While some of us are naturally inclined to be ‘morning people’ and others are not, everyone likes a little boost in the morning to get things off to a good start. The three tips detailed below have been rigorously tested (by me) and I really have found they make a huge difference. On days where one of them gets skipped over I definitely feel a bit out of sync the rest of the day.
I have always been a morning person– as soon as the sun starts to fill my room with light I am up and ready to go (this made the darker months this winter really tough, but my Lumie alarm clock was a lifesaver!). That being said, awake doesn’t necessarily mean I’m feeling ready to start my day. These morning rituals help me to feel more alert and ready to take on the challenges the day may bring. If you’re not a morning person, don’t feel bad. Some people have different cycles of naturally occurring melatonin that don’t stop making you sleepy until much later. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about this one, but giving these tips a try may at least make your body feel a bit more awake.
1. Have a Glass of Water.
I know it seems incredibly simple, but having a full glass of room temperature water as soon as I wake up is incredibly helpful. Not only does it help to rehydrate me after 7+ hours without any, I’ve found that it sets me up for success in drinking more water throughout my day. Starting the day hydrated helps me notice when I’m beginning to feel a bit less hydrated, and reach for a glass of water far more often. Plus, if you start your day with 1-2 glasses of water, your already in a great place to get your recommended amount for the day. If you’re not sure how much that is, take your weight in lbs, then divide by two– for example if you weigh 125 lbs, you should be getting about 62oz of water per day.
2. Practice a Short Yoga/Meditation.
You might be a bit wary of this one, but I’ve found it to be an amazing way to prime myself for a positive day. I’m not saying you need to spend an hour on this– I started waking up just fifteen minutes earlier to do a short practice of a few gentle sun salutations, stretches, and brief meditation and immediately noticed a difference (here is a nice one). Getting my blood flowing, even just a little bit has gotten rid of the fog that usually doesn’t lift until I’ve been awake for at least an hour. Doing a short seated meditation at the end, whether it’s just observing my breath, or setting an intention for the day ( “I am grateful for this day”) helps me to start the day in a positive place. I’ve also found that another benefit of this short practice is that it makes me far more likely to make my workout later in the day.
3. Don’t Forget Breakfast.
This may be the most obvious one here, but so often it gets skipped, or thought of last, only to be grabbed on the way out the door, or not balanced enough to keep your body going until lunch. One way I combat this is to make a point about planning what I will have for breakfast the night before, and thinking about how long it will take to make/eat. Once the morning comes its so much easier to just carry out this plan, rather than having to think about it while I’m trying to plan my day. Another way I make it easy for myself is by making something the night before (like overnight oats or a chia pudding) so there is no effort required in the morning.
Creating a morning routine that involves all three of these steps has been so helpful for me, and I hope it will be for you as well. When adding something to my morning routine I find that giving it a try for at least one week, and ideally two is the best way to know for sure how it affects me.
So, let me know in the comments if you give this a try and how it works for you, or a part of your morning routine that helps set you up for success.