For many people, mornings are fraught with unexplainable stress. From the disturbing noise of the alarm clock to skipping your breakfast to struggling to prepare for work, mornings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Without a doubt, as soon as you wake up your mind gets flooded with things that that need your attention. And that’s overwhelming! However, even with a tight schedule and a busy day ahead, you can reduce morning stress by developing a strict morning routine.
Need convincing? These are some of the benefits of establishing a morning routine:
- Prepares you for the day
- Increases your productivity
- Reduces stress
- It makes you feel in control
- Boosts your energy levels
- Key to developing healthy habits
- Improves your confidence
Some people hop directly out of bed, red-eyed, but ready for what the day brings along. Such people don’t have a problem making and executing their decisions. However, some cannot do the same without some hot coffee or lemon water to clear the morning fog. If you’re one of the latter, don’t underestimate the importance of preparation. Take some time to think through what causes you stress in the morning. Then figure out an action item for each stressor. This might include picking an outfit, choosing what to eat for breakfast, finding your office keys, or packing your lunch. Your list may be different depending on your daily activities.
2. Check the Local Weather Forecast
Checking the weather forecast is also important as you prepare to face the next day. This is an often overlooked step in the morning routine. Getting stuck in nasty weather is probably the quickest way of having a bad day! A weather forecast influences several aspects of your day like your outfit, the route you take, and errands that you can complete during the day. Don’t skip it!
3. Choose Your Outfit
Once you’ve checked the weather forecast, you can choose your outfit for the day. If necessary, iron your clothes the night before, so you aren’t rushing to do it in the morning. Then put your clothes where you’ll need them in the morning. Don’t forget to pick any accessories that you intend to wear – a watch, necklace, earrings, and so on. Doing this ahead of time eliminates the need to make decisions with the morning fog.
4. Lay Out Your Beauty and Hygiene Items
Certainly everybody has some sort of a beauty regime that they practice every morning. Whether your regime is quick or complicated, preparing the essentials ahead of time is beneficial. Lay everything out in the place you’ll use it, and in the order you’ll use it during your morning routine. Then put away your beauty and hygiene items as you finish using them. You will be ready when no items are remaining on the counter!
5. Plan Your Meals
Deciding what to have for breakfast is a daily challenge for a lot of people. But you shouldn’t skip it! A good breakfast not only provides the much-needed energy to start your day but also improves your memory and concentration during the day. Likewise, you’ll need a plan for your lunch. Lunch is important as it helps maintain the blood sugar level and also improves concentration. If you don’t fancy cooking in the morning, plan and prepare your meals ahead of time.
6. Pick Your Travel Essentials
All this preparation becomes a waste of time if you can’t get where you intend to go. So set out everything you’ll need to get around during the day. That might include a wallet, cell phone, subway card, keys, badges, and more. Like the arrangement you did with clothing, position these items where you will most likely need them. Most people prefer placing them on the counter or close to the door. Now your morning routine is done and you’re good to go!