If you’re like me, you’ve never really considered what happens during the first few hours after waking up. But when I think back, there were times when I was so tired at the end of the night that my brain simply refused to function properly the next day.
It took a lot of effort to get out of bed, make coffee, brush teeth, eat breakfast, etc., and I would be mentally exhausted from lack of sleep by the time I had accomplished all those things.
The same thing occurs with many individuals who have jobs where they start work early every day. They may have a problem falling asleep because their mind won’t shut off until they hit the pillow at 10 or 11 pm. After finally falling asleep, they often feel groggy the following day.
Maybe, you should consider changing your morning schedule.
A healthy morning routine helps you start your day energized and ready to tackle whatever comes your way. However, if you don’t stick to your daily schedule, you could find yourself falling back into bad habits.
There are, however, as many different morning routines as there are people, but here’s one of mine.
I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
1) Wake Up Early
It can be hard to get up early if you don’t like waking up early. You’ll probably find yourself having a better day if you do. The reason why waking up early works for me is that I am an early riser. When I go to sleep at 10 pm, I typically wake up between 6 and 7 am. This allows me to squeeze in some exercise before work.
The way to get up early is to get sufficient rest. Sleep is important for maintaining good health. It also helps us feel refreshed and energetic throughout the day.
Not having the option to nod off or stay unconscious is also linked with depression and anxiety. So if you’re having trouble sleeping, consider taking steps to improve this as well. You could try meditation at night before going to sleep.
2) Drink Water
Drinking water is essential for our body to function. We lose around 1 liter of water each hour while we sleep. So, drinking plenty of water before going to bed is crucial.
Sipping a glass before eating breakfast helps you stay full longer, which means you don’t get hungry again until late afternoon or evening. Also, you’ll be more averse to nibbling between meals.
3) Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the three major meals of the day. A large percentage of our energy intake should come from food. Breakfast gives us the fuel needed to keep going throughout the day.
It also provides nutrients that help with digestive issues. Eating breakfast helps control hunger levels, specifically essential for those who struggle to eat healthy foods when they’re hungry. And don’t just eat something quick. Make it nutritious and filling.
Follow a high-protein/low-carb diet. Also, consume food that contains lots of fiber. Some examples include cereal, oatmeal, whole-grain toast, beans, eggs, cheese, nuts, yogurt, fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea, etc.
Here are some foods that I eat every morning:
- Toast with butter and jam
Meditation is a great habit to develop. It gives us peace of mind and helps reduce stress levels.
There are two types of stress: Acute and Chronic. The former occurs within seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, whereas the latter happens over extended periods. Regardless, both of them negatively affect our physical and emotional health.
We can manage stress by starting simple breathing exercises such as deep breathing or meditation to relax.
Meditation isn’t always an enjoyable experience. It can be challenging at first. However, if you stick with it, it can become one of your most valuable tools for stress relief.
5) Get Outside
Taking walks around the neighborhood can give you a boost of energy. Exercise releases hormones such as serotonin and dopamine into the bloodstream, promoting happiness. However, exercising outdoors fetches even more benefits.
Spending time outside helps us improve our senses, creativity, productivity, and confidence. Studies suggest that exposure to sunlight boosts our moods and reduces stress levels. This is probably why I often feel happier after a good walk in the vicinity of nature.
6) Say No
If you wish to have a better day, you need to say no to anything that takes away from your ability to work effectively. Don’t let others pressure you into doing things that aren’t good for you. If they tell you to help them out, and you find it an arduous task to undertake, politely say no. Remember, saying yes too often isn’t a sign of generosity; it’s a sign of weakness.
7) Take Care of Yourself
Eat right, sleep well, exercise regularly, and take breaks every now and then. You’ll perform much better if you maintain optimal wellness.
8) Stay Positive
Start each day by thinking about what went well during the previous day. Remind yourself that you’re blessed with certain privileges some people might not enjoy. Count on the blessings rather than the challenges. This way, you’ll stay optimistic throughout the day.
9) Have Fun
The last tip I’m sharing is to have fun while following this guide. It doesn’t matter if you’re not following a strict routine; stick to one consistent habit for at least a month.
Your morning routine will depend on many factors, including your age, gender, lifestyle, and personality. So, don’t worry too much if one of these tips doesn’t seem relevant to you. The key is just finding something that works for you. Good luck!