The start of anything sets the tone for the rest. This applies in media, and it applies in our everyday lives. While unexpected things can happen, you will find that starting your day by caring for yourself and your health is an excellent way to feel better and more energized throughout the day.
A great morning routine can help you be more productive, it can help increase your sense of control, can lower stress, boost energy, and improve your mood. There are so many great benefits to a morning routine, and though everyone’s ideal morning routine will look different, these tips can help you improve yours.
Tips to improve your morning routine
You will need to take time to figure out the best routine for yourself, but get started by trying out, and adapting these tips.
- Drink a big glass of water when you first wake up
We are often dehydrated when we first wake up, even if we don’t realize it. Keep a glass by your bedside so that you can drink water when you first wake up can be just as effective at waking you up as a cup of coffee, with the added benefit that hydrating helps improve cognitive function in a healthy, natural way.
- Do stretches and light exercise
You don’t need to work out in the mornings, but you should stretch. If you have the time, a morning yoga routine can be a great way to get the blood flowing and for you to meditate and take some time for yourself before you get ready for the day.
- Follow up with a cold shower
Cold showers, though uncomfortable, are actually very important for your health. They calm itchy skin, wake you up, increase circulation, reduce muscle soreness, and improve the health and appearance of your hair and skin. They can be very invigorating and can be just what you need after your morning yoga routine.
- Improve your breakfast selection
Not feeling hungry in the morning is often caused by stress and avoiding eating in the morning can reduce your energy, make you more irritable, and make the entire day that much more difficult. Though eating in general is a great idea in the morning, there are some foods that are better than others. Oats, for example, are an excellent breakfast choice to start your day. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They work to reduce blood sugar, the risk of several cardiovascular diseases, and can even help with weight loss. Oats don’t have to be boring, either. There are so many delicious recipes using oats that will help you transform your mornings.
- Give yourself time to mindfully get ready
You don’t ever want to rush through your mornings. Try to plan your day so that you have enough time after all of that to get dressed and get ready for your workday. Being able to calmly get through these tasks can help you carry all the positive emotions and feelings you have cultivated so far throughout the day.