How to Have a Great Morning

 

By Kally Draycott, Co-Working Space Coordinator & Host. 

 

Mornings – some of us love them, most of us hate them. SO many factors are involved in the mornings – school runs, dog walks, early meetings or simply getting out of bed, but with a few thoughts and simple changes, our mornings can go from manic to motivating.

Stop Snoozing

       As tempting as it may be, stop hitting the snooze button on your alarm. The 8-10 minutes of extra sleep you’ll get won’t be quality sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling groggy. You’re better off just getting out of bed the first time. Plus, some studies show that the disruption in your sleep triggers a response that increases your heart rate and blood pressure.  If you struggle to resist the “just 10 more minutes” urge, have your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off.

 

Make Your Bed

       It’s easy to leave our beds un-made or convince ourselves we’re too busy, but making your bed is a great way to set an intention for your day. By making your bed, you’ve already accomplished the first task of the day. 

 

10 Minutes to Yourself

       Take 10 minutes to yourself. It can be tempting to reach for your phone first thing in the morning, but try to avoid temptation. Scheduling time in the morning for self-care is a great way to curb stress, improve focus and enhance motivation.                      

       Some ideas for morning “me-time”:

              1. Meditation or journaling.

              2. Exercise – whether you go for a full-on run or do some gentle stretches, exercise gets your blood flowing, boost motivation, and produces endorphins for the rest of your day.

              3. Go outside – take a short morning walk or simply stand in the fresh air. Sunlight improves mood, helps with vitamin D production, and boosts serotonin levels. 

Coworker Tips

I asked Society1 member Mich Bondesio for her top tips for a great morning – here’s what she had to say: 

Mich (Mish) Bondesio is a writer, business coach and podcaster who has been coworking at Society1 since 2018.

“I’m a big fan of having morning and evening routines and rituals, as they set you up for a focused and effective work day, in a way that also supports your wellbeing and creativity. After my own experience of epic burnout a few years ago, I know how important it is to start your day with intention, and so I now coach on these aspects too. 

I have a very specific morning routine that starts with green tea and journaling. Keeping it to a single page of A5, my journaling involves a quick thought dump of anything that’s on my mind, a note about what I’m grateful for, and stating the top three things I intend to get done in the day. 

Then I usually walk or do yoga or spend time on my personal writing work before I start my day with clients. 

Recently I also re-started my meditation practice, after taking some time away from it. I’ve found that has improved my focus and reduced my feelings of stress considerably, and so it is now once again part of my morning routine to ensure I have a great day.

Another important thing I do before I start work is to make my bed. It signifies transition and readies my brain for the day ahead.”

What are your best practices for a great morning? Feel free to share!