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How to Start Your Day in a Mindful Way

by Diana Benner

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.

wake up on time to start your day in a mindful way

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.

Get moving.

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.

eat a healthy breakfast to start your day in a mindful way

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!

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Diane Camacho February 20, 2023 - 8:06 am

Very helpful my daily routine

Randa Amrou February 20, 2023 - 10:36 am

love the daily routine
Keep moving

marla taylor February 20, 2023 - 8:08 am


Zohreh Rasoulzadeh February 20, 2023 - 8:49 am

It would be so helpful to make these techniques as my morning habit to start my day in mindful way.

Jennifer Diaz Hernandez February 20, 2023 - 8:53 am

Eat a healthy breakfast
Give yourself a mental break
Get moving
Those are 3 important things to keep in mind to be mindful of yourself.

Tammy Clark Blackston February 20, 2023 - 8:57 am

I try and listen to soft music during the day to stay focused on the task at hand.

Jessica Arevalo February 20, 2023 - 8:57 am

It wouls be really good for me to use this methods to woke up with positive attitude and more energy.

Joy Graffis February 20, 2023 - 8:59 am

I guess I should stop skipping breakfast.

Karen DeLavan February 20, 2023 - 9:00 am

This is a great reminder to wake up positively

Alexandra Crus February 20, 2023 - 9:36 am

Starting your morning right with positive mindset, helps improve the rest of your day.

Cindy Welch February 20, 2023 - 9:37 am

I do go to bed early and set my alarm before I have to get up. BUT, I do not eat breakfast. 🙁 I will make a concentrated effort to do better.

Alexandra Cruz February 20, 2023 - 9:37 am

Starting your morning right with positive mindset, helps improve the rest of your day.

telisa February 20, 2023 - 9:40 am

All of these activity suggestions are great and necessary; however, for a daily “rise and shine” ..and a smooth journey to work, I personally like to listen to WayFM radio..i.e. The Wally show. Meaningful Music and honest Conversation.

Lori February 20, 2023 - 9:49 am

Very Helpful way to get my day started

maria February 20, 2023 - 9:52 am

Very important to have a morning discipline and routine that
keeps you alert and in harmony with others

Nasreen Ahmed February 20, 2023 - 10:07 am

These four things are very important in our daily life to keep us healthy.

Nana Andoh February 20, 2023 - 10:56 am

Very Knowlegeable.

Olga Fiol February 20, 2023 - 11:06 am

Very interesting!

Libby February 20, 2023 - 11:11 am

A reminder list of things that will help to get your day started.

Julia Saverline February 20, 2023 - 11:58 am

I’m not always the best at waking up at the same time everyday. This is something that I need to work on especially making sure that my breakfast is more of a healthy option than what it has been lately.

Asaiah C Israel February 20, 2023 - 12:41 pm

Great traning

Lynne Darden February 20, 2023 - 1:10 pm

I do snooze one too many times. I will try not to do that. I do stretch and have oatmeal for breakfast though. And with running around the house trying to get ready, does that count for walking? I will start meditating more before I start my day as well. Thank you for these reminders. It truly helps to keep me grounded.

leticia mena February 20, 2023 - 1:18 pm

keep moving

Lorrie Haley-Ford February 20, 2023 - 1:27 pm

A healthy structured routine is extremely important to your mental and physical health.

sorie bangura February 20, 2023 - 1:32 pm


Amy Bickett February 20, 2023 - 2:00 pm


Sima Talebzadeh February 20, 2023 - 3:06 pm

Mental break is most important for starting your day.

Mary Pena February 21, 2023 - 9:47 am

information was informative


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