Unless you’re an early bird who jumps out of bed enthusiastically, chances are getting up is pretty tough. Here are some ways to make your morning much easier.
1. Drink Lemon Water
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Our bodies are roughly 50-75% water. So naturally, drinking water first thing in the morning is the best way to start your day. Not only does it replenish our most vital fluid, but adding a little lemon is a great way to kickstart your metabolism into gear.
What’s so special about lemons? Well, adding lemon provides a zing of refreshing citrus that wakes you up and also gives you a boost of vitamin C; one of the body’s most important antioxidants to fight off harmful free radicals.
Lemon is also known for its detoxifying and alkalizing properties, which can help clear acne-prone skin, flush the body of unwanted toxins, and keep inflammation from high acid levels at bay — But wait, isn’t lemon acidic? Yes, but lemons are also one of the most alkalizing foods on the planet. Their high-alkaline mineral content crushes their citric acid content by a long shot.
2. Take 5 to Stretch
Ever notice how stretching in the morning feels good? This is in part because when you stretch your sleepy, tense muscles, you’re actually releasing something called lymphatic fluid.
Lymphatic fluid, along with lactic acid, accumulates in your joints and muscles after exercise for the purpose of providing them with nutrients to grow. When you stop moving, lymphatic fluid delivers toxins to your lymph nodes for elimination. However, lymphatic fluid can build up and cause pain if it’s not released or drained.
Stretching can help prevent this by improving your blood circulation and influencing the release of toxic buildup from your otherwise tense muscles.
While stretching, use this time to either meditate or think about your goals for the day and how you plan to achieve them. Doing so will take your mind off how potentially inflexible you are, so you won’t notice how challenging it is.
Here are Some Stretches to Help You Get Moving
Either lying down or standing up, pull your ankle to your glutes and hold it there for 10-15 seconds. Breathe deeply. Repeat on the other side.
Calf and Shin Stretch
Point both of your big toes towards your knees, hold for 5-10 seconds.
While lying down, flex both of your feet. Bring your right leg straight up so that your foot is parallel to the sky. Be sure to keep your knee locked, and pull into towards your chest. Hold for as long as you can.
Hug yourself! Wrap both of your arms as far across your chest and towards your back as possible. Hold for as long as you want.
Full Body Extension
Reach up as high as you can with both hands. Take a deep breath when fully extended. Release on exhale.
3. Replace Your Hot Shower with a Cold One
If you haven’t felt the rush of jumping into a icy cold shower, you’re in for a real treat.
In addition to providing your body with a neurological experience, cold water increases blood flow to the skin, leaving you with a healthy, natural glow. Plus, cold constricts, leaving less room for dirt to enter your pores and cause acne.
Cold showers undoubtedly increase mental acuity and alertness. You’ll never feel more awake and ready to tackle the day than you do on the mornings accompanied by a cold shower.
4. Dress to Impress
You may have heard from a friend or family member that “it’s all about the inside, not the outside,” and contextually speaking, this can be true, but that’s not to say the outside doesn’t also matter.
Keeping your outer appearance on point is a silent expression to others that you value self-care. Putting in the extra effort in the morning reflects your inner drive and character, which can help you out professionally by creating a first impression that you take yourself seriously, and that others should too.
Oh, and dressing up is known to psychologically make you feel more confident in yourself.
5. Write Down Your Top Priorities for the Day
That’s right, priorities.
We all have them. And they’re ever-changing.
Write down your top three to five goals for each day, in order of importance. This is a tactic used by many to add weight to what they want to achieve.
Writing things down can make things feel more real and give you a sense of urgency to complete the tasks you know you need to complete.
The reward? Aside from the satisfaction of being productive, you get to cross those things off your list and put them behind you.
To your morning success,