Starting the day with that “something extra” is exactly what you need to seize every opportunity that day may bring. It’s about more than just waking up on the right side of the bed. Having a morning routine to boost your confidence from the moment you open your eyes will set your confidence bar high for the rest of the day.
And with all that confidence, every business meeting, job interview, client phone call and general interaction will be a breeze. So, how much does your morning routine have to change exactly?
Say no to the snooze button
It all starts when the radar, chimes or slow-rise tune and vibrations start emanating from your phone and beckoning that your eyes open. Most of us know exactly where the snooze button is on our alarms without even needing to open our eyes, but it’s time to say no to the snooze button. You need every minute from when you wake up to organise yourself for the day and not feel rushed or unprepared – there’s no confidence associated with those feelings.
Allowing yourself those extra few minutes of sleep will only make you more tired than if you had just gotten out of bed and started the day the first time. Also, when you wake up and start the rest of your routine right after your alarm goes off, you’re telling your mind and body that yes, you are ready for this day (the first sign of self-confidence in the morning). Time to get up, make the bed and prepare yourself for a great day ahead.
Get your blood pumping
Before you jump through the shower and freshen up, do your still-trying-to-wake-up body a favour and do a quick 15 to 30-minute exercise session. When you exercise, your blood starts pumping through your body, which means there will be a better oxygen flow, and by the end of it, you’ll feel amazing.
You’ll also be working on your physical appearance every day which will make you more confident in yourself and your physical capabilities. There’s nothing like a good “pump” from a workout to make you feel confident.
Dress to impress yourself
Okay, so you’ve woken up on time, done a quick exercise session, freshened up in the shower and now it’s time to get dressed. Even if your office has an “as long as everything is covered” dress code, you need to dress in a way that impresses yourself.
Self-image is a great confidence booster because if you feel that you look good, you can feel amazing. You’ll be ready for anything as long as you can take pride in the way you look and are dressed. Obviously, you still need to be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Understand that there is a difference between being over-dressed and dressing confidently.
Talk yourself up
By this point of the morning routine, you’re both feeling and looking good and it’s time to tell yourself that… aloud and in the mirror. It’s not about vanity, but rather talking yourself up to confirm who you are, what you can do, what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it.
It’s a “who’s got this” question with an “I’ve got this” answer or it’s a simple mantra or motto repeated to yourself every morning to be the cherry on top of your confidence-boosting routine.
Keep breakfast healthy
When you start heading to the kitchen, thoughts of Coco-Pops and Corn Flakes need to disappear from your mind and be replaced by muesli, yoghurt, Future Life, Nutrifix and other healthy breakfast-cereal alternatives. If you’re into fruit, make a fruit salad or smoothie, if not, eggs also make a great breakfast with their good nutrition and high protein content.
Whatever you have for breakfast, complement the meal (and the entire morning routine for that matter) with some water. Water is good for you, your body needs it and (along with a healthy breakfast) will make you feel even better and, ultimately, more confident.
Self-confidence is easier to achieve than you thought, isn’t it? Readying yourself through self-care and motivation is all you need. And, remember, this is just your morning routine, you still have an entire day of opportunities to make use of that confidence and build it up even more.