Waking up can be an excruciating ordeal. The grogginess is pulling you down like a web of chains tied around your body and the heavy mist of morning fatigue keeps you from thinking clearly. Establishing a disciplined morning routine can make a world of difference, and while adopting new habits won’t make an immediate change, consistency will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Here are 5 tips for making the most out of your morning routine.
1. Don’t stop moving
As soon as you wake up, you have to get out of bed. Rolling around the sheets for as short as 30 seconds can lull you back to sleep. Once you get up, don’t stop moving. Head to the kitchen and prepare a healthy breakfast, brew a tea, prepare a morning juice (more on that below).
This first tip only appears to be trite, but it is absolutely shocking how many people simply fall back on a cavalcade of different ‘life hacks’ to keep themselves awake in the morning, but never come to try this simplest and the most elegant one.
2. A large glass of water
Water represents the unshakable cornerstone of our lives and, without a doubt, your morning routine. However, one can easily fall into a trap of purchasing supposedly ‘athletic’ drinks that are rich in electrolytes. Unfortunately, such drinks are usually laden with harmful sugars that actually make us thirstier in the long run and give you empty calories.
There are alternatives if you want the best hydration drinks to nourish your body. The healthy morning drink will provide you with enough energy to boost your morning routine before the first cup of coffee.
The morning drink will get your blood pumping and increase your blood pressure much in the same way that coffee does. You can always count on this simple biochemistry to break through the morning grogginess, so even if you’ve got nothing else stimulating at home, chug down the glass of water as soon as you wake up.
3. Get out of the house
After your morning hydration, get out of the house for a stroll before breakfast. It would be prudent to give yourself a goal you can work towards. For example, go to the store around the corner and purchase some groceries.
You can also simply decide on how many blocks you need to cover every morning before circling back home. Some individuals become quite proficient at this morning practice and then they begin jogging every morning before work; that is if they have enough time on their hands before they need to get to the office.
4. Let the sunshine in
They say that it is beneficial to cover your windows with blinds as you hit the sack. This way, you’ll fall asleep much easier since you are surrounded by pitch-black darkness. However, this can have the opposite effect in the morning.
Waking up to the darkness of your bedroom is not exactly a stellar way to begin your morning. So what’s the solution? Lift the blinds in the evening and purchase an eye mask for sleeping. As soon as the alarm bells set off, take the mask off and bask in the morning light.
5. Have a scheduled sleeping pattern
Your biorhythm will become infinitely grateful if you acquire a scheduled sleeping pattern. Force yourself to wake up and get up at a very specific time of the morning, and never go later to bed than intended. Turn off all the screens at least two hours before bedtime. The blue light is impeding your body’s natural production of melatonin. Keep your sleep intervals between 6 and 7 and a half hours long, and you should be golden.
The assortment of tips above cannot make a dent in your morning fatigue unless you remain consistent with them every day. Otherwise, only a pairing of such life hacks can make a difference, let alone the whole set of 5. Remember – this can appear to be a losing battle, but if so many people have managed to work through it, so can you!
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