Mornings can make or break the rest of the day. The best case scenario each morning is that we wake up feeling refreshed and ready to crush the day. However, if you aren’t a morning person, the opposite is usually true. For night owls, mornings can be downright painful. But you don’t have to naturally be a morning person in order to get the most out of those early morning hours. It just takes a little willpower and simple plan that’s centered in self-care. Today, we’re sharing our best advice on how to make the most of your mornings. This simple routine will help get you in the right state of mind to set intentions for a successful day. Here are our tips for how to wake up right:
When you wake up in the morning, what’s the very first thing you should reach for with your hand? We’ll give you a hint: it’s not your phone. The first things you should grab after waking up each morning is a big glass of water. Take at least a few big sips of water to get things moving again after a long period of rest. Water will rehydrate your body (you lose a lot of water while you sleep, kickstart your metabolism, and flush away toxins. Of course, if you’re a caffeine fan, you don’t have to give it up. Just be sure you’re drinking water as well as coffee or tea.
After rehydrating your body, the next step is to sit upright and take a few deep breaths. This can be as simple as just inhaling and exhaling a few times to clear your head. Or, you can take it a little further and integrate a basic meditation practice into your morning routine. Whichever way you choose to go about it, taking some deep, rhythmic, cleansing breaths can ease your mind and help you to focus on whatever goals you have that day. This practice will give you a few moments to look inward and ask yourself how you’re feeling before going on with the rest of your day. A morning breathing or meditation practice could be a useful component to a larger self-care routine.
You’ve rehydrated and taken some deep breaths. Now, your body may feel stiff from sleeping in one position for so long. It’s a good idea to stretch out your muscles when you wake up. This will help get the circulation flowing throughout your body again. It can also relieve tension or tightness that built up during your slumber. Stretch it out in the morning so you don’t have to carry it with you the rest of your day.
Create a To Do List
A straightforward way to set yourself up for your success each morning is to create a to-do list. Visualizing your tasks can help motivate you to stay on track to complete your goals. It can also help you from feeling overwhelmed. Use some time each morning to write our what your day will look like, and you’ll feel more confident when it’s time to get going.