A healthy, peaceful, energizing morning is a luxury that eludes many of us. We allow our jobs, our families, and our worries get in the way of starting our day on the right foot. Wouldn’t you rather beat the stress and enjoy a healthy and happy day? With a couple of simple changes, you can take your morning (and your day) back.
1. Set your alarm clock earlier.
It’s all too common for people to set their alarm so that they’ll wake up right when they absolutely have to get out of bed. This causes them to hurry through their morning routine, leading to stress and unhealthy habits.
Don’t rush yourself in the morning – set your alarm clock to a time that allows you to comfortably perform your morning rituals. This will improve your mental well-being and ensure that you don’t skip steps.
2. Don’t hit the snooze button.
Those extra few minutes in bed may feel nice, but they are significantly less restful than the sleep cycle before your alarm went off. This is why you feel so tired after using your snooze button.
Instead of hitting the snooze button, practice sitting up and stretching as soon as you turn off your alarm. Lifting your head off of the pillow will discourage you from drifting off again, and stretching gets your blood flowing to help wake you up.
3. Drink a tall glass of water.
Everyone sweats at night; the average adult loses about 200 milliliters of water a night to sweat and normal exhalation. Fluid loss is increased by night sweats, sexual activity, or sleeping in a hot room. This means that we all wake up with a mild dehydration, and most of us do little to fight it.
Start your morning with a tall glass of water, at least 12 fluid ounces (~350 milliliters). This will counter the effects of overnight dehydration, resulting in improved metabolism, which is important for weight loss and muscle development. It will also increase blood cell production, which can aid in fighting or curing many common illnesses.
4. Let the light in.
Don’t start your day in the gloom with the windows covered. Lift those blinds and let plenty of sun in. Daylight signals your body to stop releasing melatonin, which is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Plus, exposure to bright light increases brain activity, causing you to feel more alert and active.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast.
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, that’s rather true from a medical standpoint. Eating shortly after you wake up jump-starts your metabolism, which is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight. The meal will also ensure that you have enough energy for your day, especially if the meal is nutritionally balanced.
These are just general tips that everyone can follow. Many people seek out their own morning rituals, such as exercise, yoga, or a morning shower. I encourage you to try these and anything else that interests you and could help you start your day off right.