Brits have revealed the morning rituals they do to make sure their day has a good start – so how many do you do? | The Sun

HOW do you start your day off?

Millions of Brits swear their morning rituals get their day off to a good start, including meditation, exercise and writing down goals.

A poll of 2,000 adults found brushing their teeth, having a shower, cooking breakfast and making the bed are some of things they would be least likely to skip as part of their morning routine.

However, 32 per cent hate oversleeping, since if they don’t get around to all their morning rituals, respondents can end up feeling rushed, frustrated and annoyed.

Almost half reckon having a routine helps the rest of their day go well, while 38 per cent claim it helps them focus.

And 34 per cent, of those polled Holiday Inn Express, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, feel out of sync if they don’t get through their usual rituals.


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Mary Earps, England and Manchester United goalkeeper, who is working with the hotel chain, said: “Coming through the ranks in women’s football, routines have been crucial to how I prepare for training and matches.

“To set me up for the day I get up, get dressed and have a coffee before I head to the training ground.

“When I get there, I’ll have my breakfast which enables me to be energised for training and kick start my day brightly.

“We’re creatures of habit, and those little things we do each morning set ourselves up for success.”

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It also emerged 22 per cent of those polled admit to waking up no later than 6am so they can get all their morning rituals done before starting work, which take 53 minutes on average.

And 34 per cent believe they can accomplish more in the day if their morning routine is done right.

More than half also try and stick to their morning routine even if they’re away from home like staying in a hotel or friend’s house.

Of those who took part in the survey, via OnePoll, half said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, while 56 per cent believe it helps them start the day the right way.

However, 33 per cent are guilty of enjoying a lie-in and a cheeky fry-up on a weekend.

It also emerged 36 per cent believe their morning routine has changed over the last two years.

More than a third (36 per cent) have introduced more self-care into their morning routine and 35 per cent try to prioritise ‘me time’ in the mornings.

Mindful activities like indulging in a skin care routine, sitting down to meditate and saying positive affirmations in the mirror also made the list.

Stephanie Atiase, from Holiday Inn Express, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “How you start your morning can dictate how the rest of your day follows.

“Many now embrace a morning routine to maintain balance – setting themselves up for the day whether it’s sightseeing, visiting family or following their favourite sports team.

“However, when you are on holiday or away for work, maintaining routines can be a challenge.

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“That’s why we offer our guests the essentials to help them stay on track for a productive day.

“From comfy beds to ensure a good night’s sleep, to a fresh cooked breakfast in the morning, our guests have everything they need to help them start the day the right way.”


1.            Brushing their teeth

2.            Sitting down for a coffee/tea

3.            Having a shower

4.            Making the bed

5.            Drinking water

6.            Reading the news

7.            Choosing what to wear

8.            Taking vitamins

9.            Exercising

10.         Clearing away washing up

11.         Listening to the radio

12.         Skin care

13.         Cooking breakfast

14.         Hair care

15.         Opening the windows for fresh air

16.         Putting on makeup

17.         Wake up without snoozing the alarm

18.         Scrolling social media

19.         Meditating

20.         Stretching

21.         Getting the kids ready for school

22.         Taking the rubbish out

23.         Putting a clothes wash on

24.         Walking the dog

25.         Making their lunch for work

26.         Writing their to-do list for the day

27.         Saying positive affirmations to themselves in the mirror

28.         Arranging their work desk

29.         Writing down their goals

30.         Going for a run

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