What we do in the morning sets the pace for the rest of the day. Creating a healthy morning routine will help you feel less stressed, flustered, disorganised and unproductive. It all starts by doing new things daily, which will eventually turn into habits, letting you reap the rewards as your overall health and wellbeing improves as your stress levels go down. It can be tough to completely overhaul your morning routine, so try these first steps to get you well on your way.

Rise early

We all know how it feels to sleep past the alarm and then wake up in a frenzy, trying to get to work on time. Train your body and mind to wake up a bit earlier. Instead of aiming for a whole half hour or hour all at once, start by rising earlier in 10 minute increments. Try to wind down an hour before bedtime, with a strict no-tech policy. Remove all smartphones and electronic devices where you can, so you can’t be tempted to stay up scrolling on Instagram or Facebook. You’ll sleep better, and will be ready to rise and shine when your alarm goes off.

Ease into the morning

If you start your day rushing around scrambling to get out the door, there’s a good chance the rest of your day will fly by in the same stressed flutter. When rising early, make sure you give yourself enough time to not only get ready, but savour the morning. Try sitting and enjoying your coffee in peace before the day unfolds – you’ll feel much more zen and in the zone to take on the day.

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Don’t skip breakfast

A good meal in the morning gives you energy to get on with your day, and a protein-rich one will also fill and fuel you up so you don’t need to reach for a mid-morning snack. Eggs, chia seed puddings, oatmeal and peanut butter on toast are all great breakfast choices.

Get organised

If we’re not organised, we’re leaving out room for personal development. When we are surrounded by clutter, whether in an office or home setting, we’re bringing in more chaos to our everyday life. First step: tidy your house before bed so you wake up to a clean space. Secondly, give your work space a quick tidy before you begin your day – if it’s messy in the morning, it’s only going to get worse throughout the day!