Morning habits of successful women

What’s the first thing you do in the morning after turning off your alarm? If your answer is ‘checking my phone,’ you probably need to reconsider your morning habits. A strong morning routine is fundamental to starting your day on the right foot. Here are 12-morning habits to climb the ladder of success. 

Meditation 

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Including a quick 10 or 15-minute meditation session in your morning is a great way to kick-start your day. Healthline explains how meditating can have plenty of benefits for your health, including reduced stress and anxiety and improved attention span. 

Regularity 

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No matter how tired you are, try your best to avoid the snooze bottom. The more regular your sleeping schedule is, the better. A 2009 academic paper has found a correlation between irregular sleeping patterns and poor sleep quality, which can have terrible consequences for your daily energy levels. CNN also shows how those with irregular sleeping schedules have a two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Journaling 

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Journaling can be a great way to shut up the thousands of voices crowding your head in the early morning. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes every day to write down how you feel, what you have to do today, and whatever makes you stressed or anxious. The simple act of writing things down on paper will help clear your mind from these thoughts and achieve better clarity.  

Screen time off

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Nothing is worse than checking your phone as soon as you wake up. No matter what work duties you have, they can surely wait a few minutes. Reading your emails and texts in the early morning immediately puts you in a ‘working mood,’ preventing you from enjoying the first minutes of your day. 

Water

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Make sure to have a full glass of water first thing in the morning. Just think about it. You just spent the last eight hours without drinking anything, your body is probably in need of liquids. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also help flush out toxins, improve cognitive function, and boost energy levels, setting a positive tone for the day ahead.

Music

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Music has a massive effect on our disposition. Playing relaxing genres, such as lo-fi, piano pieces, or smooth jazz can help you set up the right mood for the day. Experiment with different genres and playlists to find the music that best suits your tasks and boosts your productivity.

Stretching

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Early in the morning, our bodies tend to be super stiff. Opt for a quick stretching session to relax your muscles and mind. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, improving flexibility and range of motion while also promoting a sense of relaxation and mental clarity to start your day on a positive note.

Positive affirmation

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Choose a few phrases, such as “I am enough. I have enough” or “I allow myself to be more fully me” and say them out loud a few times. This will help you gain confidence and start your day with some well-deserved self-love.

Planning 

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Planning your day often helps us feel in control of our lives. Set aside a few minutes every morning to write down what you want to achieve in the next 24 hours, but be realistic. Try your best to keep your to-do list to two big tasks and three smaller ones to avoid feeling overwhelmed. 

Exercise 

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A bit of exercise can help you boost your energy and productivity. But no need to exaggerate. A short walk outside or a 15-minute yoga session will already bring plenty of benefits to your day. Engaging in even a brief bout of exercise prompts the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with improved mood and cognitive function.

Self-care 

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We often associate the evening with self-care, but mornings can also be a great time to indulge in this practice. Whether through a hot shower, a healthy and nutritious breakfast, or a quick gratitude practice, you should always have something to look forward to in the morning.

Reading

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There’s nothing better than enjoying a smoking cup of coffee and a good novel early in the morning. This can help you switch off the thousands of thoughts in your brain for some time and simply enjoy the moment. Try your best to avoid reading the news as these can lead to unnecessary stress. 

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