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How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine

 Your morning routine is what sets you up for success. Our adult lives only contain around 25,000 mornings, and that's why it's important to make each one count. In order to kick-start your mornings with the best routine possible, here are ten tips that we found immensely useful, and we're sure that you will, too.
1. Work out what your intention is
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Not all morning routines are created for the same purpose. Some routines that work wonders for certain types of people will end up getting others down. What do you want to get out of your day? Do you want to be more productive, be happier, or have better health? Start by figuring out what you really need, and move on from there.

2. Work out what you want to avoid

This might seem a bit counter-intuitive, but the next step is to create a list of things that you don't want to be doing. Think of all of the things that increase your chances of you failing to reach your goals, and train yourself to give them up. Align this list with your list of goals, and you'll already be on the right track.

3. Construct barriers

Now that you've got everything that you want to gain or avoid in mind, you should work on setting up barriers that'll help you keep on track.

A few good examples are:

• Placing your phone out of arm's reach, so that browsing social media sites at night will seem like a tricky task.
• Setting your phone to 'Do Not Disturb' so that constant notifications won't disrupt your morning.
• Setting a timer for answering emails, so that you won't keep constantly stressing about your inbox.
• Sleeping in your gym clothes to motivate you to exercise as soon as you wake up.

4. Replace bad habits with good onesMorning Routine

Now that you've decided to kick all of your bad habits, you'll need to add some good ones which will help you start your day exactly as you deserve to!

Just a few ideas include:

• Keeping a journal
• Meditating or doing yoga
• Exercising
• Reading a chapter of a book
• Spending time with your family
• Drinking tea or coffee
• Walking your dog
• Listening to music
• Painting
• Gardening

5. Don't hit the snooze button
According to W. Christopher Winter, a board-certified sleep medicine physician, going back to sleep after hitting the snooze button will make you enter a brand-new cycle of sleep. However, the extra sleep that you get from snoozing is light and fragmented, which may even leave you feeling more fatigued throughout the day. So do yourself a favor and get up as soon as your alarm rings.

6. Be gentle on your eyes
If the first thing that you do in the morning is look at your phone, you've probably often found yourself squinting in pain and having to look away. In the early hours of the day, our eyes haven't yet adjusted to light, and phone screens are usually far too bright for our eyes to properly handle. Ideally, you should wait at least 20 minutes before looking at your phone, and you can further ease this transition by opening your curtains and letting in some natural light.
7. Care for your back
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Chiropractors have discovered that getting out of bed without rolling over first risks straining your neck and back. They specifically recommend rolling over onto your right side, then pushing yourself up into a sitting position, before finally standing up with your back straight. This takes pressure off of your back, and will help you start your morning the right way.

8. Boost your mind immediately

One of the best things you can do for your brain in the morning is to drink a large glass of water. You should also take a few deep and controlled breaths. This is because our bodies are usually running low on oxygen in the morning, so drinking water and breathing deeply will help oxygenate your blood, which will clear your mind and help you focus.

9. Multitask your mornings

Depending on how much time you've got available, you should try and do as many positive things as possible at the start of each day, and multitasking will certainly make this a lot more manageable. Why not try meditating while gardening, listening to music while exercising, or even sipping on a nice cup of tea while writing your next journal entry?

10. Maintain your routine permanently

When planning a morning routine, it's important to ensure that you can also make it work on weekends. Setting your routine in stone for 7 days each week will allow you to get the most out of it, and to avoid slipping back into old habits. Routines can be a wonderful balance of work and play, as long as they're helping you to achieve your goals and reach your dreams.

Make sure that you share this post with anyone who hates mornings!

Source: scienceofpeople
Images: pexelsdepositphotos

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