3 Steps to Kickstart Your Day
Great days start with great mornings. Take control of your day in less than 30 minutes
Mornings are the hardest part of my day. Convincing myself to crawl out of a warm and comfy bed hasn’t gotten any easier over the years. Despite this, I employ some strategies to help me get my day started right. These habits have made my mornings more enjoyable so I can be more productive throughout the day.
Step 1: Drink Up
You’ve just spent 6-8 hours (ideally) breathing and perspiring without taking a sip of liquid to replenish your lost fluids.
You are going to be super dehydrated but waiting for your first cup of coffee isn’t the way to go. Drinking one or two cups of room temperature water right when you wake up is ideal to replenish fluids.
Fill your water bottle and put it by your bed before you go to sleep. When you wake up, take a couple big chugs to feel refreshed.
If you want some added refreshment, try making your own flavoured water before bed. I usually add some lemon juice and sea salt for some added electrolytes and minerals
Step 2: Get Moving
Now that you’re hydrated you need to get your blood flowing. Getting your heart rate up will boost your alertness and help you get over your sleepiness.
I’m not saying to do a full workout first thing in the morning. You’re still waking up and you might not even be dressed yet. All you need is a few reps of some simple exercises to get your blood flowing. Low impact body-weight exercises do the trick.
Some of my favourites include push-ups, squats, and sit-throughs. Don’t over think it, just pick an exercise and go. I recommend 2 sets of 12-15 reps. Take your time with each rep, and rest 30-60 seconds between sets.
If that’s too much, you can dial it back. Do some light stretches or walk up and down your staircase a couple of times. It’s not important what you do, you just need to your body moving.
Step 3: Clear Your Mind
Now that you’re wide awake you can take some time to prepare your mind for the rest of your day. Find some quiet space, sit comfortably, close your eyes, and breathe for 5-10 minutes. Yes, you’re meditating.
There are many different ways to meditate. Some people practice deep breaths, some focus on an object, others repeat a mantra over and over. There’s no right way to meditate. The best way is what works for you.
My preferred method is to simply focus on my breathing. Counting each breath in and out until I get to 10, then start over. Thoughts come and go but whenever I find myself getting distracted, I bring myself back to my breath.
Meditating can help you focus and prepare you for the rest of your day. If you’re new to meditation, apps like Headspace, Calm, and Oak are excellent ways to get started and build a habit.
(You can read more about the benefits of meditation here)
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