If every new day brings a battle with the snooze button, it’s time for a better morning routine!
Start by assessing your current mornings. Ask yourself how you would like to feel in the morning. Maybe more energized? More productive? Calmer? Next, reflect on what might be getting in the way. Is it reaching for your phone as soon as you open your eyes? Finally, imagine what activities might foster your desired morning state: Perhaps it’s swapping your Instagram scrolling for a morning jog or journaling for 10 minutes with a cup of tea. Once you’ve determined what you’d like your mornings to include, make the new routine appealing—that way you’ll actually stick with it! For example, plan a new route or playlist for that morning jog, or buy your favorite tea to savor while you journal.
Be thankful at bedtime
Write down three things you’re grateful for before going to bed each night. Research suggests that practicing gratitude can increase well-being and positive emotions, making it easier to focus on the things we have to look forward to when we wake up. Plus, practicing gratitude may improve sleep quality and duration, making mornings even less hazy!