When most people think about morning routines, the last benefit they probably consider is its ability to prevent burnout.
While we may be on the other side of the pandemic, it has stretched many of us thin from the demands made on our personal and professional lives.
No matter if you’re a small business owner, director, or parent, the demands you have had to juggle to survive the last two years have taken its toll.
In this post, we’re going to cover the 3 activities you can incorporate into your morning routine that will protect and rejuvenate your emotional, mental, and physical health- activities that you can start incorporating into your daily life today.
Our 3 morning routine activities include:
- Plan Your Day the Night Before
- Have Alone Time
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Before we get started, it’s important to note that you can adapt these activities to suit your interests, lifestyle, and availability. Your morning routine is always customizable to suit your current needs.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
Planning your day the night before is our go-to for laying out everything we need to get done and creating a plan that’s realistic because let’s face it, our brains are either telling us we can do too much or we can’t get anything done at all.
We advise clients to pick no more than 3 tasks that are have-to’s per day, allowing you because not everything can be urgent at once with 10 to-do’s in total per day.
Whatever doesn’t get done, simply it roll over to the next day but remember to ask for help, especially with the things you need to get done in your personal life!
Remember, the goal isn’t to be a martyr- the goal is to complete what needs to be done.
Have Alone Time in the Morning
Like planning your day the night before, taking 10-30 minutes to just be by yourself when you first wake up does so much to improve and sustain your mental clarity.
Whether you choose to exercise, journal, or simply sit in silence, having that time to yourself without interacting with anyone else will allow thoughts and feelings to come to the surface that would otherwise be drowned out by the demands of the day.
Now here at Vivid, we’re big fans of journaling because it forces you to write whatever is coming up for you without judgment. It also does an amazing job at lowering your anxiety.
Over the next 7 days, try taking 10 minutes to sit and write whatever is on your mind right when you wake up and see how it affects the rest of your day.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast before your day starts doesn’t mean having a big meal, but it does mean eating whole, nutritious food that will sustain your energy.
Not a fan of breakfast? No problem, but if you’re like so many of us who are susceptible to breakroom donuts and sugary lattes, having a healthy and delicious breakfast beforehand can stop you from riding that unstable, sugary rollercoaster.
If you want to ease your burnout, incorporating these 3 morning routine activities will provide sustained long-term relief.
Tight on time? Start with planning your day the night before and what kind of effect it has on your day. You may even find it frees up more time for you in the morning.