Improve your morning routine whether you are a morning person or not with these 10 easy morning rituals. The tips below will make the early morning’s easier and, ideally, get you moving and more productive throughout the day.
1. Drink water.
Starting your day with a glass of water is such a refreshing wake up call for all of your muscles and organs. It has been well known that drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach flushes the body’s internal system and cleanses the colon. This allows the body to be able to absorb much more nutrients from food. Bring on the nutritional breakfast!
Stretching in the morning is known to improve your posture, reduce aches and pains and increase blood flow. After sleep, which you stay inactive for hours, taking the time to slowly move your muscles will be a satisfying start to the day. Try stretching in bed! Wiggle those toes, stretch those arms… ywan like you have never yawned before and smile. Today is going to be a good day 🙂
3. Prep the night before.
Spending a few minutes the night before to get prepared for the next day can save you a significant amount of time in the morning and reduce a ton of unnecessary stress. Before going to bed, pick out what you are going to wear to work or school, prepare your lunch and if it’s recycling day tomorrow, for the love of strawberry fruitcake have it ready for the next day. You will thank yourself over and over again.
4. Set an intention first thing in the morning.
5. Let there be light.
Whether it’s natural or artificial, light sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to be awake and to stop producing melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. Turning on the light or opening up the curtains when you get up will help you get into gear for the day.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine! 🙂
6. Work out.
Working out in general makes you a happier, healthier and stronger person. It increases longevity. Doctors, gurus, and mental health experts all advocate regular exercise. To get more out of your morning, get moving.
7. Do not press snooze!
Look, we get it. Your bed is warm and comfortable and cozy, and five extra minutes would be so nice. Still, the snooze button is not your friend. When your alarm goes off, it interrupts the REM cycle, and the repeated intrusions every 10 minutes only ensure that your body’s natural rhythm is off.
Set your alarm for when you need to get out of bed and resist the urge for a few extra minutes. It’s tough, but it’s better in the long run.
8. Wake up to music.
A loud buzzing noise isn’t going to help you get up on the right side of the bed. Instead, set an alarm that wakes you up to music or a pleasant noise. This will rouse you from sleep in a more gentle, relaxed way. It will make the idea of an impending alarm less dreadful.
9. Take your daily vitamins.
Daily vitamins are a must for anyone, and you’ll feel better about your day if you take them on a consistent basis. Vitamins are essential because they help build a stronger immune system, increase awareness, ensures your body gets essential nutrients and build stronger bones.
Vitamins can give your body the boost it needs to get started and help your mind stay focused throughout the day. Be sure to read the directions on specific vitamins so that you are taking them properly and/or talk to your health care provider.
Meditation is starting to become a lot more popular and accepted in our western world. Meditation is about maintaining focus on one thing (such as your breathing or guiding your attention to certain sound: ocean, rain, wind etc.) and blocking out any other distractions.
Meditating has been proven to have numerous benefits, including:
- Reduce stress
- More creativity
- Better focus
- Increased memory
Some people meditate for hours on end while others just take a few minutes out of their mornings. Try meditating for a few minutes, so it fits into your morning routine. And if you like it, you can increase the length of time that you do it.
Share with us your every day morning rituals, let us know what works best for you! 🙂