Every spring, I like to take a look at my life and release anything that’s not serving me. Whether it’s a toxic relationship, a certain food, a specific habit, even the way my apartment is organized—it’s all up for review. This year, taking charge of my health and well-being inspired me to make changes in other areas of my life, my mornings in particular. Mornings used to be rushed, frazzled, and stressful at best as I mentally played out my day while simultaneously wanding my hair, packing a gym bag, spending too much time picking an outfit, and trying to remember everything I was surely forgetting. Was I going to a workout? Could I afford to hit snooze for another 10 minutes? Did I need to bring food today? Did I need yoga clothes for after work? Or is tonight that dinner thing? I’m a forgetful person by nature, so living this way was a recipe for anxiety by 9 a.m., every time.
In the spirit of simplicity and well-being, I’ve changed up several touch points of my routine and I can say without exaggeration that mornings are completely transformed. I look forward to them. Starting with my new supplement regimen, Ritual, and ending with a clearer mind helps me start the day with a Zen lens, which in turn leads to increased productivity, better ideas, and overall improved mental health. I’m careful, though, not to lose anything that brings joy—that’s the key! Here’s a list of the things that make mornings happier and more productive: