When I was a little younger, I shared a room with my older sister who, if my parents allowed, could easily have spent the whole day asleep. I cannot even tell you how many times my sister would complain to my parents that I was up too early- usually by 4 or 5 a.m. daily.
As soon as getting up, I would move around our bedroom, doing all sorts of things to entertain myself. As you can expect, as part of my very detailed narratives, I would produce a lot of accompanying sound effects that consisted of galloping horses, cowboy gunfights and so on, much to the chagrin of my very pissed off roommate.
Being an extreme lark is something that I maintained over the years well into my adulthood. To this day, I find that waking up early works out better for my productivity and focus. Things, alternatively, have always been the complete opposite for my sister. When we finally got older and were each allowed to move to our own rooms, her morning struggles only worsened as I wasn’t around to keep her awake with my morning antics any longer.
For most of her life, she would need the assistance of at least 2 alarm clocks to get her out of bed. One was situated right next to her bed on her nightstand while the other was calculatedly placed across the room, which she said made it harder to snooze. When she moved out for college, her roommates became her wake up callers. When she had children, her early rising sons took up that responsibility.
If you are like my sister, and constantly have a hard time stopping yourself from pressing the snooze button during those early hours, here is some good news for you- it is entirely possible to kick start your morning routine, even when you are not a morning person.
As it turns out, the way that you choose to start your day can make or break your morning. If you start it off frantically, you are more likely to end up feeling run down and worn out before the afternoon even rolls in.
Start your day, strategically, on the other hand, and you are more likely to have a productive day as it progresses. If you are interested in boosting your morning routine with a little more energy, here are some tips that can help:
Go to bed early
You’ve heard it said before; early to bed, early to rise. This may seem like a no-brainer but going to bed at a decent hour is the best thing that you can do if you want to boost your morning routine. You need to get at least 7 t0 9 hours of sleep if you have any chance of being productive the next day.
Before you go to bed, consider laying out your outfit for the next day, as well as prioritize your goals and tasks. Doing these simple things will go a long way in helping to save you much needed time, as well as energy come morning.
Take a second to slow down
Most people tend to jump as soon as their alarm clock goes off. Instead of doing that, consider taking a few minutes each day to center yourself. Spend this time doing anything that relaxes and grounds you, whether that is meditating, deep breathing or doing a few simple stretches. Not only will this help you shake off the grogginess but it will also send a signal to your brain that it is time to get things going.
Drink some water
If you are still feeling muzzy after the alarm clock goes off, take a big glass of water to get that feel-good energy flowing. If you are not a big lover of plain old water, there are so many ways to jazz things up.
Try adding berries, cucumbers or lemon to your water and if you are trying to shed some pounds, a dash of apple cider vinegar is just what you need to boost your metabolism, aid digestion and keep you amped up all day long.
Sing in the shower
When is the last time you blasted your favorite rock song from the shower speaker or turned your showerhead into a microphone? Your singing may sound like that of dying whale (yikes!) but that doesn’t matter because singing in the shower, no matter how off-key you may sound, does a lot more for your wellbeing than you can imagine.
Singing along to your favorite chart-topping hit is the ultimate mood and energy booster. Research shows that singing triggers the production of endorphins, which is are feel-good hormones that are produced in the brain.
Recite some positive affirmations
Before you head out the door to start your busy day, recite some positive affirmations to set your frame of mind on the right track. Affirmations may sound like just another wellness buzzword. However, positive affirmations can and will help you break any destructive thought patterns that threaten to ruin your day.
Mental wellness has never been more important in these times we live in. filling your morning with positive messages about your life and your worth is easily one of the best ways to set your tone for the day.
Switching up your morning routine may sound straightforward in theory, but in practice, it requires total dedication and commitment. Introducing changes especially in the morning can be hard. We are all a little groggy and sluggish during this time and it doesn’t help that many of us are set in our ways.
Investing more time into your morning routine can singlehandedly determine how your day will go. Imagine waking up feeling more refreshed and less stressed about when you should be out of the door. By incorporating these energy-boosting habits into your daily routine, you will feel more positive as your day progresses and you will be able to sustain a high level of energy until the day ends, which is honestly just the best feeling in the world.