Starting your day in a mindful way can have numerous benefits. It can improve your mental health, boost your productivity, and even improve your relationships with others. Here are four simple ways you can improve your mornings.
Wake up at the same time every day.
You might be tempted to catch a few extra minutes of sleep. However, hitting the snooze button is sure to add some stress to your morning. Instead, try to go to bed earlier and set your alarm clock earlier than usual. This will allow you some time to gradually get out of bed and not feel rushed.
Do some light exercise, like taking a quick walk outside, doing yoga, or stretching. This can help get you into a more positive mindset. By getting the blood flowing, you are stimulating the body and mind, which in turn helps you feel less tired and in a better mood throughout the day.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
It’s easy to want to skip breakfast, especially if you are in a hurry. However, it’s true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You will have more energy throughout the day if you eat a healthy breakfast.
Give yourself a mental break.
Give yourself a mental break by taking a few minutes to sit quietly or listen to a guided meditation. It’s easy to immediately want to check your inbox or other work-related tasks. However, it’s important to give yourself a mental break first thing in the morning. If you commute, listen to an audiobook in order to start your day on a more positive note.
Want to learn even more about mindfulness and how you can incorporate it and other social-emotional learning competencies into your classroom? Join Diana for her “Exploring Social-Emotional Learning” session at the 2023 TCEA Convention & Exposition session on Tuesday, January 31 to get plenty of ideas to take with you. Register now for TCEA 2023!