I am so not a morning person. But I try to make the best of it, to not get myself and my family started off on the wrong foot.
Who knew that mornings could be the most productive time of day? Did you? But the truth is, more people can get more done if they start their day earlier or at least the right way, than being rushed and groggy by sleeping in as late as possible. I found that once I started giving myself time for just one cup of coffee before waking up Girlie in the morning our time together went a lot smoother. And clearly, she didn’t change. It can be really hard to get into an early morning habit, but once you do, you might find that starting your day the right way could have a big positive impact on your day. If you are interested in making some changes here are some things you could try.
You all know I LOVE my coffee. Coffee is really the “go to” drink for many first thing in a morning. The caffeine is a great way to kick start your day and as long as you limit yourself it isn’t a bad thing at all. If you love your coffee you may want to venture into new territory and try different brands such as Mundo Maya Enterprises to spice up your morning routine. However, it isn’t recommended that this is the first drink you have in a morning, so you may want to consider some water with or without lemon first.
One of the first things you can do in a morning when you wake up is stretch. It slowly enables your body to come around from its sleep state and you can start to get your muscles moving. The flow of energy and blood then going around your body is enough to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day. Often people who just get up in a slumber state take more time to become alert and ready to start their morning.
Meditation isn’t for everyone, but waking up in a morning and taking some time to focus on your breathing and thoughts can really help you prioritize your day and gain some focus on what you want to achieve. Guided meditations are ideal in a morning, especially if you have something you specifically want to achieve and need some extra guidance on confidence and success.
I’ve been really working on adding a smidge of gratitude journaling into my mornings. The journal/planner I use has a space for listing three things you’re grateful for. I’ve been filling that in before scrolling through social media in the morning and I think it’s making a difference in my outlook. In the past my early morning journal attempts have failed because they were too intensive. Listing three things I’m grateful for, even if they’re just coffee, warm slippers, and puppy snuggles is a great way to start the day.
Exercise first thing is a great way to kick start your day. Getting up a little earlier in the morning to fit in ten to twenty minutes of exercise is a good idea. It is done for the day and you feel energized and refreshed to start your morning. It might be hard to get motivated to do this at first, but the way you feel after should be incentive enough moving forward. Now, I’m more of an afternoon or evening heavy workout person but Spenser and I really like our morning walks. So if you’re like me you can think about using the morning for your active recovery movement more than your more strenuous exercise.
A decent breakfast
Finally, a decent breakfast is generally a winner in the morning. Dad always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Enjoying a hearty and filling breakfast not only fills you up, but it also gives your body plenty of time to digest it. Some people swear by intermittent fasting, and if that works for you, great. Personally, I’m a breakfast eater. I find that if I don’t eat breakfast I’m hungrier much more later on. Years ago I was struggling to lose those last five pounds and my doctor suggested I start eating a 200 -300 calorie breakfast, without dropping anything else from my diet. At our next appointment (about two or three months later) I had lost the weight. My body just likes fuel in the morning and works more efficiently when it has it.
I hope that these tips help you to start your day the right way. I wanted to publish this on Sunday so maybe you could try one for a smoother Monday. Do you have any tips on making mornings more successful? Any of these or anything else?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.