7 Simple Secrets To Having Happy And Productive Days
Do you struggle to get out of bed every morning?
Psh, don’t we all?
I mean, really, what’s better than cozying up in your blankets all day long ignoring life and your responsibilities?!
But, alas, we can’t always get what we want!
And that’s when a morning routine comes in to help you out of bed each morning 🙂
Having a morning routine has increased my energy and productivity immensely and has made for happier, more positive days!
I do these seven things every most mornings and am so happy it’s finally becoming a standard morning routine in my life!
Maybe the things I do each morning can help motivate you to create your own kick-ass morning routine for a happier and healthier you!
1. WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY MORNING
Just like we should all have a bedtime that we consistently stick to, we should also be waking up around the same time each morning, too.
I know, having to kick the old habit of sleeping in – can we do it?!
I am working on this each and every day, but mama likes her sleep!
It makes so much sense though, that our bodies would function better waking up each morning at the same time and so I am really giving it a good go.
When I do get up on that first alarm instead of hitting the snooze button, I always have a better day because I am able to complete my morning routine with ease.
However, on the mornings where I just can’t seem to drag myself out of bed, I obviously am not able to tackle my morning routine, feel rushed, and overall have a less than productive day.
So, maybe we can motivate each other to wake up consistently each morning in order to have happier and healthier mornings every day of the year!?!
To make waking up each morning at the same time easier, you’re gonna wanna have a successful night routine in place first!
That way, you’ll be getting enough sleep and a solid night’s rest, making it so much easier to wake up when your alarm goes off
2. DRINK SOME HOT LEMON WATER
We all know how important it is to drink enough water each day, right?
Then, what better way to start your day than with some water!
I’ve seen this trick all over the place – and I really enjoy it!
Paired with a light snack to get my blood flowing, it’s the perfect way to set up the day for regular and healthy water intake!
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to eat breakfast right when I wake up, so this is a good way to get something in my tummy before I tackle the rest of my morning routine!
I know most people like to start their mornings with a nice hot cup of coffee, but some say that their daily hot lemon water gives them just the right boost of energy first thing in the morning, without the caffeine.
This way, your caffiene crash won’t be happening tooooo soon after you wake up 😉
Don’t worry – you’ll get your coffee fix soon!
3. STRETCH AND/OR WORKOUT
I like to end my day with a stretch, as you read last week in my night routine post, and I enjoy starting my mornings with a good stretch, too.
Psssst, there’s even stretching routines you can do in your bed!
I’ve got you hooked now, eh?
Whether you do some stretches right when you wake up before leaving your bed or after your morning lemon water, stretching is a great way to get your body moving and feel energized for the day!
Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, the morning is a great time to fit in your workout because it will give you the energy you need to take on the rest of your day.
Don’t feel like you have to join a gym or own fancy equipment to be able to workout effectively!
I workout from the comfort of my living room, and it works just fine!
I enjoy pulling up Youtube on my TV and doing one of Fitness Blender’s routines!
This channel is great because it offers so many options – whether you’re looking for a quick 10-minute full body routine or targeted routines, they’re sure to have something you’ll enjoy.
Phew, doesn’t it feel good to get your body moving first thing in the morning?
Now that you’ve worked up a good sweat it’s time to shower and eat a big, well-rounded breakfast!
4. EAT A WELL ROUNDED BREAKFAST
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?
How often do you put your breakfast on the backburner and only grab a granola bar on your way out the door?
Or worse, don’t eat breakfast at all!
I’m guilty of the latter more times than I’d like to admit, but we can all benefit from routinely eating a healthy, well-rounded breakfast.
My go-to breakfast is usually yogurt with fruit and granola, oatmeal, or breakfast toast — all super filling and delicious and equally easy to make 🙂
If you’re crunched for time in the morning, think about taking the time to prepare your breakfast the night before.
Or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, try dedicating a day out of the week to food prepping, like I do on Sunday’s.
That way, it only takes me an hour or two one day each week to have healthy and delicious meals all week long!
Oh, and hey, it’s finally time to drink that coffee you’ve been so desperately missing!
5. MORNING SKIN CARE ROUTINE & MAKEUP
I have super fussy skin, so I stick to a pretty ritualistic skin care routine!
Like I mentioned in my night routine, I’ve been experimenting with the 10-step Korean Skin Care Routine and have been loving it!
If you’re interested in what my 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine looks like, as well as the products that I use, you can check out that post here! 🙂
In the morning, though, I like to stick to something a little more simple!
First, I simply wash my face with a hydrating cleanser, such as this Cetaphil one!
Then, I apply my Cetaphil moisturizer which also has SPF in it and I’m ready to go!
Most days I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with applying makeup, but I am trying to get better about this.
This makes me feel more awake since I look more awake, ha!
Not to mention the confidence boost it gives me knowing I don’t look like a cast member from The Walking Dead.
And now we’re eady to tackle the day!
I don’t know about you, but if I stay in my pajamas or lounge clothes all day long, I’ll never get anything done!
Cause, hey, if I’m in my pajamas it’s not my fault all I can think about it crawling into my comfy cozy bed! Zzzzzz
Each morning make an effort to put together an outfit that gives you confidence!
You’re more likely to have a great and productive day if you feel good about yourself!
So, do yourself a favor and change out of those sweats!
(Leggings are still acceptable, duh)
If you can’t be bothered to put an outfit together each morning, try planning ahead on Sunday’s like I do and plan your outfits for the entire week!
Make up some cute labeled hangers and have fun with it!
Spending a few minutes on Sunday’s to plan out your outfits for the week will save you so much time throughout the week and will relieve the stress from your mornings when you don’t have to try on a million different outfits before you’re satisfied enough to leave the house!
Another thing that I’ve learned about getting dressed, is that it is a billion times easier to throw together an outfit when you don’t have a million articles of clothing.
I literally have two pairs of jeans, guys! Two!
Try a minimalist approach to your wardrobe, you might be amazed at how much you enjoy it!
7. MAKE A PLAN FOR THE DAY
If you didn’t know, I love to plan.
It makes me 100% more productive with my time each day and so of course, each morning I have to show my planner some love.
I plan out my weeks on Sunday’s – of course – but each morning I still like to look over what my day looks like.
This way, I know what things I need to work on with the blog, what personal things need to get done, and also if I have any appointments or special reminders!
Make it a habit of looking over your planner during breakfast.
That way, when you’re done, you’ll be ready to start your super productive and positive day!
There you have it! My morning routine.
I try to stick to this most mornings, but hey, sometimes life gets in the way.
The way I see it, as long as you’re making efforts each day to work on improving yourself, a few hiccups along the way don’t really matter!
We can’t all be perfect…and anybody that tries to tell you that their morning routines are perfectly executed every single day are lying…or just don’t have kids, haha!
What do you enjoy doing each morning to really wake you up and increase productivity?? I am alwaaaays looking for energy boosting tricks and tips!
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