Not all of us are lucky enough to be natural ‘morning people’. For some of us, even getting out of bed every morning is a monumental effort, then there’s the daily charade of falling into the shower, dragging your clothes on and forcing a coffee down your gullet before heading out the door. For these ‘anti-morning people’, mornings can be hell.
But what if I told you there was a simple way to bust yourself out of this perpetual funk? I’m talk-ing, of course, about the perfect morning routine. Once you have a routine in place and make a commitment to stick to it, you’ll notice the mornings start to feel that much easier and that much more rewarding. You’ll also feel more productive and it will hopefully have a positive impact on your overall mental health too.
So, here are a few top tips towards building the perfect morning routine and starting every day as it means to go on.
So many of us skip breakfast, particularly during the working week. Given that we’re all well aware that it’s the “most important meal of the day,” why do so many of us choose to bail on it? Because of the time it takes, of course. A nutritious breakfast can be consumed in under 10 minutes though. So, whilst that extra 10 minutes in bed might sound tempting, try setting that alarm for 6:50 instead of 7 and you’ll soon find yourself with plenty of time for that most important of meals.
Keep a full glass of water by the side of your bed to drink as soon as you wake up. Once you’re hy-drated, you’ll feel so much better and will find a lot of the cobwebs that keep you from rising early on most cold winter mornings simply wash away. Also, if you’re not one to make sure you shower every morning then seriously start getting in on that action. Not only will your hygiene improve but there is no better way to gently bring yourself into the waking world than in a refreshing shower.
Stretch it out
We’re not advocating a full workout before 6 am here, but you’ll be amazed how effective adding a few simple stretches to your morning routine can be. Keep it light and easy (no weights or heavy cardio) and remember to breathe deeply. Morning yoga is great, of course, but not mandatory. In-deed, a few stretches up against your upholstered furniture should suffice.
Planning is everything
Of course, the most crucial thing you can do to make the most of your morning is to plan ahead. Lay out your clothes for the week on Sunday night, have your breakfasts for the week ready and prepared and, if it helps, keep a to-do list by the side of your bed to tick off the steps in your routine until it becomes second nature. Soon enough you’ll not only be a morning person but you might even find yourself sleeping a little more soundly too!