, but I’ve found these things help a lot.
Related: The Morning Routine To Make You Happier, Healthier And Productive
The one thing that can ruin it all
Getting on social media/check emails as soon as I wake up. One thing follows after another and it all snowballs into one big waste of time.
There a day is wasted.
Stay away from scrolling at least until afternoon or after you’ve done something you’re proud of.
And that’s it. I hope these tips help you feel good throughout the day as well! If you enjoyed this post, sign up for more below!
Samantha Wright says
You are awesome, thanks for these tips will definitely try. I’m a morning monster too, and I’m trying to stop wasting those 4 hours.
hahaha you get me! And…after years and years, I can confirm: exercise is the most important one (for me at least!)
Love your suggestions! I was forced to retire 3 yrs ago last Christmas. I have struggled emotionally with now being a full time care giver for my 94 year old Dad. He is a very sweet man, so that part is easy. It is the loss of the daily friends I had when I was forced into retirement. My husband died in May. And it was his business that I worked for and was his personal assistant. So my job was really gone too.
Anyway establishing a routine has been the hardest thing in taking care of myself. Your blog is encouraging.
-Making the bed is a big deal when you are home all day and walk past you door to a messy or manicured room.
-I wish I could do the exercise ing… maybe you idea of a shorter time will help me…
-Getting dressed now after cOVID and all the weight I’ve gained, has been a big problem. But after deciding to dress daily it has really improved my self worth…
One step at a time…. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Connie! I’m really sorry for your loss. You’ve been through so much these past few years, and I’m really sorry you’ve had to go through so much. But, it sounds like you’re doing the right thing and you’re not giving up! Stay strong and you will find your own rhythm, go at your own pace and don’t force too much. I guess we’ve all gained weight after these lockdowns and crazy stress, at least myself, everyone I know and meet – everyone has gained around 20 pounds. But it will not always be this way.
For a routine, it’s best to sit down and think about what you enjoy doing, and what kind of small disciplines you can commit to at the moment. Getting dressed, keeping your home clean and organized, gardening (if you have where), maybe a little walk outside (it does wonders for me), sometimes listening to motivational speeches can help…I hope all is well and wish you and your dad happiness, love and health!