Written by Jade
Creating a realistic morning routine can be the answer to a productive day. If you are on social media you have undoubtedly seen influencers talk about this but finding a realistic morning routine is what is actually important. If the idea of a 6am alarm, green juice and a trip to the gym doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry. We don’t blame you.
Here at TalkThirtea, we are all about creating a morning routine that is realistic, but you can still feel satisfied with yourself by the time you sit down at the desk.
- Do not snooze your alarm
The first thing we recommend you do, is find a time that works for you and stick with it. Whether it be 7am or 10am, do NOT snooze. When that alarm goes off, force yourself to get up. The first few times you may feel like burrowing your head under the covers, but after a week, you will get used to it. If you are a notorious late sleeper, push your alarm back by 15 minutes each day until you are at your desired wake up hour.
2. Resist the urge to scroll on your phone
Some people are good at moderation… they will check their emails or instagram feed for 5 minutes then get on with their day. Most of us, however, are not. Social media is notoriously addictive, after all it is built that way. We get a dopamine hit every time we scroll and it is difficult to stop. Starting your day off by spending 30 minutes scrolling through instagram and social media is hardly the productive start we are after. Leave the phone on your bedside table!
3. Make your bed
Psychologically, starting the day by achieving this simple task leads to us to be more productive for the rest of the day. You have already achieved your first task, why not tick off some more? A tidy bed might even encourage you to keep the rest of your bedroom tidy. A simple but effective trick!
4. Hydrate your body
After 7-8 hours of sleep, our bodies are gasping for that H20. I always refill my water bottle right before bed. We all know about the importance of hydration. This reminds me to drink my water, especially before my caffeine hit! Once I drink that first bottle, it is easier to keep hydrated the rest of the day too.
5. Move your body
This one sounds difficult but moving your body doesn’t have to mean going on a jog or anything too strenuous. However, I find that even 10 minutes of body stretches or a quick yoga routine is an excellent way to get the blood flowing and release some stiffness. I highly recommend Yoga with Adrienne on youtube, for any level whether you are a beginner or pro.
When that alarm goes off, rather than picking up your phone, take a few minutes to think about all the things in your life that you are grateful for. Just remind yourself of how lucky you truly are rather than focusing on the day ahead. This mind shift can completely change your outlook on life.
So what does your morning routine look like? Are you an early bird or do you struggle to get out of bed? Try implementing some of these tips into your morning routine for a week and let us know how you get on!