MORE THAN half of UK adults believe they’ll have a better day if they have a strict morning routine, according to research.
After getting up at 7am, having breakfast is one of the top-rated things that helps Brits have a positive day (34 per cent) – with cereal (34 per cent), toast (19 per cent), and porridge (13 per cent) the most popular choices.
Sorting out the home is another way adults regularly set themselves up for a good day, by hanging out the washing (15 per cent), tending to housework (12 per cent), and doing the dishes (11 per cent).
However, when it comes to the school holidays, parents have happily done away with their strict routines, finds the study, which was commissioned by Nutella.
Almost half of those surveyed (49 per cent) admit to mixing up their mornings during the summer months, and 63 per cent have been making the most of the slower pace of life and not having to rush around.
They’re also more likely to try new breakfast recipes (51 per cent) or enjoy the extra quality time spent with family in the morning (55 per cent).
Our research shows that 51 per cent of parents have used the summer holidays to try new breakfast recipes
James Stewart, from Nutella, Ferrero UK & Ireland, said: “Whether you’re an early riser or have a favourite morning routine, the research clearly shows that we all have different ways we like to start our day!
“Our research shows that 51 per cent of parents have used the summer holidays to try new breakfast recipes and we wanted to celebrate this by launching our first-ever nationwide tour with our ‘Happy Portion’ van.”
When it comes to enjoying breakfast with the stars, Britons would most like to make small talk over toast with The Queen, Sir David Attenborough and The Duchess of Cambridge.
The research also found that getting up on the ‘right’ side of the bed really does impact your day; with six in 10 believing that getting out a certain side of the bed can make a difference.
While 30 per cent of adults swear by getting out on the left, 35 per cent opt for the right-hand side to give them a positive start to the day.
These are the top 30 rituals for starting the day positively…
1. Make a coffee
2. Make a tea
3. Have a shower
4. Check the news
5. Check your phone
6. Make the bed
7. Listen to the radio
8. Watch TV
9. Say hello to a loved one
10. Enjoying my favourite breakfast product
11. Eat breakfast straight away
12. Having a lie in
13. Go for a walk outside
14. Play with your pets
15. Get a load of washing out on the line
16. Have breakfast as a family
17. Walk the dog
18. Have a cuddle with your partner
19. Wash hair
20. Talking to friends / family
21. Set goals for the day
22. Keeping the blinds open
23. Write a to-do list
24. Do housework
25. Have a pint of water
26. Doing the dishes
27. Read a book
28. Do some stretches
29. Cuddles with the kids
30. Avoid reading the news
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