Words by Carlie Tucker
If there's one thing people across the world have in common, it's the morning routine. Regardless of where you're from, what you do and where you're going, you still have to get up and great ready for the day. Whether you bounce out of bed with a spring in your step, or you begrudgingly slide out of the sheets at a snail's pace, these easy tips can help you set yourself up for a better day:
Start the night before
If you're prone to falling behind in the morning, you can save yourself a little time by getting organised the night before. Simple tasks like choosing what you're going to wear and creating a to-do list will help you start the day more organised while cutting out simple tasks that somehow manage to eat up the majority of the morning.
It probably comes as no surprise that sleeping is dehydrating business. If your mouth is as dry as the Sahara when you wake up, think about how the rest of your body feels. Kick things off by drinking a big glass of cold water to revitalise your body. Some recommend even adding a little lemon to help boost alertness and top up those energy levels.
Get in some exercise
There's no doubt regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle. It can boost happiness and help stave off sickness. It will make you feel better physically and mentally, and it's a great way to get yourself going first thing in the morning. Even night owls that definitely don't feel like moving in the morning should carve out a few minutes each day. If you don't feel like hitting the gym at full force, yoga, stretching or light bedside calisthenics will do the trick.
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Grab a healthy breakfast
While we're talking about keeping things healthy, breakfast is rightly touted by health professionals around the world as the most important meal of the day. Not only does it refuel your body, it's been shown to stabilise blood sugar levels and decrease cravings throughout the day. Sticking to healthy items such as oatmeal, eggs, berries (the darker the better) and bananas can also boost energy and concentration. Even everyone's favourite morning coffee has important antioxidants. Just be mindful of the milk and sugar.
Amp yourself up
Many studies have shown that people are often most productive in the morning, but some of us might require a little help in getting things started. So, kick things off by doing something that amps you up to get those creative juices flowing. Simple things like filling your room with natural light can help elevate your mood, or listening to your favourite music is a great way to get in a positive mindset. Even power poses and positive affirmations will instil the confidence you need to get going.
Tackle the hard stuff first
Once you've made it to the office, make a point of not procrastinating. The peak of productivity hits in the morning, so schedule you're most important or difficult tasks first. This ensures you're in the right mindset to do your best work. Once they're out of the way, you'll feel better and can rest assured the rest of the day is likely to be smooth sailing.