8 Morning Routines to Improve your Day
It’s 7am, your alarm rings and all you can think is “5 more minutes please…”. This pretty much sums up mornings for many of us. Let’s face it, mornings are tough! But as the French idiom states, “the world belongs to those who wake up early”. Here are 8 morning routines to help you have a good night’s sleep, start your mornings off fresh & own the world!
Lunches, we’re happy when we have them but pretty lazy to make them. A healthy morning routine means not having to rush to get ready. When cooking dinner aim for bigger portions that will serve as leftovers for the next day. Before or after eating, set aside a tupperware and pack leftovers for your lunch. You will save time & be thankful the next morning.
Turn off electronics
This one is key. When getting ready for bed, try shutting off all electronics (iPhone, laptop, iPad, etc) in your bedroom at least 30 minutes before going to sleep. The blue rays from your cellphone and computers negatively affect sleep, circadian timing, and next-morning alertness according to Harvard Medical School.
Go to bed early
Yes, it’s something we tell ourselves every day and yet somehow we end up looking at the clock when midnight strikes and wondering where the night went. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is important, not only for beauty sleep but to be in top shape the next day. Try to get in bed early by having a good bed side table read (reading before bed helps induce sleep). We highly recommend anything written by Gillian Flynn.
Create a phone free zone
Leave your phone in another room charging overnight. Not only will this help knowing you don’t have small doses of electromagnetic radiation right by your head overnight, it also will keep you from scrolling through Instagram/Twitter/Facebook first thing when you open your eyes in the morning or through the wee hours of the night. This means trading in your phone for the conventional alarm clock.
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Turn on all the lights
Turning on all the lights or raising the blinds will speed up your body’s wake up process. Your body’s internal clock is sensitive to light and darkness so exposing your body to light helps it feel more awake.
Meditation is proven to relieve and relax you. Try meditating 10 minutes every morning before getting out of bed (use the time you saved making lunches the night before!). Meditation takes practice and is not easy in the beginning. A trick you can use is paying attention to your breathing and concentrating on just that (check out these apps if you guidance: Headspace or Omvana). Control your thoughts by repeating to yourself what you are grateful for. The Secret reminds us that for every positive thought we have, the universe will match it and find its twin. So start your morning off right.
Don’t go back to bed
As we mentioned above, the ‘5 more minutes’ problem is so common and while we think it may do us some good it’s not. So don’t give in, snoozing will only make matters worse and make you feel less rested. Keep your alarm clock far away from your bed. This will force you to fully get up and prevent you from snoozing.
Drink lemon Water
Drinking something warm in the morning will give a boost to your digestive system. Prepare a hot kettle first thing when you wake up, drink your warm water with lemon and wait 30 mins after drinking it before eating. You body wakes up pretty dehydrated as you haven’t been drinking during your 8 hours of beauty sleep. Lemon contains vitamin C; having it first thing in the morning not only hydrates your body, but also absorbs vitamins more effectively and provides your immune system with a little boost. If you want to switch it up, another good recipe is: lemon water and cayenne. Cayenne has great anti-cold and flu properties as well as being a digestive aid.