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A morning routine with a typical wake time, a healthy breakfast, and some exercise is a great place to start, says Erin Engle , PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center . Having a more intentional approach to the day early on can help instill self-confidence and lead to a more productive rest of the day, says Engle.

Ready to reap those benefits? Here are 10 steps you can take to building the perfect morning routine:

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"It is ideal to break the fast from the night before and eat within the first hour of waking to stimulate your metabolism," says Kaidanian.

According to her, stretching out the fasting-like state can slow down your metabolism, which could ruin your day ahead.By comparison, A higher metabol...

While you may be tempted to lay in bed and scroll through your phone for some time before you get up, Engle suggests getting out of bed instead. 

"Getting out of bed is the first step. Then, select one activity that you can bring full attention to, whether that be prayer, affirmation, a phy...

"Snoozes are a false start to the day. In the short-term, hitting snooze may feel like a win but it has limited utility in advancing the goal of achieving rest long-term," says Engle. If your body needs more rest, then you may need to adjust your schedule accordingly. Adults typically need betwee...

Consistency is at the heart of any routine, says Engle. She recommends setting a fixed bedtime and wake-up time and sticking to them as often as you can. Not only will this set you up for a better day ahead, it can also provide more restful sleep at night. 

That's because waking up and fall...

Engle recommends giving yourself enough time in the morning to accomplish everything you need to do. She suggests planning backward from your first engagement, like your first meeting, or the starting time of your children's school, and waking up early enough to fit everything in; you may need an...

Scrolling through the news or your social media feeds is a passive activity that could detract from the productivity of your morning.

"Engaging with this type of content before one is fully awake or out of bed may make it tempting to mindlessly read content, which may feel purposeful, but ...

Exercising in the morning can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle and could also aid weight loss

"The best options when it comes to breaking your fast are those that are based on whole foods, i.e., foods that are in their natural state and not processed, with protein and fiber to satisfy and give your body fuel for the day ahead," says Kaidanian. Oats, fruit with yogurt, or veggie egg muffin...

Saying positive affirmations out loud or writing them down can help build confidence, counter negativity, and potentially benefit your relationships in the long run. 

You can choose your own affirmations or try some of these:

  • I am smart, strong, capable, and kind
  • I am wor...

Eleana Kaidanian , RD, CPT, a nutritionist with her own practice, recommends starting your day with water, rather than tea or coffee. She suggests keeping water by your bedside and drinking eight ounces when you wake up. Water

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