Mornings can be chaotic, but the key is to develop a routine that works for you. Play to your strengths by implementing a structure that best gets you out the door. To amp up your daily routine, consult the stars to see how to get the most from your mornings:
Always determined, ease your mind for the day by immediately tackling at least one thing on your to-do list. Because you feel more at home when you hit the ground running, release any built-up energy with a cardio-intense workout. Take a run around the block or meet up for a cycling class.
If there’s one sign you can appreciate a delicious meal, it’s the Taurus. Treat yourself to a nice breakfast, and take time to really enjoy it! Your loyal nature dictates that once you’ve found something you enjoy, you’re likely to stick with it. On your way to work, stop by your go-to coffee place for your usual caffeine fix.
As someone you values communication, start your morning off by reaching out to those who bring you joy. Return text messages to loved ones, then appease your intellectual side by digging into a pleasure read or catching up on the news. Staying informed and increasing your knowledge will set the tone for the rest of your day.
Lean into your emotional side by getting out your thoughts first thing in the morning. Free write to clear your head and make space for new feelings that will come to you throughout the day. Wrap yourself up in a plush bathrobe as you get ready for your day to soak in all the comfort you can before heading out into the world, and spray yourself with your favorite scent to carry that comfort with you.
Energetic and proud, get your blood pumping as soon as you begin your day. Jog around the block or head to the gym to complete an early morning strengthening workout. Gaining a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning will keep you riding waves of happiness for the whole day.
Your to-do lists are prepared way ahead of time, but reviewing your schedule each morning and making necessary adjustments will ensure that your day is on track. You can never be too prepared. After double checking your schedule, organize your backpack or handbag to ensure that you have all of the materials you need to make your day go off without a hitch.
Because being protective of others is so firmly ingrained in your nature, it’s crucial to fit time to care for yourself into your schedule. Incorporate indulgence into your day first thing in the morning by doing a gentle sheet mask and soaking in a bath. Treat yourself to your favorite morning pick-me-up so you’ll have the energy to help others throughout your day.
As someone devoted to uncovering the unconscious, meditate early in the morning and see what connections you’re able to make. Your desire for truth and facts means you should satiate your curiosity first thing in the morning so you don’t spend energy worrying throughout the day. Read the news early, so that you aren’t caught off guard later in the day.
Ever the optimist, your routine should reflect your positive and upbeat nature. Plug in your head phones and blast upbeat tunes to start your day off on the right track. Start your morning with a mini dance party to get your blood pumping. While some may be too intimidated to break their routines, lean into your spontaneous nature by checking out a new coffee shop before beginning your work day.
Responsible and determined, wake up early and hit the gym. Pushing yourself first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Quiet your self-criticism by repeating positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror before making your commute. Remind yourself of how much you’ve already accomplished instead of fixating on how much you have left to do.
Tap into your creative energy as soon as you wake up. Start your day off by tackling a creative project you’re working on. Diving in when your creativity is at its peak will make the rest of the day go smoothly. Satisfy your intellectual side by catching up on articles that pique your interest or a book that draws you in.
Though your ruling planet Neptune is most commonly associated with the sea, Neptune is also connected to dreams. Start your morning off by writing down any dreams that you remember. Stay in reflective mode by further leaning into your spirituality and meditating before heading out into the world.
Kayla Heisler is an essayist and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University, and her work appears in New York's Best Emerging Poets 2017 anthology.