The perks of remote life are endless, but if not managed delicately, working remotely can leave people feeling isolated, or even more stressed out by their work. That’s why having a morning routine in place provides structure to manage the happenings of the day.
Here are 5 steps you can take during the first hour of your day to stay healthy and happy.
1. Drink a full glass of water
Hours without any water intake can impact your quality of sleep and start your day off on the wrong foot. However, you can simply combat this by drinking a glass of water right when you wake up. For someone who isn’t a morning person, do yourself a favor and set out a glass of water by your bed at night to drink first thing in the morning. Or, while you let the morning coffee brew, pour yourself a large glass of cool water and drink up. Studies have found that drinking cold water actually helps burn a few extra calories as you digest it since your body must work harder to maintain its core temperature.
2. Journal in peace
Find some time to connect with yourself. Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth, and the benefits are endless. Additionally, journaling, especially when you first wake up, reduces anxiety. The benefits even steam into your career as strong writing skills help you communicate and teach others more clearly. The more you write, the better your communication may become. Every morning, find a quiet space and write for 15 minutes. This doesn’t need to be a “dear diary” sort of journaling, simply allow your stream of consciousness to flow and channel whatever is coming out, through your writing. There is no wrong way to write what is flowing through your mind. Over time, you will begin to find solace in these precious moments to connect more to yourself and your thoughts.
3. Identify your top priorities
When working from home, it can be tempting to start work immediately. However, if you aren’t careful, you will find yourself sifting through email all day and night. Before you get settled into work mode, outline your work hours for the day and what tasks you need to accomplish. Look at your to-do list and identify the top priorities you must accomplish above all else. From here, tackle these items, and know that anything else after that is an even greater win. Remember to take care of your well being throughout the day as well! Give yourself break time to enjoy lunch, read, or go for a walk. You need this time for yourself and for your quality of work.
4. Practice Gratitude
Research has shown that gratitude improves your general well-being, increases your resilience and reduces your stress or depression. Instead of waking up to read potentially upsetting news or angry work emails, wake up with gratitude. After you journal, write down three things you are grateful for. There is always something to be thankful for, and sometimes it is simply a matter of looking a little harder. Not only will practicing gratitude put you in a better mindset, but you will begin to notice more opportunities to be grateful for what you value most.
5. Move around, keep yourself active
Working from home helps to eliminate your office commute time and free you to do something more enjoyable. Take advantage of that 90 minutes of average round trip commute time to get active. Pick something that you love doing and give yourself the gift of movement. You might actually see a difference in the way you look and feel about yourself!
Habits are hard to break. If you want to make positive changes and manage working from home, you’ll need to work for it.