9 Things To Do Before 9 AM

Open those windows and get some fresh air.

Taking in the morning air can really help activate your brain and put you in a good mood. Fresh air in the morning really helps clean your lungs. Plus, soaking in the sunlight is a great way of taking in some Vitamin D.

Drink (at least) 2 glasses of water.

As soon as you wake up, your body is really dehydrated and needs a lot of water. Drinking water first thing in the morning can really stimulate your brain, clean your digestive system and benefit your skin cells greatly.

Lemon water by The Harvest Kitchen. Just squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon to 1 whole small lemon in your glass of water.

3. Make your bed

This has probably become a cliché by now but it’s important. Making your bed earlier in the day gives you a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment because at the end of the day, it’s all in the little things that you’ve achieved! Also, you never know when you might need to make your room look clean so might as well do it when you’ve got time.

4. NEVER skip breakfast

First of all, for all those people who drink coffee in the morning and call it breakfast…this is a WRONG approach. Coffee may be energizing and tasty but for the first thing that goes into your stomach every day, it’s not worth it! If you skip breakfast then you’re most likely to have a poor diet. Breakfast helps increase your brainpower and helps you in controlling your weight because most people who don’t have breakfast are either under or overweight.

Ambitious Kitchen’s fluffy yogurt pancakes are a great breakfast idea!

5. Meditate

Take a step back to relax and be at peace. Check in with yourself. Connect with your mind, body and soul. Take deep breaths and believe that you can take on anything today throws at you. Practice your breathing and take a moment to observe your thoughts. Remember: always make time for yourself!

6. Journal/Plan your day

Write some positive thoughts or affirmations and a gratitude list so you know that life is good! You can also write a quick intention in your journal so you know what you want your day to be about. You may include a list of things you’re excited for so you still have something to look forward to even if your day goes downhill. Also, you might want to take a look at that TO DO list you wrote last night to have a glimpse of your busy day!

We love this notebook by Natasha Zubair.

7. Read something

Reading in the morning is a really good habit. For some, it may seem too tedious but it’s definitely worth it. If you can immerse yourself in a good book in the morning, you can get those gears in your brains moving fast and early. Just like your body and your soul, your mind needs some fuel as well. Reading can help with that.

8. Listen to something

You read that right. Your brain needs to wake up fully to function properly and the best way to do this is to listen, not talk, not walk, simply listen. You can listen to a ton of different things like a podcast, some uplifting music while you cook breakfast, a set of positive affirmations, a family member’s crazy dream, text a friend ‘good morning!’ and check in on them, see how they’re doing, how their morning went or just anything, really! You only really live life when you experience it with all five of your senses so remember to experience the world through your ears as well.

Writer Moni Mohsin and editor Faiza Khan’s Browned Off podcast is hilarious and very enjoyable!

9. Move!

You can always be a couch potato later in the day. Stretch your body, get your blood pumping. Go for a walk or do a little yoga. It is scientifically proven that sweating releases endorphins in your body that make you want to be more productive for the rest of your day. There’s a million ways to stay active and healthy at the same time, you just need to be willing to do it.

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