There are a few reasons why a morning routine is of benefit to us, our body mind and soul.
A good morning routine can help improve stress, lower anxiety, and increase productivity.
To get the maximum benefit it is important to try and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day to ensure quality sleep.
Studies recommend avoiding your phone and not hitting snooze right when you wake up.
So what are my 9 Top Tips that we can adopt and put into our new amazing morning routines to get us fired up for the day?
Knowing exactly how much time you have from the outset will allow you to fit in as many important tasks into your routine. Best practice would be to work back from the very first time critical task that you need to do. In my case that would be leaving the house to travel to work. Then I can select my waking time to allow me to fit in exactly what I need to do. Does the time that you will have available be enough for what you need to accomplish?
Sleep is probably one of the most important things we need to be able to function properly every day. For a new routine to work properly we need to get a decent amount of sleep every night. But for the best results we should plan to get the same amount of sleep every night. So having a set bedtime and waking time is a must.
3. Cancel The Snooze Button
Cancel culture is all the rage these days! Experts say that the best thing to do in the case of waking up is to follow the alarm clock and don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button.
4. No Screens
The very same can be said for going to bed as waking. The use of phones or laptops can disrupt the very mindset you are looking to achieve. You don’t need to know at this point if there are any important emails or what the weather forecast is going to be like for the rest of the day. There’s a routine to be commenced.
5. Don’t Delay – Get Up
The temptation will be to lie there in the comfort of the bed. But by doing this you are losing valuable time. Knock off the cobwebs and get out of the bed as quick as you can – there’s things to be done!
Studies have shown that some stretching as part of your morning routine can be very good for you. So try your best to do some when you get out of bed.
As with the stretching, doing some exercise is a good way to wake the body up and get the good hormones flowing. It doesn’t have to be extra hard – why not go for a short walk or run?
Once the exercise is done you’ll want to hit the shower. Something that you could look into is making the water colder than normal. Again another way to wake the body up and set yourself up for the day. A cold shower has many different benefits:
- wake you up
- calm itchy skin
- increase circulation
- ease muscles post workout
- lower cortisol levels
Take time to sit down and have a proper breakfast. Again you might put some planning into this element so you are eating enough fuel to start your day off in the right way. Having the right nutrition is something that in modern times we can neglect. Convenience and fast foods lack the nutrients and vitamins that we really need. Also try to drink plenty of water – it really does help with digestion. The daily recommended intake of water is approx 2 litres.