Have you ever snoozed your alarm, missed your breakfast and gone rushing out the door ready for the morning commute? I know many who can relate to this.
How you start your morning will determine how the rest of your day will turn out. It will affect the way you think, feel and perform. Starting your day off in chaos will most likely set you up to fail.
In today’s post, we will explore a few habits which you can add to your morning routine to guarantee you have a positive and productive start to your day.
1. Drink water
Your body is made up of 70% water. It is important to rehydrate your body in the morning right after you wake up. A glass of water will ensure your body and mind functions properly.
When we are sleeping, our body isn’t getting any water for 7 to 8 hours each night.
Drinking coffee in the morning on an empty stomach will increase your blood sugar levels. The caffeine found in coffee causes your body to release stress hormones, making you feel as though you are being chased by a tiger. It tricks your body into thinking it is in trouble.
Living in a dry climate, or going to the gym the night before or having alcoholic beverages the night before will cause dehydration before you are going to sleep.
Dehydration can also cause anxiety and headaches which is not a great way to start the day.
I like to add some lemon juice to my glass of water every morning. Lemon contains Vitamin C which helps improves your immune system, brain function, boosts your metabolism and removes toxins from your digestive tract.
Lemon water is great for those who are trying to lose excess body fat. If you’re not a big fan of the sourness of lemon juice, you can add a pinch of salt to the lemon water.
2. Mobility and Flexibility
Upon waking up, your body is usually stiff from laying down throughout the night. It is a good idea to do some mobility exercises for a few minutes each morning.
Mobility exercises warm up your muscles and also helps lubricate your joints. Exercising in the morning also increases your brain function and energy levels.
You don’t need to any lift heavy weights or run a sprint. A quick 10-minute workout each morning is all you need.
Just keep it really simple with the exercises. Going for a walk around the block, or doing some push-ups or yoga will help energize your body and wake you up.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Simple carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels and are known as sugar bombs. These types of carbs contain plenty of refined sugars but also lack fiber.
By making the right decisions, it will help start your day off right. Focus on nutritious ingredients which make up your morning breakfast.
There are many benefits of eating a healthy breakfast like:
- Increased metabolism
- Increased energy levels
- Stabilizes your blood sugar levels
- Contains nutritious ingredients such as fiber, protein and calcium
- Improved concentration and memory
Here is a list of the best foods to eat for breakfast:
- Almond Butter
- Chia Seeds
- Cottage Cheese
- Cranberry Juice
- Greek Yoghurt
- Orange Juice
- Protein Shake
- Wheat germ
- Whole-wheat bread
Our modern lifestyle is not as healthy as our ancestors, however, supplements can help fill in the missing gaps in your diet.
Our lives can get a bit hectic making it more difficult to consume enough vitamins, minerals and good bacteria each day.
4. Make Your Bed
I know a handful of people who do not make their bed after waking up. It might seem unnecessary and childish, but making your bed every morning sets you up for completing bigger tasks throughout the day.
This small of accomplishment in the morning will put your mindset in a positive and relaxed state.
With a tidy bed, you’re more likely to keep the rest of your room clean and clutter free. Wouldn’t it feel nice to start your day off stress-free and coming home to a nice tidy bed?
Getting into the habit of making your bed in the morning will help you develop other good habits.
5. Have a To Do List Ready
Planning to fail, is failing to plan.
Spend a few minutes every morning writing down 3 – 5 of the most important tasks you will have to complete to win the day.
Writing down your to-dos will help keep your mind clear and uncluttered so that you can remain focused on your priorities. Crossing off each task as you complete them will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Meditation causes the brain to release endorphins which makes us feel good, emotionally and physically.
Adding meditation to your morning routine can help combat depression, anxiety and improve your pain tolerance. It also sets a calm tone for the start and rest of your day.
Just practicing meditation for 5 minutes a day will improve your focus and maximize your productivity.
It is much easier to complete your to-do list with more clarity compared to being overwhelmed.
Not sure where to start? You can do this simple meditation every morning:
- Start in a comfortable position.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Close your eyes.
- Inhale through your nose for four seconds. Hold for another four seconds. Exhale through your nose for eight seconds.
- When you notice your mind starting to wonder, focus on your breathing again.
- When time is up, open your eyes and raise your arms up to stretch them.
7. Practice Gratitude
Before hopping out of bed and rushing out the door, spend a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude in the morning.
Smiling signals your brain to release neurotransmitters to lift your mood and relax your body. This is a perfect way of starting your day on a positive note.
Studies show practicing gratitude helps reduce stress hormone and improves your mood. Spend a minute to reflect on the small things in life you are grateful for.
8. Avoid Checking Your Emails
Checking your smartphone first thing in the morning will set you up with a reactive mindset instead of a reactive one.
You will start your day in a defensive state instead of being in control of your day.
Try your best to avoid any technology for the first hour of your day. You want to begin your day with inner peace and positive focus.