Your morning matters! How you spend your mornings will set the tone for the rest of your day. If you leverage your willpower early on, you'll get more done and you'll feel better all day long.
- Find yourself rushing out the door in the morning?
- Find yourself skipping breakfast?
- Want to be a morning person?
- Want to have a more productive morning?
Maybe it is time to learn how to
- First, learn to sleep like a baby
- Start your mornings with a smile
- Be sharper and more focused in the morning
- Be energized without a caffeine overdose
Don't Press Snooze!
The extra 10 to 30 minutes of sleep that you could be getting by pressing the snooze button are not worth it! When your alarm goes off for the first time your body prepares itself to wake up. When you decide to go back to sleep only to be awoken by your alarm again, your body becomes confused, which is what causes the spacey, groggy feeling. The more times you press snooze, the worse it will get.
Stretching first thing in the morning is a great way to energize your body and warm up your mind. By stretching you accelerate the release of mood-enhancing endorphins and increase the amount of energy you will have throughout the day.
"A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions." Oliver Holmes
Stretching also improves blood circulation. Good blood flow results in heightened concentration and sharpened senses.
Meditating in the morning will have lasting positive effects throughout your day. Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, boosts your energy by releasing endorphins, and improves your ability to concentrate. The list of benefits go on. If you aren't meditating, your morning is missing something.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Set an Intent for the Day
As you begin your day, create a positive mantra, or visualize something you hope to accomplish that day, this is called an "intent". Spending time each morning to focus on your intent is a great way to promote positive thinking and help keep you on track to achieve your goals.
Prepare a Healthy Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast in the mornings will provide you with the energy you need to get through the day. Breakfast is necessary for replenishing glucose levels upon waking up, helping increase cognitive function for the remainder of the day. A balanced breakfast also promotes weight control and long-term health.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed and keeping a clean living area has been proven to reduce anxiety. Also, by making your bed first thing in the morning you are starting your day accomplishing something.
A well-organized sleeping environment will help you sleep much better and will improve the quality of the sleep itself and get you up and ready for your new morning routine. Three-quarters of people report having a better night's rest on sheets with a fresh scent, so make sure your sheets have a scent to your liking.
Change your bedroom sheets or wash them with a good detergent. Dim or shut off the lights, and cool down the room's temperature. Make sure that your sleeping environment is the best one for you.
The suggested room temperature range is 60-72 degrees. If you struggle with poor circulation, slip on some warm socks - cold feet are bad for sleep!
Exercising in the mornings is a great way to set yourself up for a more productive day. Working out will leave you in a better mood, allowing you to tackle the day head on. After exercising you will also be more alert and able to focus on whatever you have ahead.
Studies have shown that you have the most willpower in the mornings. If you are able to implement all these activities into your daily routine, you will notice a visible difference in your energy levels and outlook on the rest of your day.
If our list feels like a lot to bite off, try starting out slowly and implement one part at a time.
We hope you found our advice beneficial and "Good Morning"!
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Do you find yourself running out the door in the morning? Do you eat breakfast or don't you have the time? Is it time for you to be more productive during the day?