Sure, we have heard it so much; starting your day well leads to a much better day. Before anything affects you, you can set your own day up in the exact way you choose.
Forbes even detail that “early risers are more proactive“. Here are a few extra things you could get in by waking up 20, 30 or even 60 minutes earlier every day.
- Drink a full glass of water. When you sleep, your body becomes dehydrated, after 7-8 hours without any water this is understandable. Upon waking up, you’ll want to drink, at minimum, a pint of cool water. This helps to hydrate your cells, rid the body of toxins and refresh your mind. Make this the first thing you do every day, before your morning tea or coffee!
- Blending up a powerful smoothie. Starting your day with a smoothie full of nutrients and vitamins (plus protein and superfoods) is extremely beneficial for your energy levels, skin, hair and immunity. Personally, I love this Super Morning Smoothie.
- Plan out your day. If you know me, you’ll know how much I love writing out the things I plan to do every day – I’m addicted to schedules. Wake up, grab your coffee and write down your to-do list and goals for the day. You’ll feel level headed, motivated and set up for a productive day.
- A bit of movement. Please try before you say no! Whether it’s HIIT, one hour of strength training, or simply five minutes of gentle stretching, your body and mind will love you for this morning exercise. Morning exercise can boost your metabolism and help you make healthier choices. It can also relieve stiff muscles after sleeping.
- Journaling. If you want to take planning out your day a step further, then a detailed journal may work perfectly for you. I swore by the SELF journal during my final year of exams at college to keep myself sane. This particular journal gives you a motivational quote, daily time planner, gratitude section and an end of the day reflection on every page. Alternatively, you can grab any notebook and write out your time schedule, a motivational quote and some goals for the day down. Then reflect on them in the evening.
My Challenge To You:
Take all, or one or two, of these tips for this week. Commit to doing them every morning for the next five days and see how you feel. If you’d like to, leave a comment below for the tips you’ll be taking on this week.
Have a lovely Sunday,