I was never a morning person.
I felt like I bought nice, feather pillows for a reason. Waking up was a challenge. I wanted to start my day feeling well-rested and, somehow when my alarm went off every day, I never felt that way.
Something had to change. I discovered five tricks that transformed my morning struggle – jumpstarting my energy, positivity, and productivity for the day.
- Start sooner to cut down on stress. It’s simple – setting your alarm for just 10 minutes earlier every day allows you to wake up more naturally, gives you extra time to prepare for the day ahead, and eliminates that “barely made it on time!” heart attack. And who knows – it may even give you time to grab Starbucks on your way to the office!
- Don’t check your phone first. 60% of people check their phones immediately upon waking up in the morning. Seeing all the texts, emails, etc. that have come in overnight instantly puts you into a reactive mode (addressing the issues, requests, and needs of others) instead of a proactive mode (exercising good time management and prioritizing what needs to be done). The choice you make – proactive vs. reactive – usually carries throughout your day, so choose wisely! (PS. If you must use your phone for an AM alarm, try keeping it on airplane mode until after your morning routine.)
- Drink a cold glass of water. This wakes up your metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, provides power to the brain, helps to fill you up and minimizes morning snacking!
- Exercise for 7 minutes. Exercising will boost your metabolism, make you more alert, and release endorphins (“feel good” hormones”) that will improve your mood for the day. If you’re struggling to find incentive to exercise, try prepping your clothes and a playlist – the more you like your outfit and tunes, the more excited you’ll be to put them on. And, you’ll start your day with a sense of accomplishment already – check!
- Fuel up! Start your day with whole grains, blueberries, and nuts – proven to be brain-boosting foods. For something of substance, oatmeal is rich in fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium and eggs provide protein to help you power through your morning.
There you have it, friends! Try these tricks, and I’ll see you on the treadmill at 6:30 am.