5 Morning Routine Tips
A good morning routine can help kick start your day in the best way possible. If you don’t have a morning routine already beyond get up, get dressed and go to work, then here are a few ideas to help you develop a morning routine to inspire a positive start to the day.
Some people can roll out of bed ten minutes before they have to leave, grab a piece of toast and be on their way. Others have cultivated a sophisticated morning routine that includes exercise, a hearty home-cooked breakfast, an extensive beauty routine and even time to spare. The rest of the population can be found somewhere in-between.
Here are a few things that can you do to start your day in the healthiest, most energy-boosting way possible.
1. Set realistic goals
A lot of people who want to start their morning routine suddenly set themselves an unrealistic goal which ultimately leads them to quit before they’ve ever really tried.
To help you get started with a routine you will stick to, make sure you don’t push yourself too hard on your first few days. There are a few things you can do to ease yourself in:
- Plan ahead and set your alarm appropriately. Write down what you want to achieve in your morning and give each task an allocated time frame. This way, you can count back and discover a time that will encompass everything plus give you a little wiggle room in-case things don’t quite go to plan. This may require trial and error until you find the perfect wake-up time. Of course, if you have young children, this may be a moot point!
- For your first day in a new routine, take it easy on yourself. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Don’t set your alarm at 5.00am if your nightly routine sees your head hitting the pillow at 11.30pm. You want to make sure that you are getting enough REM sleep to get you through the following day so it’s fair to say that your morning routine actually starts the night before. If you are changing your morning routine to wake up earlier, then change your night routine to go to bed earlier.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself if you just can’t get out of bed one day. A lot of people give themselves a rest day – one day a week where they don’t have to set an alarm and can sleep in or eat that cheat meal.
- Don’t try to do too much too soon. Ease yourself into the exercise or the meal plan.
2. Drink plenty of water
One of the best things you can do to kick start your metabolism in the morning is to drink a glass of water. Water does incredible things to the human body – it helps with hydration, strengthens the immune system, fights off toxins, aids in weight loss and improves skin complexion.
If you want to add a little extra to your morning water, try adding lemon and cucumber. Lemon water is a good source of Vitamin C which can improve your skin quality and adding cucumber to the water adds more antioxidants and potassium to your diet. For a fresh kick, try adding some mint in there too.
The benefits of adding exercise to your morning routine are substantial. Not only does it help you get into a healthy routine, but it promotes better sleep quality, improves your mood, gives you more energy, helps lower your stress levels and lowers your blood pressure. Whether you choose to do Yoga for 20 minutes or go for a half hour walk, either way you are starting your day off on the right foot.
Don’t push yourself too hard when you first get started otherwise getting up in the morning to effectively “torture” yourself for half an hour may put you off your new morning routine altogether. Take it slow. Let your muscles get used to the change. Eventually, you will find that a morning without exercise feels wrong.
This isn’t for everyone but a good habit to get into is quietening your mind and relaxing. We have so many things to think about these days – and so many things that we stress about. Taking 10 minutes in the morning to calm your mind, centre yourself and just focus on your breathing can be an incredible technique for starting your day off in a positive frame of mind. Research has shown that an early morning meditation can help combat depression, anxiety and stress.
This doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in Buddha pose with your index fingers pressed against your thumbs chanting “ommmm” (unless you choose to do so!). Meditation can simply be taking 10 minutes to sit on your couch or outside in the fresh air while you focus on your breathing and think positive thoughts – or try not to think at all. Don’t get caught up on the “right way” to meditate – there isn’t one right way. What matters is that you are taking the time to focus on yourself.
5. Breakfast Time
You’ll notice that when you start to exercise and de-stress in the morning, you’ll probably be more inclined to want to eat a healthier breakfast to accompany your new routine. Some of the best foods to include in your breakfast are eggs, oatmeal, berries, avocado, fruit, nuts, chia seeds, green tea and Greek yoghurt. With this list, there are a number of meals that can be created, including, but not limited to the following -
- Eggs – a mushroom and spinach omelette; scrambled egg with mushroom, onions and tomatoes.
- Greek yoghurt with berries, chia seeds and fruit
- Fresh home-made oatmeal with fruit, yoghurt, berries, nuts and chia seeds
- Avocado on sourdough bread with pan fried mushrooms and spinach
- For the time-poor, a low-sugar Protein Shake can be a good alternative.
A great morning routine is easy to create and a great way to ensure you have more energy and a positive start to your day.
For helpful hints on the best foods to snack on during the day to minimise stress and anxiety, be sure to check out our blog post here: https://www.myprivatechef.com/blog/2019/8/12/nutrition-and-stress-rxaw9