We have all formed some sort of morning routine that contains habits that either jump start our day or that just help us ease into our day.  Coffee and hot showers are quite popular habits that make up many people’s mornings.  Below are four habits to consider including in your mornings to add a bit of spice to your day.  Adding one or more of these habits is all be guaranteed to improve your mornings and stick with you throughout the day.

Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

Hitting the snooze button once can easily turn two or three times, giving you less time to start your morning routine. Besides, waking up and falling back asleep every five or 10 minutes isn’t exactly restful.  It results in having to dash through your shower, breakfast, and everything else that you do before starting your day.

Keep a Dream Journal

Many sleep experts recommend starting a dream journal, both as a way of centering yourself in the morning and coming to a better understanding of your unconscious mind.  While it may be all but impossible to understand the exact meaning of a given dream, it’s possible to track patterns over time.  Unless you’re keeping a dream journal, you’ll probably forget most of the details that could shed some light on what’s going on in your psyche.

Eat the Frog (Metaphorically, Of Course)

According to a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.” In simpler terms, conquer your most difficult task as early in the morning as possible so that it doesn’t occupy your mind for the rest of the day.  Besides, you’ll feel accomplished even if you only complete the one task on a particular day. The takeaway is to start your day with a feeling of accomplishment, rather than procrastinating for as long as possible.

Meditate

If you’ve never meditated, it can sound like a peculier practice. How do you actually think about nothing? But meditation is popular all over the world for a reason, and first thing in the morning is an especially good time for it. If you’d like to be more alert and energized when you wake up, try a quick meditation and see how much better you feel.  You might be pleasantly surprised by the results!