Is it morning already?
No. It’s 4 am. It means a few more hours of sleep.
And you close your eyes with a wide smile on your face. But then you wake up at 9, tired and late for work. For the rest of the day, you chase your responsibilities, or the responsibilities chase you. Either way, by evening, the stress and fatigue begin to wear you down. At night, you tuck yourself in, spend some time on YouTube and drift off to sleep.
The day repeats from the next morning.
This is the story of millions around the world, who start and end their day on the same note. Tiredness. But, what if you were told that a simple change in the morning habits can completely change the way your day unfolds?
According to Jacqueline Pirtle, mindfulness and happiness coach and author of 365 Days of Happiness: Because happiness is a piece of cake, “That split second when you wake up counts the most because right then and there you can set the tone of your new day for how you want it to be.”
Each of us has some unconsciously formed habits that are integral to our daily routines. Be it brushing teeth, reading a newspaper, or putting on the left shoe first—all are naturally formed habits that don’t require much thought. But, these routines are different from rituals. A ritual needs the right attitude, followed by taking concrete actions. A 2012 study reveals that it takes more than two months for a habit to turn into a routine—66 days to be exact—depending on the behaviour, the individual, and their circumstances.
When you cultivate the right morning habits, you feel more positive and energised throughout the day. In the words of American national workplace expert and author, Lynn Taylor, “How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. It can also derail or direct your focus. If you remain committed to good morning work habits, you won’t fall prey to feeling unproductive and distracted at the end of the day or week.”
In this feature, Soulveda shares effective morning habits that are easy to develop and practice.
Make your bed and tidy the room
“From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life,” observes Marie Kondo, a well-known Japanese organising consultant. In the morning, if the first thing you do is make your bed and tidy the room, it will be one task checked off of your list. When tidying becomes a part of your ritual, it encourages you to organise your thoughts
Psychologists suggest, a messy room represents a disorganised mental state. So, as you clean, and place everything at its designated place, your mind declutters as well. The sense of accomplishment you get with this morning ritual lifts your mood and sets the tone for the rest of your day.
To see how well this simple ritual works, make your bed every morning for a month and observe the changes in your mood, mindset, and day.
Apart from achieving a sense of calm and control, exercise also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and keeps you fit.