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I’ll admit I’m not very good at keeping up with my morning routine. When I wrote my first post on this topic, I stuck to it for a few days, but soon I found myself pushing snooze for just a few more minutes of sleep and checking my emails while I brushed my teeth. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to figure out a routine that I can keep up with and that will get my day started on the right foot.

5 things to do every morning for a better day. Love these!

By just focusing on these five things every morning, it makes the first hour of the day so much more manageable and meaningful. Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think!

1. Stretch.
While I wish I could fit in a few sun salutations every morning, most of the time I stretch when I’m getting out of bed and while I’m doing other small tasks, like drying my hair or putting on lotion. Getting my body moving helps me wake up and gets the blood flowing, making me feel good overall.

2. Read.
When I say read, I don’t mean catch up on the Instagrams you missed during the night or scroll through your Facebook notifications. Read something substantial that will stimulate your mind, whether it’s an audiobook or podcast you listen to while you shower and get ready or the news over your bowl of cereal.

3. Eat protein.
Avoid the sugary pop-tarts and get something in your body that will actually give you lasting energy. If you have time to make scrambled eggs, great, but if not, just do what I do and grab a Greek yogurt on the way out the door.

4. Journal.
Take a few seconds to pull out a notebook and write down three things you’re thankful for. This practice will put your mind in the right place to face the day with confidence and gratitude. If it’s easier for you to do this at night before bed, that works too.

5. Create your to-do list.
It can be overwhelming to make a list of every single little thing you need to do during the day, so I usually write down my top three priorities in one place and all the other things in another column. This helps me stay focused on the most important things and make the most of my day.

Whether these five things work for you or you come up with your own simplified morning routine, you’ll be able to start your day with intention. For even more ideas, read my other post on making the most of your mornings.

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