If you have always struggled with getting out of bed, or being a "morning person", I promise you are not alone.
One thing I've learned throughout my years of waking up and hitting that snooze button, is that the longer you procrastinate getting up, the harder it gets for you to have a truly productive morning. So here are 5 tips to help you improve your morning routine:
1. GET UP AND STRETCH
Nothing beats the feeling of a good stretch. After being sedentary for hours, taking the time to slowly move your muscles will be a satisfying start to the day. What I like to do is a quick 5 minute yoga and stretch routine and that usually does it for me.
After being dehydrated for a long period of time, starting your day with a glass of water is a refreshing wake-up call for your muscles and organs. Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% of water, so it’s not only important, but essential to keep it hydrated.
Most of us usually reach straight for caffeine, which is ok, however drinking water upon waking up will help promote a sustained flow of blood to your skin and release toxins from your system. Water first, coffee after! :)
3. PLAN THE NIGHT BEFORE
Spend a few minutes the night before to plan what you’re wearing to work or make a quick to-do list with the essential things to get done the next day. Eliminating decision making early in the day can really help your morning go a whole lot smoother.
Instead of waking up, feeling rushed or unsettled, because you have a million and one things to do, you'll already know exactly what you need to do. All you need to do now is spring into action!
4. WORK OUT
I love utilizing mornings to work out because this is that time of the day when you have less distractions and you're least likely to have something that "just comes up" or a work emergency or any other thing that could potentially pop up during the course of your entire day.
Usually, the longer you procrastinate your workouts, the more likely you'll feel "too tired" to actually get it done later in the day.
The best part of a morning working out is that it will actually give you an amazing boost of energy for your day!
5. PERSONAL TIME
Listen to some music, read a chapter of a self development book, listen to your favorite podcast or simply meditate.
Currently, I'm reading a book called the The Power of Habits - This is a book I definitely recommend to anyone who truly wants to take control over their life. It explains perfectly how our habits work backed by science, research, and real-life stories. I'm only about half way through and hope to finish soon.
Having a positive outlook in the morning, can make all the difference in your day, especially in the morning.
Dreyah, for Every Fit Girl