There is something extremely powerful in a routine of good habits. Below are a few important steps that I take every day to set myself up for success and in turn, bring out a better me. Remember that it is a list for inspiration - not necessarily YOUR list. By testing and working through kinks, you will find your best self through habits that fit your lifestyle.
1. STAY TRUE FROM THE START:
Begin your day by following through with your first promise to yourself. Your alarm. Think about it, if you're not going to follow through with your first promise, won't that trickle into the rest of your daily habits?
Waking up when your alarm goes off (not hitting snooze) gives you a leg up on your day. You already have one point on your side. Therefore, confidence is up and the next checkmark is coming your way.
2. MOVE IN THE AM:
Sweat it out, go for a walk, stretch, move that body baby. Did you know that when you exercise
releases tiny little neurochemicals throughout your body? These little guys are called endorphins. They are your "happy pill" and what better way to start the day than just that!
Seriously, endorphins in the morning set the tone for your day. They've been proven to boost self-esteem, decrease anxiety, and even decrease signs and symptoms of depression.
To me, a hard workout to start off the day gives me confidence. I start my morning by checking off the hardest box of the day and I'm off to the races.
3. HAVE A SACRED SPACE / ROUTINE
There comes a time in the day where I get restless, lose focus, or maybe even annoyed at everyone around me (hehe yes, we all go there). When I find myself tipping into this energy, t's important for me to take time to myself, reflect, and regroup.
Whether it's taking a walk, have a space that's yours, walking yourself through a routine or ritual, we all need that time to ground ourselves. Me personally, I love to get outside and leave my phone at home. Fresh air and my own thoughts -- nothing better to me. I can come back refreshed and refocused. I find this is a major productivity hack as well -- working through a slump never gets me anywhere!
There's nothing worse than waking up early (in the dark if you're in Toronto) and you have to make decisions that for some reason seem to be so hard early in the morning. Make it easy on yourself; prepare the night before!
A few things I like to get ready the night before are:
-- Workout Clothes: this also tells me to workout and not sit on the computer all day :)
-- Coffee: I prep my beans and have my french press by the kettle for the next morning's VERY little brainpower.
-- Journal Prompts: Somedays, I just don't know what to write about (that's okay too!!!). But I do find I get more out of journaling if I have a question or topic prepared to think about.
-- Morning Pages: Again, minimal brainpower here!! I set up my morning "station" with my current book, journal, and a pen.
-- Work Prep!!! Back when we were all heading into the office I liked to prep my meal for the next day (for time, health, and $$$ reasons), along with my work outfit cause we all know how that goes when you're already running behind.
5. COMMIT YOURSELF TO A SLEEP SCHEDULE:
Let me just say, sleep is EXTREMELY underrated.
Out of them all, this is by far the most important to me. Your body has a 24-hour clock. This is called your circadian rhythm and it is influenced by external disruptors such as; light, dark, sounds, food, etc. Your brain received triggers influenced by your environment and with these triggers come different hormones which we all know have a MASSIVE impact on your day.
By sticking to a routine, your rhythm regulates, therefore, fewer mood swings, our temperature regulates, this can even lessen the effects of anxiety throughout your day.
Other ways to help your circadian rhythm:
-- Sticking to a ROUTINE
-- Get outside when the sun is shining
-- Set yourself up with proper lighting (less is more here), a comfortable mattress and pillow, and finally a steady temperature that your body can regulate to.