A good morning routine can really improve how you manage your day and set your productivity bar to its maximum potential. But sometimes, it’s not always like that, which is why this post will cover 5 morning routine tips to improve your day.
When people wake up in the morning, most of us in fact, immediately grab our phone and just scroll mindlessly checking in our status updates, notifications, news alerts, and even emails. Yet, how many of us who gets up and do their “real morning routine”, instead of checking their phone?
Fun fact, this routine can apply to both the early-bird and night-owl people. It’s true that those who wake up earlier are often more productive, but night owls can also achieve the same momentum that takes place a bit later.
So whether you wake up feeling refreshed or wake up in a zombie mode, these 5 tips will improve your day and build the perfect morning routine that suits your body clock.
Build Your Morning Routine
To build your morning routine and stick to it, you need to do it every single day, instead of every once in a while. It takes time but the end results will worth your effort.
And honestly, the most important thing isn’t the time you get out of bed —it’s getting in tune with your body’s clock to kick start your morning routine. According to sleep.org, your body actually knows what you should be doing and when. Don’t force yourself to be an early bird when you know you’re a night owl at heart.
Getting enough sleep and waking up when your body is ready will lead more often to a productive day than forcing yourself out of bed hours before your brain is ready—or you’ll get burnout and it won’t last long until your body says “no more! I’m so done with this!”.
And you’re back to square one. No one wants that, right?
If you’re trying to figure out your sleep routine, sleepfoundation.org has your back to help you to find how much sleep time you need and tips for better sleep.
5 Tips to Improve Your Day
Now then, let’s get started with the 5 tips to improve your day and getting the most out of your morning.
#1 Manage your energy
If you take a moment to think about it, you’ll realize that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain times. For example, I like having a slow-paced morning routine and gradually increase the intensity.
My creative energy bar is at its highest at 10 AM, so that’s when I do my writing each day. Whether writing a blog post or a journal, I start writing at that time of the day.
By comparison, I block out my afternoons for learnings. I don’t need my creative energy for learning and my family usually rests at noon so I can focus all of my attention on learning. I’m currently learning Japanese so most of my afternoons are geared towards it.
Another way to manage your energy in the morning is to start your morning routine the night before.
Spending a few minutes the night before to prepare for the next day can save you a significant amount of time in the morning. Before going to bed, pick out what you want to wear to work and make a quick to-do list with the essential things you want to get done the next day.
#2 Stay hydrated
You’ll feel dehydrated after waking up, so it’s important to drink water as soon as you wake up.
I suggest you try drinking lemon water to spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts longer throughout the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach.
Lemons are packed with nutrients; potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. If you’re under 68 kg (150 pounds), drink the juice of half a lemon, and a full lemon if you’re over 68 kg (150 pounds). Don’t forget to drink the juice mixed in water. I usually mix it in warm water.
You drink it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, to ensure full absorption. You should also wait 15-30 minutes after drinking it before eating. It’s a perfect time to squeeze in some light exercise.
#3 Do light stretches
My slow-paced morning routine starts with light stretches. Just get your body to move will do wonders.
Upon waking up from your sedentary for hours, taking the time to slowly move your muscles will be a satisfying start to the day. So many successful people begin their mornings with an exercise routine. It makes sense since exercise before breakfast is a great way to get energized for the rest of the day.
If having a dedicated workout routine in the morning is too daunting for you, then doing light stretches should be enough to wake your muscles before doing anything else.
#4 Nourish your body
What you eat for breakfast helps determine your energy bar. If you begin with a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to feel full and ready to start the day because it gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
Remember: Your health is everything. It deserves more attention than those phone notifications.
Cereal may be a common breakfast, but it’s not the best choice for the early hours. Choose food that’s high in protein rather than dairy for your body. Your food is your body’s fuel, so choose your food wisely.
#5 Take a cold shower
This one may seem a little extreme, but taking a cold shower can increase your blood flow, burn away unhealthy fat, and release dopamine.
A blogpost from fastcompany.com stated that taking cold water can stimulate healthy brown fat. It’s found in the upper neck, shoulders, and chest, and can help burn away calorie-loaded fats called lipids, that piled up your gut and waistline.
These might seem like minor things, but taking them all together into a consistent routine makes you well-prepped to face your day.
Of course, you can customize your morning routine to your likings. You can add to your morning routine like spend some time alone, visualization for your next project, reading a self-development book, and maybe meditate if you want to achieve a zen life.
After all, they say if you win the morning, you win the day. So what kind of routine you like to do first thing in the morning?