During this unusual and challenging period where we’re all spending a lot more time at home, optimizing your morning routine is critical for starting every day on a positive note. While we all have different ways of coping with change, incorporating mindfulness into your mornings can help you feel more positive and prepared for the day.
Two out of three Americans long for more control of their mornings, and now that 42% of us are working from home, many are finding that they’ve gained back time due to no longer having to commute or travel for work. Use this extra time to prioritize your mental health, set daily intentions, and focus on gratitude.
Resetting Your Routine
Try breaking down your morning and focusing on certain mantras during different phases of your routine. Incorporating mindfulness into your morning can increase your productivity once you start working. Research shows that mindfulness at work can improve your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress.
Below are a few ways to incorporate mindfulness into your morning routine:
- Practice mindful awareness: Before you get out of bed, make an effort to be present. Increase your awareness of your surroundings using your senses and avoid immediately checking your phone or email.
- Focus on gratitude: Even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you’re bound to feel a little better when you force yourself to remember all of life’s gifts. Journal one to three things you are grateful for before getting ready for work.
- Set daily intentions: Wake up earlier than needed to make your to do list and allow yourself time to effectively prepare for the day. Feeling rushed to accomplish tasks can increase anxiety and distract from focus.
Originally published @ https://tommyjohn.com/blogs/news/morning-routine-printables