If you’re the kind of person who has always wanted to bounce out of bed ready to start the day at full throttle, but in reality is more likely to be hitting the snooze button repeatedly, we hear you. It’s tough being at 100 per cent first thing in the morning! However it’s not impossible. With a few little lifestyle tweaks, you’ll start your day happy, healthy and with more energy.
1. Don’t hit the snooze button
It’s tempting to hit snooze repeatedly but this habit is actually doing you more harm than good. You may think it’s allowing you to get some extra sleep so you wake up feeling more rested but in fact it’s doing the opposite. Hitting snooze and continuing to sleep means your sleep cycle starts all over again. The next time your alarm goes off you’re likely to be in a deeper part of your sleep and interrupting this stage of sleep means you’ll wake up feeling more tired.
Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every morning – yes, even on weekends!
2. Greet the day
Whip open the curtains and bask in the sunlight for a bit. Not only is it a nice way to start the day but it will help boost your Vitamin D intake. A lack of Vitamin D can often lead to issues such as brittle bones and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease so it’s important to get your daily dose of the “sunshine vitamin”.
Personal trainer Kirsty Welsh says the best time of day to exercise is first thing in the morning. “There's nothing better than moving, bending, lifting, running and stretching first thing, pumping your whole body full of blood and oxygen and waking up with the sun!” Welsh says. “People who actively choose to set their alarm early to work out are essentially choosing to prioritise their health and wellness, which of course brings greater happiness and work productivity throughout the day.”
4. Hydrate with a glass of water and lemon
A glass of water with half a lemon is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and potassium and can help boost your digestive system, supports the immune system and detoxifies the liver.
5. Have a hot shower… followed by a cold one
Naturopath Mim Beim says to finish your shower with a blast of cold water to really help get the circulation pumping. (We’re guessing the cold water will help wake you up too!)
6. Make your bed
Get into the habit of making your bed. Not only is it much nicer to come home to a neat and tidy bed but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment that you’ve ticked off your first task of the day before stepping out the door. You’ll feel more encouraged to be productive throughout the day.
Set aside 5-10 minutes to meditate and start your day on a calming note. Don’t fret if you’re a newbie at meditation. Beim says the best way to get started is to sit down and just focus on the breath. “Just notice the breath as it flows into the nostrils and out again. And every time you get a thought just bring the thought back to the breath. What’s the breath doing?”
8. Think three good thoughts
Compile a mental list of three things that you’re thankful for, happy about or looking forward to. This is a positive way to start the day and will help put you in a good mood.
9. Eat breakfast
We know mornings can be hectic but set aside the time to always have breakfast. “If you skip breakfast you’re setting yourself up for blood sugar highs and lows all day, which in turn means energy highs and lows all day,“ says Naturopath and nutritionist Cassie Mendoza-Jones. If you’re in a rush, grab something quick like eggs and sourdough toast or a healthy breakfast cereal.
10. Write your to-do list
To ensure you’re as productive as possible, plan your day and write down all the things you have to do. This allows you to prioritise your tasks and clears your mind so you’re more focused.