4 Practical Ways To Energize Your Morning Routine
If you find yourself dreading waking up each morning to start your day, revamping your current morning routine might be just what you need to turn your mornings around. Instead of going through your tired old routine–or neglecting one all together–and rushing out the door, try these methods to refresh your morning and in turn, shift the energy of your day. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you usually would, and allow yourself time to get focused and ready to start the day on the right foot.
1. Focus the mind and body
We’ve all heard time and again how beneficial meditating can be to set you up for a calm and relaxed mind. Studies show that meditation can improve your productivity, help with anxiety, and, when done in the morning, can set you up for a successful day. Meditating isn’t about shutting off your thoughts, but learning how to observe them and let them pass by without bother or concern.
If you’ve never meditated before, try an app like Headspace, which offers free, basic meditations between 3 and 10 minutes with instructions and helpful suggestions. Before you even get out of bed, try sitting up and turning on a three or five minute meditation to help focus your mind and relax your body.
2. Save the coffee for later
The caffeine cravings can be real for many of us, but save the coffee for work or class. Instead of chugging down that first cup immediately when you wake up, try a cup of warm lemon water.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C which, in the cold winter months and the damp, cool spring months, is key in helping your body get all the nutrients it needs year-round. The tangy taste of lemon combined with the warm water help wake you up naturally by hydrating and warming up your body. Lemon water also helps manage your blood sugar, which is great if you tend to skip breakfast, or on the opposite spectrum, have a large hearty breakfast that might need some grounding.
Sipping lemon water throughout your day between meals can also help satisfy unnecessary snack urges. Give it a try and treat yourself to the coffee in the afternoon when you feel like you’re crashing. Drinking lemon water also can help limit your caffeine intake to one or two cups a day instead of an excessive amount (2+) that many of us are used to.
3. Do something productive
Your mom wasn’t just nagging when she always pestered you to make your bed in the morning. Starting your day with a small task is actually shown to boost productivity throughout the day as it starts your daily checklist off strong.
While many people dread making the bed, make it a game or activity that you can have fun with. Put on your favorite upbeat song, pull the covers back, and enjoy how much tidier your room looks and how accomplished you feel after completing a task. Making the bed first thing also helps diminish any feelings of wanting to immediately crawl back into it!
4. Treat yourself to a filling breakfast
Instead of eating on the run, like many of us do, sit down for five minutes–maybe after your meditation session–and really enjoy the flavors and textures of your breakfast. Focusing on the food you are eating is actually shown to help keep you fuller longer; you’re not stressed or just throwing down a granola bar on your way out the door, you’re chewing every bite, (sipping your lemon water!), and letting yourself properly digest before starting the day.
There are thousands of “quick and easy” breakfast ideas to jumpstart your morning. Have you tried any that you love? Here are a few of my favorite takes on super easy breakfasts to throw together either the morning of or the night before:
Overnight Chia Oats
- ¼ cup oats
- ¼ cup yogurt (cow’s milk or goat’s milk)
- ⅛ cup chia seeds
- Splash of milk of choice (cow’s, almond, coconut, soy)
Combine all ingredients the night before in a jar or Tupperware dish. Add in any seasonings or flavors, like a splash of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, or a little maple syrup. Get creative! Store in the fridge overnight. The morning of, add in any fruit, nuts, or other toppings.
Easy Healthy Pancakes
1 serving - makes 2 medium sized pancakes
- ¼ cup oats
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon
- Splash of milk of choice
Mix together all ingredients. Heat up a little butter or coconut oil in a frying pan and pour the batter (should be fairly thick) into the pan, forming two “pancakes.” Before flipping, top with berries if wanted. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Serve with more berries or nuts on top and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
Waking up and facing your to-do list can seem daunting. Instead of rushing through the morning or forcing yourself to go through your tired morning routine, revitalize your a.m. rituals and ease your way into the day. Feel refreshed, renewed, and exhilarated to take on anything the day might throw at you.
Do you have a morning routine? What's your morning must-haves? Share with us in the comments!