How to Create a Morning Routine that Will Give You Self-Confidence
Last updated on : September 12 2020
If you are like most people, you don't necessarily wake up feeling highly self-confident and ready to take on the world. Some days you may wake up feeling out of sorts, tired, a bit low, or perhaps feeling like today isn't your day.
Do you know those individuals who always seem to be operating at the top of their game? Who always seem happy, confident, and sure that their projects are coming to fruition and that everything they want to achieve that day is already a given?
Well, chances are those people don't wake up that way either. Many successful people have a preferred morning routine that they follow to start the day off strong. They apply practices to sustain their successful mindset every day. Confidence is like a muscle - you need to exercise it every day to keep it healthy.
You can create your morning routine to give you that same confidence. All it takes are some ideas and a bit of willingness. If you've got the desire to implement, we've got the ideas for you!
Here's how to craft a morning routine that will give you self-confidence in spades.
1. Prepare The Night Before
Prepare for the new day the night before to avoid a mad scramble in the morning. Preparing the night before is a huge stress reliever for you in the morning.
Check what the weather is expected to be and decide on your outfit for the next day. If you’re planning on going to the gym, get your gym bag ready before you go to bed. Prepare your lunch and pop it into the refrigerator, so it stays fresh for the following day.
Some preparation the night before allows your mornings to go by much smoother and gives you an excellent start to your day, free of worry and last-minute rushing around.
2. Make Sure You Get Sufficient Sleep
Most of us need between 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. By getting enough sleep, you are feeding not only your body but your confidence and self-esteem!
Think about how you've felt on those days when you haven't had enough sleep. Most likely, you ate things you don't normally eat, and you spent a part of your day feeling tired and not particularly at your best.
Ensuring you get enough sleep is a crucial way to take care of yourself.
3. Set Your Optimum Wake-up Time (early!)
I know you've undoubtedly heard this before. But the fact remains that successful people don't tend to start their day mid-morning. Some of them even wake up before 6 am!
Decide what time you're going to get up, and stick to it. Make sure it's early enough to allow you time for a relaxed morning routine before you have to get out the door.
There's no point hitting the snooze button, either. Those extra 5 minutes don't do you any favors, since even if you were to fall asleep, you'd be at the very start of your REM cycle when sleep quality is at its lowest.
The other disadvantage to not getting up straight away is that you're sending a message to your body that says, "I don't want to get up." Your body will become confused because it will think you are supposed to go back to sleep. Plus, by getting up immediately, you are telling your subconscious mind that YOU are in control. YOU determine how your day will go. That's a powerful message at the start of the day!
Once you get in the habit of getting out of bed when the alarm goes off, it will become automatic, and one day you won't even think about a snooze button. You'll be too busy enjoying your morning routine!
Instead of using a buzzer alarm, try waking up with your favorite music playlist. Choose music that makes you feel confident and strong. You can have your power music playing while you get ready.
4. Hydrate Yourself
Drink a large glass of water, or lemon water, first thing in the morning. Your body needs water to lubricate your joints, feed your brain, digest your food, and nourish your skin.
After a night asleep, your body has been hard at work absorbing nutrients that you've taken in during the day, so it needs hydration to start the new day by eliminating waste.
Drinking water in the morning can also kickstart your metabolism, which is no bad thing for most of us!
5. Do A Brief Yet Energetic Workout
By doing a quick yet intense exercise session, you'll get the blood flowing not only throughout your body but into your brain. Your thoughts will flow more smoothly, and you'll make decisions powerfully.
You'll also be sending a message to your body that says, "I care about myself. I'm fit and strong." Exercising often has been proven to boost self-confidence and self-esteem and your overall health and fitness levels.
A workout can be as easy as a series of jumping jacks with a hip circle resistance band followed by planks to push-ups or mountain climbers.
6. Take Some Quiet Time For Yourself
You could sit and relax listening to music, or meditate, or do some stretching exercises. Anything that requires you to be mindful will work. The idea is to remain calm and peaceful so that you can feel centered with a clear mind.
If you notice negative thoughts coming up during this time, see them without judgment. You can play a game of turning negative thoughts into positive ones.
Some people even meditate in the shower or go for a mindful walk with (or without) their dog. Choose something that feels good to you that relaxes you.
You can take advantage of this quiet time to practice affirmations, reflect on your goals, and enjoy your own company. Confident people aren't ashamed of being their cheerleaders. So you can do the same!
7. Do Some Writing Or Simple Planning
Take some time to write out plans, goals, or ideas in a journal. Instead of getting stressed about having to pick your ten top targets for the day, choose three things that you would love to accomplish by the end of the day. These three things can be things for you; they don't have to be "doing things."
Maybe you want to take a mindful walk at lunchtime today or swim at the pool near the office you've meant to visit. Or perhaps you want to call that friend that you haven't spoken to in ages.
8. Dress With Care
Choose clothing that makes you feel attractive, comfortable, and confident. Perhaps choose clothes that are a little bit dressier than you usually would wear.
While it's true that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, we all do anyway. The more attractive you feel, the more effort you put into your appearance, the more confident you will feel, and the more others will notice.
You don't have to look like an Adonis to have clean, pressed clothes in colors that suit your coloring. Every little bit makes a big difference.
9. Practice Your Smile
Studies show that smiling releases feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins. Smiling, even if it's to yourself in the mirror, is one of the fastest and easiest ways to feel good and build self-esteem.
The more you can smile, the more confident you appear - most confident people have a ready smile. Project the attitude of a happy, successful person, and before you know it, you'll feel happier and more successful. It sounds simple, but it works!
People will also be more apt to approach you if you smile, so you'll be more likely to meet new people and solidify bonds with coworkers and clients.
Just remember to smile with your whole face and not just your mouth. If a smile isn't genuine, people can tell, so practice makes perfect!
Smiling at yourself in the mirror may seem like a silly idea at first, but if you practice doing it every day, you'll be amazed at how you'll feel in a week. Try it and see!
10. Eat Something Nourishing
Breakfast is supposed to feed you after a night of fasting. By giving your body food that nourishes it, you are once again sending the powerful message that you love yourself and that you are in control of your life.
If you have to prepare an overnight oat bowl the night before, do it. If eating breakfast requires you to plan your food shopping or get up 10 minutes earlier, be it. There's a lot to be appreciated for eating a good breakfast. Your energy will get better, and your mind will work better.
You can choose from these 7 brain breakfast foods to begin with. Get creative and treat yourself!
Remember that to get the most benefit from your breakfast, it's essential to eat mindfully (slowly while paying attention to what you're eating). If you wolf down your food at top speed, you won't digest it as well. You'll be sending the message to your body that food isn't necessary, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to focus on nourishing yourself.
11. Make The Most Of Your Commuting Time
If you are someone who commutes, you can put this time to fair use. Listen to podcasts of fiction stories, or business podcasts in your industry, or stand-up comedians to get you laughing. Learn some phrases of a new language, even if it's just some phrases for traveling.
You could exercise your brain in a fun way by doing some brain puzzles such as Sudoku or crosswords. Note: word games on paper are NOT the same as on the phone... but if you must use your phone, it's better to do that than do nothing at all.
Think of the time you spend on your commute: you could quickly learn a new skill at that time. And how satisfying would that be!
There you have it. I wish you success in implementing these top tips to boost your confidence through your new and powerful morning routine!
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