I haven’t always been a morning person, there were times when I hated getting out of bed in the morning (and I must admit, I still have my days). But as I’ve gotten older and things have changed, mornings have become my favourite time of the day. I feel productive, I feel energised and most of all I feel refreshed.
Now it would be wrong of me to say that things changed with the click of a finger, I’ve changed routines, pushed myself to get up when I really, really didn’t want to and identified some of the best morning habits and incorporate them into my mornings.
I personally think starting the day off right makes all the difference to the day ahead and that’s why I’m sharing my Healthy Morning Habits with you!
Waking Up Earlier
This isn’t something that’s new to us, I’m sure if you’ve ever looked into becoming a ‘morning person’, one of the first things to come up will be to wake up and get out of bed earlier. It really does make the world of difference. You now have time to ease into the day and do all the things that need doing, like incorporating these habits into your morning!
There is one thing I do want to say though – don’t get into the habit of setting your alarm even earlier just so you can lay in bed for a ten-minute snooze! I used to be soooo guilty of this but all it does is interrupt your sleep. It’s so much better to sleep all the way through until the time you want to wake up and then get straight out of bed. And don’t forget – you can’t expect to wake up earlier if your heading to bed at the same time. I like to use the website sleepyti.me, you just enter the time you want to wake up and it gives you a list of times that you should aim to go to sleep at. This way, you won’t end up waking up in the middle of a rem cycle.
Stay Off Social Media
I am hugely guilty of turning on my phone as soon as I wake up and scrolling through Instagram for a good 15 minutes. It’s actually been really hard to stop this (silly I know!) but I’ve finally got there and it’s no longer something I do – and I feel much more positive for it. By using social media first thing in the morning, you’re starting the day thinking about other people, when you should be using this time to focus on yourself. When your alarm goes off in the morning, turn it off, get straight out of bed and don’t look back!
Listen To A Podcast
This is my favourite thing to and I look forward to it every morning. Whilst I’m getting ready or eating my breakfast, I always listen to a short, ten-minute, inspirational podcast. This sets me up for the day and fills me with positivity – even on the hardest of mornings.
The app I use to find my morning podcasts is ‘Optimal Living Daily’ (available on the app store). It has short clips of podcasts, each roughly 10 minutes long, just small snippets to give you a positivity boost. There are so many to choose from, meaning there will always be something to listen to that’s relevant to you as well. I feel so inspired and ready to take on the day after listening to these and if there’s one thing you take away from this post, I hope it’s this.
This is something I can’t stress enough. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so it’s essential to keep them topped up with enough water, and what better way to get a headstart on the 2 liters of water we need to drink for the day?
When we wake up, we should be aiming to drink 450ml of water within the first thirty minutes (and before breakfast if possible). Not only will this wake us up and rehydrate our bodies, drinking water on an empty stomach will flush out all the harmful toxins, leaving our body refreshed and revived.
For those of you who’ve read my post on ‘How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep‘, you’ll be familiar with this one. Brain dumping is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s the art of dumping all the unnecessary stresses into a notebook and leaving them there. Just the same as night time, brain dumping in the morning helps clear the mind of worries and help you slip into a day that is hopefully less stressed than you originally thought it would be.
My last habit for you to think about adding to your morning routine is an obvious one. Eat your breakfast. Despite it being something so obviously important, very few of us actually do it. Sometimes it’s down to not having enough time, or sometimes it can just be that you can’t be bothered. But those aren’t excuses you should be making, this is the most important meal of the day, something that’s going to give you the energy to make it through all the things you have to do. And when you think about it, you have most likely not had anything to eat for at least nine hours – your body needs the energy. You don’t need to spend a long time cooking this meal, you could make a bowl of porridge, grab a slice of toast or have some granola. It needn’t take you any more than ten minutes – a small amount of time to pay for something so important.
What morning habits do you swear by? And what things do you think you need to change? Let me know in the comments below!
Feature image from www.goodnessisgorgeous.co.uk .