How to start the day off right

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The night before…

  • Create a plan – make a realistic plan for tomorrow, so that when you wake up, you know exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. By doing this, you will avoid being stressed and the hassle of being late.
  • Get organised – if you’re going to be leaving the house the next day, pack your bag and figure out what you’re going to wear. This will also maximise your morning because you won’t be wasting time thinking about this in the morning.
  • Set an alarm – make sure this is realistic and leaves you enough time to get your morning routine done in an orderly and not rushed way. Here’s a tip: when possible, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, as your body will learn when it is meant to rest.
  • Sleep enough – get a good night’s sleep (between 7 and 9 hours) so that you can start the day feeling energised. Don’t expect to fall asleep straight away; there’s nothing worse that not being able to sleep because you keeping thinking you should be asleep.

It’s a new day…

  • Wake up with a positive attitude – if you need some encouragement, find a quote and stick it on your mirror, or tell yourself three positive points about yourself or what you want to achieve that day. Do not entertain any negative feelings from yesterday, today is a new day and a clean slate!
  • Get yourself energised – take a shower, or if you’d like, do a bit of exercise – not only does it make you feel accomplished so early in the morning, but those endorphins that make you happy really do exist!
  • Breakfast – make sure it’s healthy and substantial; ultimately, find something that you’ll look forward to eating; I’ve personally been loving cereal topped with berries. As well as that, give yourself enough time to eat, digest, and enjoy it.
  • Before you step out the door – make a conscious decision to think positively about everything you have to do that day, because everything is in your hands, and you decide what will be good and what will be bad!
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