What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? We could put a safe bet that snoozing the alarm, checking your phone, rolling over or all three of those are on your list. The truth is, your morning routine has the capability to greatly impact your day and your first few actions can make all the difference.
Starting our day off in a productive manner sets us on the right track and you should feel more energized throughout the day, rather than crashing and burning just after midday. This article is going to go over a few simple strategies to help you kick-start your day.
Tip #1: Prepare the night before
You want to make the morning as easy as possible for you. Even the small decisions you make like choosing an outfit can start to zap your energy. Each night before you go to bed, lay out your outfit, breakfast, and anything else you might need to get up and go. You want your morning to be as stress-free as it can.
Tip #2: Hydrate
This might seem an obvious one but it would be surprising how many people don’t think about hydration first thing in the morning. Whether you realize it or not, you sweat a lot during the night and this loss of liquid will leave you feeling lethargic and lacking in focus. Keep a glass of water by your bed throughout the night and make sure to re-hydrate as soon as you get up.
Tip #3: Work out
This one will entirely depend on how much time you have in the morning but even 10 minutes of intense exercise will leave you feeling invigorated. The movement will help your circulation and improve the blood flow to your brain, as well as increasing endorphin levels. Even if all you do is stretch or do some lunges as you wait for the kettle to boil, you’ll definitely feel the benefit.
Tip #4: Meditate
Meditation is becoming all the rage these days and it’s for good reason. Studies are showing that meditation helps to improve mood as well as lower blood pressure, making it a worthy part of the morning routine. All it takes is about 10 minutes of focus and counting your breathing to help you feel centred to tackle the day.