OK, before you say you’re too busy in the morning, or that you’re too tired or are in a rush to get to school, let us convince you that mornings are perhaps the most important time of the entire day. Your morning can set the tone for how the rest of the day goes, so it’s crucial to set yourself up for success from the minute your alarm goes off. And that doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. Here are five things you can do every single morning to start your day on the right, perfectly pointed foot.
1. Refuse to snooze.
Nothing good comes from hitting the snooze button. Instead, vow to turn off your alarm and begin the waking up process. When you hit snooze, you may get nine additional minutes of shut-eye, but those aren’t quality minutes. You’re better off getting going right away.
2. Take five deep breaths before you get out of bed.
In through the nose, out through the mouth. Let yourself wake up slowly, and take deep breaths with the idea that you’re inhaling the good stuff and exhaling any negativity that may be lingering from the day before.
3. Wiggle your fingers and toes and stretch — in bed!
Rather than plopping your cold feet on the ground and making a mad dash for the shower, wake your muscles up while you’re still in bed. Start by wiggling your fingers and toes, and gradually start to lengthen your arms and legs, ending in a full body stretch with your arms overhead. Take a few breaths here, and then you can make your way to the shower.
4. Wash your face and brush your teeth.
You’re already doing these things, right? Great news! Keep it up.
5. Apply sunscreen — even if it’s not sunny outside.
Opt for a moisturizer with SPF, which won’t leave your face greasy or oily but will protect against sun damage and those harmful rays. We love this one.
Now go forth and have a great day!