Do you feel that you have not got enough rest as soon as you get up?
Are you exhausted at the beginning of the day?
Do you feel grumpy, moody or find yourself snapping as soon as you have just got up?
Each morning comes with a new beginning and it should be the happiest part of your day. Here are some very simple morning routine changes that will help you see the sunshine and take on the day like never before.
Stop the Snooze
Snoozing of the alarm is one invention that we could do without. After you hit snooze and drift off, your brain starts its sleep cycle all over again. When the alarm goes off a second time, you’re likely at an even deeper, earlier part of your sleep cycle, which results in you feeling even worse than you did the first time.
Being someone who is a night person, my morning alarm used to look like this once my daughter started early morning school. And I would find myself yawning right till 9:30-10:00 am and quite irritable in the morning. Slowly reducing and eventually stopping the snooze has been very helpful, in getting up as well as staying fresh.
Have you ever noticed how babies stretch when they get up? It is almost a minute long wiggling, stretching, and yawning before they open their eyes. Having this instinct as a baby emphasizes on how natural it is, something that we completely stop doing once we are older. Stretching in the morning has the following benefits
- Stretching relieves and prevents back pain by reducing tensions in your spine and muscles
- It lengthens and relaxes your muscles and improves flexibility
- Stretching in the morning helps to increase the blood flow to your muscles. More blood in your muscles means more energy in the morning
- Stretching also increases blood flow to your brain and sharpens your concentration in the morning
After stretching, before you brush or eat anything, have at least2 glasses of warm water with a small interval between them. Water is one of the most important constituents of our body and is essential for the normal and smooth functioning of all the organs. So after 7/8 hours without water when we sleep, we should replenish our system.
Amongst the many benefits, drinking water in the morning helps boost metabolism, improve immunity, keeps the digestive system healthy and expels toxins from the body, clears the complexing and helps boost energy.
Along with warm water, I also have these morning drinks that are really simple to whip up and come with some amazing benefits
Say no to your phone
These days the first thing that most of us do, after switching off our alarm is check our phone – messages, facebook, social media etc. I too am guilty of this and need to make a conscious effort to avoid the same.
If checking your phone is the first thing you do when you wake up, you may want to rethink your morning routine.
“When we wake up in the morning and turn our phone over to see a list of notifications—it frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of all the things we’ve missed since yesterday”.Tristan Harris, Google’s Design Ethicist
You are immediately thrown into catch-up mode. So much has happened since you went to bed and your mind and your morning are hijacked.
Listen to some prayers/ chants/ meditative sounds
Prayers and chants have a very positive vibe and carry a lot of positivity with them. The vibrations that we set up by chanting or listening to some prayers or meditative sounds in the morning spread wellbeing to us and also to the world. This is very much required for carrying the day fully charged with positive energy for maximizing our productivity and leading a stress less life. It increases our intellectual capabilities give clarity of thought and cleanses our mind.
Enjoy your breakfast
Once the positive vibe has set in, a good filling breakfast just helps start the day with a bang. Skipping breakfast is a complete no-no. We all would have heard our elders say “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” and it is so important to follow this.
A good breakfast provides us the required energy to kick start the day. It helps increase concentration, elevates your mood and reduces stress levels. It also helps maintain a healthy weight and improve metabolism.
With all these tips you are helping yourself make every day a “good day”
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