Each morning is an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of our day. Establishing a routine to follow once you roll out of bed can help you plan your to-do list, be more productive, and set intentions. Whether you’re an early bird or more of a night owl, we’ve got five tips for creating the best morning routine to kick off your day.

Say “no” to the snooze button

When your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s all too tempting to hit the snooze button to get a few more minutes of sleep. However, research shows that relying on the snooze button could actually be making you more tired. For a healthy morning routine, try getting up with your first alarm in the mornings. We promise it’ll get easier over time, and you’ll feel more refreshed if you start your day right away. 

Ditch the phone (for a little while)

For many of us, our phones are the last thing we use at night and the first thing we grab in the morning. While it’s great to catch up on anything you might have missed overnight, staying in bed and scrolling through your feed immediately throws you into work mode and distracts you from preparing for the day. For the best morning routine, try unplugging for a few minutes after you wake up, and make your morning cup of coffee or tea instead. 

Spend a few minutes doing something you love

Getting ready in the mornings can seem like a race against the clock. Avoid dreading the morning chaos by choosing something you love, like journaling, reading, working out, or going for a walk, and adding it to your morning routine. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, focusing on something you enjoy will help set a positive tone for the rest of your day.

Sleep well

Creating the best morning routine often starts the night before. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Before bed is also the perfect time for some simple self-care. Wind down with a relaxing face mask, a warm bath, or a good book, and wake up ready to take on the day.

Be real with yourself

We understand every morning won’t be picture-perfect. Some nights, you’ll stay out late and need a few more minutes of sleep. Some mornings, you just won’t be in the mood to journal or cook breakfast. If you get off track with your morning routine, try again the next day. Remember, a healthy morning routine is based off of helpful habits, not a strict set of rules to follow.

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