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Coaching Corner: Make the Most of your Mornings

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Mornings are by far my favorite time of the day.  Each beginning of the day brings about new opportunities; there is great hope in mornings. What is your morning routine?

Most people start their day when the alarm goes off; they open up their eyes just wide enough to find the snooze button and then go back to sleep.  They wake up again when the alarm goes off, hit the snooze button and close their eyes again. This can go on for some time. Many of us even set our alarms a few minutes early so that we have time to hit the snooze button a few more times before we have to get up.

Getting out of bed at the first beep is your first opportunity to say “yes” for the day.  By establishing a good and efficient morning routine, we will no longer succumb to hectic mornings, but establish our own pace for the day.

Below are a few ideas of how to take back your mornings. Implementing just one of these suggestions can have a huge impact on your morning and ultimately your day.

Hydrate: The first thing most of us stumble for in the morning is the coffee machine. There is something so comforting and warming about a cup of coffee. Before you pour that first cup, drink one full glass of water.  You may not realize it, but your body loses a good amount of water throughout the night. Hydrating first thing will replenish that lost water. We all know the benefits of proper hydration. Why not get a jump on the day?

Prepare the night before: This is a great strategy for an energized and efficient morning. Instead of trying on every outfit in your closet in the morning or digging through the laundry for your kid’s favorite t-shirt, lay out clothes the night before. We called it “laying out your bodies” growing up. Pick out everything from shirt to socks, taking all of the guess work out of “what will I wear today?” If you bring your lunch to work or pack meals for your family, try assembling what you can in the evening and add the finishing touches in the morning. This will cut down on the work to be done first thing as well as give you more time to preparing healthy options.

Eat breakfast:  Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day for a variety of reasons.  For one, It helps you make better choices throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, then you are more likely to overeat or make poor choices later on in the day when the hunger catches up with you. Remember that food is fuel; breakfast will replenish your glycogen stores and give you energy to dive into your day.

Quite time: How often do we sit down at the end of the day and realize that we have not really checked in with ourselves that day? That we have been going all day and we have not taken an inventory of what is happening in our lives, what we are doing, or how we are feeling? Mornings are the best time for a little “me” time.  Sitting even 10 minutes in the quiet can do amazing things to positively impact your day. This is a time to reconnect with you. Review goals for the week and how they are going, do some spiritual reading or meditate. Whatever it takes for you to relax, check in and mentally prepare to be present in the day.

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