Working from home has taught me some useful tricks on how to start my mornings off on the right foot. In preparation for a productive day, I like to take a little time for myself.
Some mornings I may need to wake up earlier to fit in my morning routine, especially if I have a meeting or shoot on my calendar. Regardless of if it’s a busy or calmer day ahead of me, I’ve learned that my inner creature of habit appreciates sticking to these 3 morning habits to kickstart the day.
1. Set your intentions straight for the day & journal about it
As I’ve gotten older and the mornings have gotten busier, one of my usual morning habits is to take a little time for myself. In that ‘me time’, I like to think about my intentions for the day. Sometimes I’ll read a daily devotional (find my favorites linked on the shop page, scroll to the bottom).
Other mornings I might take a few minutes to journal down thoughts or goals. Putting my thoughts to paper, helps to clear my mind of anything that might be on it at the moment. Regardless of what I do, this morning habit has really helped me to focus and tackle the day ahead with confidence.
2. Give yourself an at home confidence boost with an express teeth whitening thanks to Arc Blue Light Teeth Whitening Strips
Along with my time for me in the morning, I like to do something that benefits me without the hassle. Enter the brand new Arc White Strips & Blue Light device that takes the trouble out of whitening teeth, but delivers professional results.
Admittedly I love a cup of coffee and a glass of red wine. But this habit hasn’t done my teeth any favors. I’ve honestly struggled with slightly yellow teeth since I was younger. However I also have a little tooth sensitivity, so I was never the best candidate for whitening treatments in the dentist’s office. But since I’ve added the ARC white strips and blue light device to my routine, I’ve seen great results without the irritation.
Before I sit down to read or journal, I’ll put on the ARC white strips. They apply easy and stay in place without any trouble. I Leave the strips on for 25 minutes, and in the last five minutes, use the handheld blue light to achieve professional-like whitening results.
ARC utilizes the same enamel-safe whitening ingredient found in dental offices, so I feel safe using it and know that it’s working – all from the comfort of my own home!
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3. Give yourself a break from technology (at least for a few minutes!)
I’ll admit, usually the first thing I do is look at my phone when I wake up in the morning. However, I’ve been trying hard to break myself of this habit. I try to avoid technology for at least 30-45 minutes when kickstarting my day.
Of course there are going to be times that it’s absolutely necessary to check my email or open Instagram for a campaign, but I try my hardest to limit it. In today’s technology ridden world, I find my anxiety and happiness levels hinge off my phone. How sad is that statement? When I read that stressful email or check in on my mobile to do list, first thing in the morning, my anxiety definitely spikes.
I’ve found that breaking myself of the habit of immediately looking at my phone, has helped my outlook on each day – as I begin my morning as stress free as possible, and let the pressing emails or to-dos come later.
I hope these 3 morning habits to kickstart a day might help you, too! Let me know if you do any of these things in the comments below.
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