You can start the day by hitting the snooze button, dragging yourself out of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready, and then running out for work. Or you can start the day with good morning habits.
If you fail to set the tone before setting foot in office, your morning can lose momentum quickly. Here’s how to get the day off to a productive start.
Morning workouts are easier to stick to. Working out on an empty stomach helps burn up to 20% more body fat. It boosts metabolism and burns more calories throughout the day.
If you work out after waking up, it will be easier to keep to a healthy diet for the rest of the day. You’ll continue your positive choices by eating foods that make you feel good.
Long day of work ahead? No problem. Exercising in the morning improves your productivity. You’ll feel energized the whole day.
Scientists have discovered that smiling strengthens the immune system, so by smiling first thing in the morning and remembering to do it throughout the day you’ll be warding off diseases, especially flu in this season.
After brushing your teeth, drink a tall glass of lukewarm water with half a lemon or a whole lemon squeezed in it. This is an easy health tip which will cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys. Lemons have Vitamin C, which protect from catching a cold.
Drinking lemon water alkalizes the body — when the body does not have sufficient alkalizing substances and is overly acidic, it takes these substances from the bones or vital tissues.
Stay in bed longer
This may seem odd but this is one of the most productive ways to start your day. Allowing yourself to adjust to having to get out of bed makes for a much easier morning. For many, the hardest part about waking up and getting out of bed is the “getting out of bed” part. So, treat yourself to about 10 minutes of snuggling up under the covers before you get out.
Let the sun in
Open the curtains and shades to get some light, and send a signal to your brain that it’s time to be awake and stop producing melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. Open the windows to breathe some fresh air.
Dump the smartphone
Over 30% of people look at their smartphone within the first five minutes after waking up. Break that routine. Looking at the screen of your phone right away increases the stress level.
People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves short-term memory, and helps concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
Set goals for the day
Research shows that having concrete goals is correlated with huge increase in confidence and feeling of control. Setting goals specific to the day puts everything into motion.
Narrow your goals down to a few achievable ones that can easily be broken down into steps instead of setting wide vague goals.
Plenty of people don’t take the time to get mornings right, and that’s wasting a great opportunity. The right routine will prepare you mentally and physically for whatever the day may bring.