• Caroline Harris

5 Ways to Elevate Your Daily Routine

1. Wake up at least an hour before you have anything to do.

When I am in a rush from the moment I wake up, I feel like I can never really get a hold on my day -- it is the worst feeling. As much as I sometimes want to stay wrapped up in the comfort of my sheets, starting each day with time that I decide what I want to do with is key. Most of my mornings include making my bed, brewing a cup of coffee, and checking my email. Slow starts fuel my day.

2. Start your day with quiet time or meditation.

Instead of waking up and going straight into your day, spend some time each morning reminding yourself of the important things, and let yourself get excited for the day ahead. Whether it’s an affirmation, a prayer, or positive thoughts, there is a lot of power in beginning each day with a fresh mind. This could simply look like letting yourself lay in bed for a few extra minutes to mentally prepare for your day.

3. Move your body!

Some days this might look like an intense HIIT workout but others it might be an easy yoga flow or leisurely walk with a friend. No matter the level of intensity or amount of calories burned, moving your body has benefits for your physical and mental health. I find that I am in a better mood when I am able to workout (shout out to those endorphins!) and it also serves as a stress reliever and sleeping agent. It’s easy to get stuck in the same routine of activity, but switch it up to avoid burnout! There are tons of Instagram accounts that have free workout videos, ranging from 20-60 mins. A few of my favorites are Rachael DeVaux, Georgia Thompson, and Ashley and Amanda Rosenberg. My sister, Lindsay, and I got inspired over quarantine to start our own account too! Check it out here.

4. Try something new in the kitchen.

With increased time at home (and a closer proximity to the pantry), the kitchen is a fun place to get creative. I have gotten so much joy cooking with my roommates, trying new recipes, and coming up with healthy snacks to munch on. Whether you are scared to let yourself turn on the stove or consider yourself a pro chef, the kitchen is a great place to exercise some creativity with online recipes, TikTok hacks, or your own concoction.

5. Put your phone away 30-60 min before you go to bed.

The past few weeks, I have had a hard time falling asleep. After doing some research, I learned that the blue light our laptops and phones emit could be the reason I toss and turn every night. I have exchanged scrolling through my phone for reading before bed, even if it is only 15-20 minutes before lights out. I am starting small, hoping to make it a habit to put my phone away an hour before I go to sleep each night.

These five, simple steps have the power to make your days more exciting, so that you go to bed satisfied and wake up fulfilled!

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