Lately I’ve been trying to become a morning person. I’ve always wanted to be that girl that wakes up at 5am, and is running loops and doing a million things, before everyone else is awake. Waking up at 5am would be the ultimate goal – imagine how much you could get done in a day? – but realistically I’ve been wanting to perfect a little morning routine which guarantees the best start to my busy days. I had such a great response to my blog 5 Steps to Soul-Saving R&R that I wanted to do another blog in a similar style. So here it is! My top 5 tips to starting your day right.
“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ~ Lemony Snicket
1. Train yourself to wake up earlier each day. Now guys, jumping from your normal 11am roll out of bed to a prompt 5am – all smiles and motivation – wake up is just not gonna happen. Try simply setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier each day. Waking up earlier not only allows you to have some quiet time to yourself, but it’s all linked to getting a better nights sleep. It’ll get easier each day, and soon enough you’ll be waking up at dawn with your to-do list in hand. But remember, staying up until 2am isn’t going to help your goal of a 5am kick-off. Earlier to bed, earlier to rise.
2. Give yoga a go. I don’t wanna be that person that sounds like they’ve jumped onto the trend train, but I wholeheartedly believe yoga to be the best way to wake yourself up. As a form of exercise you can do anywhere, with no equipment, there is no excuse for you to not give it a go! Try easing yourself in with Sun Salutations, or surya namaskar, you will stretch out all of your sleepy limbs, and get stronger with every time you wake up. Simply head down to your local bookshop and pick up a beginners guide to Yoga, or type it into your Google/Youtube search bar. Try doing this routine before you do anything else and feel the difference in energy.
3. Get some air in your lungs and water in your body. You’re probably thinking, ‘Uh Paige? That kinda goes without saying, doesn’t it?’ and yes, you’re right. BUT often we forget to drink water and skip straight to eating as soon we wake. So tomorrow, when you wake up, start sipping on a bottle of water straight away, make your bed, and open your window. If you’re a creative sort (after that yoga session) head out for a stroll so you can invite the creative energy; alternatively sit outside and write for half an hour.
“It is quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person – beguiled, enchanted.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase
4. Plan your day. Whether you do this before you go to bed, or at the table while you eat your breakfast, write down what you want to achieve with your day. Make note of even the simple things, like washing your clothes, yoga or finding a recipe for dinner. Write it down in your planner, or keep a list on your phone, and don’t waste your life thinking about what you should be doing but do it instead.
5. Fuel your body with some proper energy and good vibes. As a person who lives with anxiety, I’ve recently learnt that certain foods can help keep you calm. Greek yoghurt, being high in Vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, potassium, calcium and protein, helps lower your blood pressure and aids in ridding anxiety. If you’re into your smoothies, add a handful (or two) of spinach. High in magnesium, this leafy green helps regulate cortisol levels and promotes all the good vibes we want. Oats are also fantastic in producing serotonin, also known as our body’s natural antidepressant. So when you’re hungry for breakfast, try a healthy bowl of oatmeal, fruit and yoghurt – or an oat, banana and spinach smoothie – for a breakfast that will not only start your day right, but keep you going until lunchtime in a good mood.
Remember that how you spend your morning will determine your perspective on the rest of your day. Wake up and invite good vibes and positivity. Have a lovely day today, and a lovely morning tomorrow.