5 Steps to Start Your Day Right

We've all had days where we wish we never got out of bed. You get dressed and then spill coffee on your shirt right as you are heading out the door. Or you leave home without the diaper bag. Or anything else that sets you up on the wrong foot. Here are 5 steps to help you start your day right and be able to overcome obstacles.

Get a good night's sleep. It may seem like I do a lot, and I do. Between work, grad school, teaching dance, blogging, my non-profit and family life, I have a lot on my plate. But I always try to get between 7-7.5 hours of sleep each night. That means going to bed by 10:30 to be up at 6. There's no way around it. Getting a good night's sleep provides you energy for the day, help keep your mind clear, and even helps prevent the munchies. When you are well rested, you don't need snacks to keep you up! This is key for a productive day. A good night's sleep is never a waste of time

Make your to do list. If you read last Friday's post, you know that I am a big proponent of to do lists and I told you just how I make mine. Whether you do it in the morning or the night before, having a to do list ensures that you know what you need to get done that day. It helps keep you focused and feel less stressed. You can even split the process. Do the brain dump the night before and then choose your 3 to dos in the morning when you are clear headed.

Exercise in the morning. Does that sound like torture? It shouldn't. Find an exercise you love and do it. I like a mix of weights and cardio. It makes me feel strong and helps me work up a sweat. Exercise should make you feel energized when you are done, not exhausted. This sets you up for burning extra calories throughout your day, helps clear your mind, helps you fall asleep better at night, reduces your hunger and is great for your figure. You really can't beat that. Even at 32 weeks pregnant, I'm working out daily. I've modified my workouts of course, but I work out and feel empowered for my day.

Eat a healthy breakfast. Have maybe a small snack before your work out, but definitely eat a healthy breakfast at some point after. Some healthy proteins and even some carbs can set you on the right track. Maybe some oatmeal, or a green smoothie, or how about egg and avocado on whole wheat toast! There are plenty of options that taste good and are good for you.

Spend some time each morning playing with your kids. I get up at 6 have my workout, shower and get dressed. Then it's time for breakfast with T. He gets up around 7 so we have a god 1.5 hours before I have to leave at 8:30. Now part of that time is making and eating breakfast and doing my hair possibly and or makeup. However, I make it a point to have some time where we just play together. Starting my day know that we already had some quality time together no matter what the rest of the day has in store does wonders for me. Things may change when #2 comes and later when at starts school, but for the past 3 years we have played together every morning and it's a great way to start my day.

What to you do to get yourself on the right track in the morning? Share your tips in the comments!!

Cheers,

Emily

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