How do your days begin? Do you roll out of bed at the last possible minute before rushing out the door for school or for work? Or do you invest in a good, healthy start-of-your-day routine?
Having a morning routine has been proven to increase energy, optimism, and productivity throughout the day. All three of those things are invaluable to those in recovery, so if you’ve never tried building a good morning routine, maybe now’s the time to start!
Building Your Routine
Here are some tips we’ll offer as you think about the morning routine that’s right for you:
Ease into the day. A mad rush is a poor way to start your day. Instead, try to give yourself enough time in the morning to enjoy some sunlight coming in through your blinds. Do some quick yoga poses or stretches. Mediate or journal. Spend just 10 minutes reading a book. Or, just put on some positive, mood-enhancing music.
Make time for breakfast. There’s no two ways about it: Breakfast is a vital start to your day. It doesn’t have to be something big or heavy. A light, healthy snack and a glass of water—followed by coffee—can be just fine.
Stimulate your mind and body. We already mentioned reading and exercise—both are good ways to engage your brain and your body as the new day begins. Ideally, you can devote time in the morning to doing something intellectual and then something physical. Or, you could do both at once—maybe listening to an audiobook while you go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood?