Doing these 5 things each morning will change your day for the better
-Jan 22, Hannah Hargrave , Living -
The way you start your day makes a monumental difference to how the rest of it pans out. Mix up your morning routine by adding in the following and you may just find your days completely changed for the better.
If you feel you’re regularly getting out of bed on the wrong side, waking up groggy or things simply seem to go completely awry from the second the alarm clock goes off, you should try doing these five things every morning.
How you feel when you wake up in the AM plays a big role in how you feel throughout the day, so it’s important to get it right.
Have five minutes to yourself
Reaching straight for your phone to check emails isn’t likely to bring you much joy. Rather than immersing yourself in the stresses of the day from the second you open your eyes, take just five minutes to yourself.
You don’t have to even get out of bed if you don’t want to. Just lay back, shut your eyes and practicing a few minutes of gentle breathing. Or leave the comfort of your covers for a little stretching to start your day.
A few minutes of calm, even if it’s before the storm, can make everything more manageable.
Don’t press snooze
This is a DON’T rather than a DO, but since it can have such a big impact on how you feel for the next few hours we thought it was important to mention.
While the snooze button can be so tempting in the moment it will not do you any good once those extra 10 minutes are up.
This is because alarms in general interrupt your natural sleep cycle and leave you feeling groggy. This feeling is known as sleep inertia and can take hours to lift.
When you allow yourself to fall back to sleep for a few minutes you will likely fall into an even deeper sleep. Then your body is woken again, causing more confusion and grogginess.
Resetting your body clock can help you to wake up naturally, at the right time, so that your alarm clock can just be for back up.
Go to bed at the same time every night and try to wake at the same time in the morning each day too. Adopt a calming bedtime routine, which doesn’t involve blue light emitting devices and you may find you get more quality sleep, leaving you less likely to need a wake up call – or five!
If you make time for exercise then give yourself a pat on the back. It’s an essential part of keeping healthy inside and out and can benefit your body in so many ways. But we know making time for your workouts can also be tricky, especially when it looms over your head all day long.
So why not get your physical activity out of the way first thing? It may be tough to begin with but once you make it a habit to get out of bed earlier – even if it is just a half hour – you’ll feel a burden lifted.
You’ll know you’ve done your workout, whether it’s from home, an early morning run or a quick session at the gym. It’s not only out of the way, it’ll also have given your mood a boost with the release of all the happy endorphins you get from a workout. You can then carry that energy through the rest of the day.
Eat a nutritious breakfast
Whether you like your breakfast first thing, at work or you’re more of a brunch person, what you eat for your first meal of the day can alter your day hugely.
Skipping meals leaves you lacking in energy and makes you less productive and sluggish too. Eating the wrong foods – too much processed products or those containing a ton of sugar – can do the same.
If you have something healthy and delicious though, you’re more likely to continue making healthy choices throughout the day.
A solid breakfast of oatmeal or eggs, wholegrain toast and plenty of fruit will keep you full longer and up your energy levels.
Turn up the tunes
Find your feel good song of choice and whack it on your headphones or the radio for a mood boosting, stress reducing few minutes. Throw a bit of dancing into the mix and you won’t be able to resist smiling either. Those feel good endorphins will start flowing and you’ll instantly feel less stressed and more relaxed, which is a great way to start the day.
Don’t forget to also take your Lumity Morning and Night Supplements when you wake up too. The scientifically targeted formula ensures your body gets the right nutrients at the right time so you feel energised and alert in the daytime with the nighttime supplements aiding restoration and repair.