What’s the best morning routine to help kick-start your day? Healthy morning rituals are key to starting your day off strong and building momentum: Improve your concentration, energy level and mood with these 10 healthy hints to forming your own morning routine.
You tap snooze on your alarm clock for the fifth time, haul yourself out of bed and stumble into the shower half-asleep. Coffee-to-go cup in hand, you hop into the car or catch the train with just enough time to show up at work on time. And although the eight hours of sleep you got last night should have left you well-rested, you still feel groggy throughout the day.
It’s not the best morning routine out there, but it does the trick until you get to your destination – but your productivity and concentration may suffer. Practice your own healthy morning routine and you can fix that.
Best Morning Routines: Easy Approaches to a Strong Start to Your Day
The right morning routine can help you avoid scenarios similar to the one painted above. Starting your day off right doesn’t only have to do with getting up on the right side of the bed. The best morning routines leave you with a clear head when you walk out the door.
For starters, it’s essential to take the time in the morning to focus on what you want to accomplish during the day. Proper sleeping schedules, tidiness and a well-balanced breakfast all help to improve your overall well-being. Plus, it’s important to leave time for the things that make your morning routine your own.
Morning rituals allow you to start your day off with more confidence, plan your day effectively and increase your overall productivity. And this will improve your overall quality of life.
We have collected a couple worthy tips and tricks to add to your morning routine. Most importantly, your own best morning ritual should be motivating, doable and include activities you enjoy.
1. Get Enough Sleep
The best morning routines begin the night before: Getting to bed at a reasonable hour is essential to starting your day off on the right foot. The only way to guarantee you’ll be awake and alert the next morning is if you get enough sleep. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.
Healthy sleep habits begin with going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This helps your body develop a natural sleep rhythm. Once you get into a rhythm, you’ll be able to gauge exactly how many hours of sleep you need a night.
It also makes sense to maintain your regular sleep schedule on the weekends so your body isn’t overtasked with adjusting come Monday. Your body’s internal clock picks up on even small changes – and these can lead to fatigue and stress. Healthy sleep habits are thus an essential part of a healthy morning routine.
2. Snooze Buttons are a No-Go
Once you’ve hit snooze once, chances are you’ll do it again. Start your day off the best way you can and leave the snooze button out of your morning routine.
Constantly waking up and going back to sleep brings your circadian rhythm completely out of whack. In other words, your body doesn’t know whether it should be tired or awake. Fatigue, drowsiness and exhaustion are common midday symptoms of botched morning wake-up routines.
Instead of letting yourself drift back to sleep, do some stretches. This signals to your body that it’s time to get the day started.
Everybody has their own ways of getting themselves out of bed in the morning – just make sure your morning ritual doesn’t involve a 20 minute round of snooze tag. If you have trouble fighting the urge to hit snooze, try leaving your phone or alarm clock further away from your bed so you have to get up to shut the alarm off in the morning.
3. The Best Morning Routines are Offline
We’re awake, we open our eyes and the first thing we do is look for our phones. Although checking instagram may be better than hitting the snooze button and conking out again, your morning rituals should be solely about you. Messanger, Facebook and Instagram are merely distractions.
This is why it makes sense to leave your phone or computer off so you’re not tempted. Alternatively, you can set your phone to flight mode the night before and turn it on once you’re out the door.
In addition to these methods for a healthy morning routine, you can also configure your phone’s settings so you only receive emails and notifications at certain times of the day. Simply staying offline in the morning is a great way to use your time wisely and an essential part of a healthy morning ritual.
4. First Thing’s First: Brush Your Teeth
First things first: Before you eat or drink anything after waking up, brush your teeth! Central practices within the traditional Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda center around personal hygiene. According to these traditional approaches, the body rids itself of toxins through the mouth overnight. If the first thing you do is slurp down a cup of coffee, you’re just washing these toxins right back down.
5. Drink Some Water
Half an hour after you’ve brushed your teeth, drink a large glass of lukewarm water. After six to eight hours of sleep, the body becomes dehydrated and needs new fluids. One tall glass of water will replenish your fluids and wake you up in the morning.
Utopia’s tip: Ginger Water: Health Effects and Recipe
6. Sunlight Wakes You Up
Our bodies have quite the elaborate skillset: They can recognize whether it’s night or day – only if there weren’t curtains, blinds, lamps and screens blocking or providing us light. When darkness sets in, the body releases the sleep hormone melatonin, which makes us tired. That’s why it’s always a good idea to make it part of your morning routine to open the curtains or blinds directly after getting out of bed. This sends the right signal to our brains: It’s time to get the day started!
7. Tips for Your Morning Routine: Keep Things Tidy
For many of us, our immediate surroundings have quite the effect on our mood and overall well-being. And exactly how you wake up and what you wake up to are important aspects of your morning routine.
Make it part of your routine to ensure that your apartment is neat and tidy before going to bed to avoid the visual reminder that you need to clean in the morning. Starting your day off with those thoughts doesn’t make for good morning vibes. Clean your room like a pro: Enjoy a clear desk, a clear mind and you can’t lose.
Check out Utopia’s section on minimalism for a number of helpful tips and tricks on how to live simpler with less.
8. The Best Morning Routine: Keep Things Calm
Try to focus at least five minutes of your morning routine on mindfulness through meditation, yoga or personal reflection. Make this an essential part of your morning ritual and take enough time for yourself. Especially when we have a lot on our plate at work or elsewhere, these five to ten minutes a day can go a long way. Mindfulness activities are great way to help reduce stress.
Here are couple of methods to try out during your calm and collected mornings: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Living in the Present
9. Take Time for Your Morning Ritual
Physical activity is an effective way to start off the day alert and awake. Twenty minutes of yoga, a light jog around the block or morning stretches are usually enough to get the blood pumping – all without chugging seven cups fo coffee before 7AM.
If sport isn’t part of your personal best morning routine, take time out for something that you enjoy doing instead – such as a bit of reading in your favorite new book. Or you can make it part of your morning ritual to jot down some toughts or make a list of things you want to accomplish that day.
Plan your day out and collect yourself and you’ll be much more confident and prepared once you leave the house.
10. The Most Important Meal of the Day
Take time for a healthy and filling breakfast. You can even integrate the act of preparing breakfast into your morning ritual. Pour yourself a tasty bowl of cereal with seasonal fruit, mix in a bit of yogurt or smear a slice of whole-grain bread with a vegan spread or avocado. Warm drinks in the morning are refreshing: Make yourself a healthy cup of ginger tea, golden milk (a.k.a. turmeric latte) or any other warm beverage of your choice. For cold yet refreshing picks, leave a pot of cold brew coffee overnight to brew and enjoy it in the morning.
We hope these tips have been helpful in shaping your own personal healthy and motivating morning routine!
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This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Morgenroutine: 10 Tipps für einen besseren Start in den Tagaffiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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