What you do, say, and think in the morning can set the tone for the type of day you’re going to have. Here are some tips that could make your morning routine run smooth, peaceful, and productive.
Go To Bed Earlier
Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier than you already do. The average sleep cycle is 90 minutes long and there are five sleep cycles which means adults need at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night. By getting more sleep you can reduce stress levels, lessen your chances of getting sick, and lower your risk for serious health problems.
Prep The Night Before
Try your hardest to at least lay out your work clothes (or pack lunches if you have kids) the night before. That extra ten minutes in the morning is priceless and can free up time to do something relaxing.
Take Five Mindful Minutes
Try not to just hop right out of bed. Practice sitting up slowly and taking a few deep breaths before you stand. Pay attention to how your body feels, relax your shoulders and think about one thing that makes you happy.
You have been fluid free for hours from sleep so most people feel a little dehydrated in the morning. Make sure your drink 8 to 10 ounces of plain water as soon as you wake up.
You will be surprised how one phrase can jump start positive thinking for the entire day. You could keep it simple and say “I will have an awesome day!” or “I feel amazing.” If you need help remembering, write it on a post-it note and attach it to your bathroom mirror.
Stretch It Out
When you stretch early in the morning it can help increase your energy levels and improve brain activity. Check out a few morning stretching tips by Physical therapist Kimmi Dao…
- Head Rolls- Slowly roll your head in a circular motion from shoulder to shoulder 5 times clockwise and 5 times counter clockwise.
- Cat Cow- Slowly alternate your spine from cat position to cow position. Hold each position for 5 seconds before alternating. Repeat this morning stretch 10 times slowly
- Quadriceps- Lay on your side and reach behind your back and pull your foot towards your back to get a stretch in the front of your hips and thigh. Hold this stretch for 1 minute and then turn over to the other side to stretch your other leg.