Are you a morning person? (Be honest – don’t you just wish you could SNOOZE another hour or two?) If mornings are easy for you, great! But for the rest of us, it just may take a little work to get spunky and energized as we make it through the morning “traffic”.
For years, I relied on my cup of Joe (and I still do enjoy it) but I’m more invigorated these days through other means. Check out my 5 strategies waking up on the RIGHT side of the bed.
1. Drink Water: Splash it on your face, take a warm (or cold) shower and be sure to drink plenty upon rising! Starting off with 2 glasses in the morning is a habit worth keeping — it sets you up toward drinking plenty throughout the day. While no specific study addresses “the benefit of drinking water first thing in the morning”, it makes sense to hydrate after fasting (sleeping). What we do know: Water helps flush out toxins, it helps promote healthy bowels and is important for hydrating your cells (that includes your brain cells). My tip: Squeeze a bit of lemon – the brightness and tang can add a little sunshine to your morning.
2. Pamper Yourself: Do you need to be dressed to impress, or do you have the flexibility of working from home? Either way, you need to give yourself a little self care. When you feel “clean” and made up (to what ever degree), you’re likely to feel better about yourself. For some this means well-executed make-up, eye-lash extensions and all. For others it can mean de-puffing those sleepy eyes, smoothing “uneven skin-tone” with a quick base and putting on lip-gloss. So whether you’re the girl next door” or prefer more “glamour,” set in some time to feel pretty. Click here to see how a morning ritual of putting on make-up helps this stay-at-home mom feel more productive and healthy.
3. Fuel up: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Current evidence suggests, we should be aim to consume 15-25% of our daily intake at breakfast (that’s about 300-500 calories for women).That doesn’t mean you need an elaborate meal. You can certainly “back into your breakfast” if you don’t have much time. Say you workout first thing: You could start out with a boiled egg or a quick mix of protein-powder and water. Then fuel yourself immediately after your workout with some more protein in a balanced mini meal (or snack) that includes fruit/veggies and/or whole grains.
4. Exercise: Not all of us have the desire to HIIT the gym or run 4 miles. But you can get going in other ways. Here are some “non-exercise” ways to get your heart pumping without the pressure of “working out”. Yoga is a great option, too. And it can be physically intense (and mentally challenging) or more of a spiritual breathing ritual (or a combo of both). Exercising your mind is also important. And finding ways to elevate your spirit is just as important as lifting those weights.
5. Prep for Success: This is my favorite. Why? Because I’m not naturally a “morning person” but if I’ve got things in order and ready to go, I’m well on my way to a more productive day. I often plan my breakfasts with options like hard boiled eggs and overnight oats. For my kids, I encourage them to help me build their lunches on school nights and even choose their “good morning eats.” That way, we can simply grab-n-go and not have to worry about running late. For benefits and tips on meal planning, check out Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy via Harvard.edu
YOGA TIP: Even if you don’t practice an hour routine (in class or on your own), here are some yoga poses you can simply do to start off your day — via mindbodygreen.
Q: What do you do ‘first thing’? Any tips you’d like to add?