The way we start our morning is very important for setting the tone to the rest of the day. If our morning is slow and we're bad-tempered, chances are that the day that follows won't be all that great. On the other hand, if we get up and immediately kick the day into action with some self-care goodness for our bodies and our minds, we can expect the day to be awesome. These celebrities have cracked the code on how to start their days in the right way, and luckily for us, they have shared their secrets. So here are some top tips on morning routines that will make you feel as great as a superstar.
1. Rise Early: Jennifer Aniston
The Friends beauty Jenifer Anniston provides us with a great bit of morning advice - get up early. Jennifer herself actually gets up at 4:30 AM which might be a bit too early for most of us, but getting up early doesn't have to be that extreme. What it actually means is, we create some time for ourselves in the morning rather than just immediately having to do the things we need to do. We can drink our coffee, wash our face and check in with ourselves before getting rushed off our feet. On top of that, the earlier we get up the more of the beautiful sunlight we have to enjoy before it gets dark again, which is great for improving our mood. Great tip, Jen!
2. Meditate: Oprah Winfrey
The iconic Oprah Winfrey offers up some equally iconic advice as she shares that she starts her morning every day with some meditation. Meditating is scientifically proven to have amazing effects on the body such as reducing stress, increasing creativity and productivity, and helping us gain a handle over our emotions. Oprah says she likes to spend 20 minutes meditating each morning, but again even if we manage 5 or 10 minutes, it is a real act of self-care to start our day. Giving ourselves time to check-in and clear our mind is an amazing addition to any morning routine.
3. Family Time: Richard Branson
Richard Branson says that he dedicates time every single morning to spend with his family. Considering how busy this guy is, it shows how important this quality time is to him. He claims it's worth it, as it puts him in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day. Spending time with our loved ones in the morning reminds us of our community and connection, and reminds us of what's really important in life and why it's actually worth putting all of the hard work and time in.
4. Gratitude Practice: Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough shared her morning ritual of gratitude. She starts the day by making a list of five things she is grateful for, whether it's things that have already happened or things that she wants to happen, before even getting out of bed in the morning. Gratitude is an amazing practice to help build positivity in our lives, and makes us realize how lucky we are for all the things we have. This positive thinking also helps attract more goodness to enter into our lives because we're aware of it.
5. Dream Big: Steve Jobs
Our last great morning tip is from the out-of-this-world Steve Jobs, who says that when he woke up in the morning he looked in the mirror and asked himself; "If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm doing today?" If he answered "no" for too many days in a row, he needed to make a change. This is a powerful morning ritual that reminds us that our time on this earth is limited, and we need to make sure we are using our time in the best way we can. Achieve your dreams and be your true self, there is no time like the present and no time to waste.