I get it, mornings can be rough. However, I’ve noticed that my more productive days have always started with a productive morning routine.
Not all of us are lucky enough to call ourselves early birds, However, studies have shown that successful people tend to rise early and are more productive in the mornings. So, whether you’re a night owl or a morning or early bird having good morning rituals can help the day start off on the right foot. Stick with your morning routine and increased productivity will follow.
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Here are three rituals I try to include in my routine every morning.
This one seems far too easy but it’s usually the first thing I do when I get up in the morning.
Every morning one of the first things I do (after I put on my glasses) is grab my water bottle and drain it. It’s a habit I’ve developed over the years to wake me up in the mornings but science also says that drinking water first thing in the morning can have multiple benefits.
Our brains are largely composed of water and are therefore sensitive to any loss of hydration. Waking up after a full night’s sleep with no water intake it’s logical to assume our bodies are experiencing mild dehydration. Research has shown that neurons in the brain detect dehydration and relay that information to the part of the brain regulating mood.
Studies looking at the effects of mild dehydration saw headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentration in test subjects. Mild dehydration also caused people to perceive tasks as more difficult than when their bodies were fully hydrated. There was also difficulty with mental tasks, specifically areas involving vigilance and working memory. Subjects also experienced fatigue, tension and anxiety. Mild dehydration can degrade how we feel and may limit the motivation required to do even moderate aerobic exercise. Dehydration can also impact your energy levels and mood.
When we sleep our bodies become naturally dehydrated. In addition, many of us start the morning with a caffeinated beverage such as tea or coffee which can increase dehydration. Having a big glass of water (or two) first thing in the morning rehydrates your body. It will also increase your level of alertness and jumpstart your metabolism.
Thirst can often be mistaken by the body for hunger so drinking enough water in the morning can prevent you from overeating.
So many amazing benefits from something as simple as a glass of water!
Do one thing to centre yourself
Find one thing that really allows you to focus on yourself for a moment and collect yourself before the day starts. This could be:
5 minutes (or one minute) of focused breathing
Sit in a comfortable position in the quiet room and allow yourself to focus on your breaths. Try to keep your head and avoid thinking about the day ahead. I personally like to visualize a stream and if any thoughts start to creep into my calm I visualize putting them on a boat and letting them float down the stream.
Put aside some time in the morning to write in your journal. It doesn’t have to be a long entry, even jotting your thoughts down in point form can help organize your mind for the day ahead.
Prayer or Inspirational Reading
Read something that is motivational for you and reflect on what you’ve read.
Do one thing to give yourself energy in the morning.
Not able to fit in a long workout in the mornings? Something as simple as a few jumping jacks or some simple stretches can still help you get going in the morning.
My personal necessity in the morning is a shower. If I don’t have my morning shower I find that I’m sluggish all morning and don’t feel like I’ve quite got started. A bonus is getting that shower in before the kids are up because nothing jolts you awake than having to take a shower while entertaining two young kids in the bathroom with you.
So there you have it, my suggestions to give your mornings a jump start. What do you find you need in your morning routine?
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