Fall has ascended upon us and the leaves have begun to change colors. Busy schedules and routines have become part of our week again making this a great time to evaluate our daily habits.
There is power in positive thinking and planning ahead. Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like you are constantly looking for the things you misplaced? Or maybe you have been running non-stop to catch up from one thing and It's pushed everything else back. To help start your day on the right foot, try take taking the time for a little planning the night before. Prepare what you can in advance to allow for less stress and a more positive mindset.
Tips for a smoother day:
· Prepare lunch the night before (or even better: on the weekend for the week!). Put it in the fridge all together so you can grab and go
· Set your clothes out the night before
· Visualize the next morning and how it will go
· Plan for downtime for yourself to rest and heal
· Each morning utilize a form of prayer, mediation or gratitude
· Limit your to-do list to 3 items (that’s right, find the most important things). Ask yourself what you can do today that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?
· Chunk your GIANT goals into small digestible pieces. This will help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Did you know that planning, as well as visualizing how the next morning will go can help make your visions a reality? This allows insight to be pre-established in your subconscious. This can also help us to reduce the cortisol in our system. Cortisol is a hormone in our body that is also known as the stress hormone. When this hormone is imbalanced in our system it can make us feel anxious as well as increase our body weight in and around our midsection.
It is essential to have habits that set us up for success on a daily basis. Setting a routine, especially in the morning, is one of the best ways to ensure that we do not miss anything. Have you ever been like me where you wish that there were more hours in the day to get everything done? Well, research has shown that a healthy morning routine can increase productivity throughout the day. While we may not be able to add more minutes to the day, we can control how well we use those minutes.