10 Little Morning Tricks To Help You Start The Day In A Great Way
I used to hate mornings when I was younger, which meant that I was a totally normal human being. The sound of my alarm clock was synonymous with nails being scraped along a chalkboard, and it took me at least five snoozes before I finally fell out of bed, stumbled into the kitchen, made some (un)fresh coffee and bolted out the door to work.
And by the time I arrived at work, I literally had no time for anyone.
“Don’t talk to me,” I would command, until I’d applied my make-up and got myself properly focused – just in time for noon!
The thing is, though, that morning is the most important time of the day. If you get off to a bad start, your whole day will follow suit. Wake up late, spill your coffee and stub your toe, and you’ll be in a bad mood all day.
Worse still, you’ll be unproductive.
Get your day started in the right way, however, and the rest of it will follow suit.
Here are 10 little morning tricks that will help you start the day in a great way.
Eat A Breakfast Fit For King’s
Lots of people skip breakfast because they’ve got no time at all. They’re in a rush, and the only sustenance they get is a pot of coffee or an energy drink.
But this is just no good because you’ve literally got no fuel. You’re running on an empty.
It’s way better to give yourself enough time in the morning to make a hearty breakfast that will put enough fuel in your tank to keep you going until dinner. Protein is great because it fills you with energy, unlike dairy or carbs which can make you feel sluggish. Avoid fats too, such as bacon, because these can cause brain fog.
Be Grateful For What You Have
Some people have lots of stuff going on in their lives which motivate them to get out of bed with a smile on their face, with others will complain that they’ve got nothing.
“I literally don’t have a reason to get up anymore,” we might complain.
Everyone has something to be grateful for, whether it’s the fact that we’re still part of this divine miracle, or whether it’s our spouse, our kids, our job, the sunrise before us, and so on. Take a moment each morning to give thanks to what you’ve got.
Prepare The Night Before
In my book, morning always starts the night before. What I mean by this is that I prep what I need to do in the morning before I go to bed, so that I’m more efficient the next day.
For example, I work as a writer and one of the things that always slows me down is creating titles and sub-headers for articles – as well as all the research.
Each night before bed, I type up all the headers for the next morning’s articles, as well as find links for the research I need to carry out. So when morning comes, I’m already a few steps ahead of everyone else. Instead of growing frustrated that I’m losing time typing out all the headers, I’m diving straight into the meat of the pieces.
Let Some Light In
When I was younger, I hated light. The last thing I wanted to see when I’d just woken up was light blaring in my sullen, goth-like face. I wanted to hide away from the world for as long as possible, and as such I kept the curtains closed until it was time to head to work.
Light, though, is super important because it snaps your brain into action by telling it that “Hey! IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!”
It also ensures that your brain stops production a sleep-regulating hormone called melatonin.
These days, I don’t have any curtains in my room, so when I wake up, light floods over me and springs me into action.
Plan Your Day
Want to avoid your day becoming yet another mess whereby you arrive home from work 3 hours late, stressed to heck and have to eat yet another horrid TV dinner? Then put some time aside in the morning to schedule your day! 🙂
A Morning Jog
Nothing is more energising than a morning jog. This is a fantastic way to start the day because running releases lots of happy hormones and chemical in your brain that put you in a “I can do this” frame of mind.
Avoid Social Media
I’ve got a friend who’s become addicted to a new video chat platform called Blab. She says she’s even started checking it each morning before work. The problem is that she isn’t getting up any earlier than she used to do, but somehow she’s squeezing Blab into her morning routine.
And it’s costing her a lot of time.
If you stop checking your social media accounts each morning, you’ll not just save yourself a lot of time, but you’ll also be sure that you can’t be put into a sour mood by a status from your crush that you really didn’t want to see.
Lose The Snooze Button
We all love the snooze button, so banishing it forever is going to be a hard thing to do for many people. But if I could do it, then so can you.
The snooze button appears to be your friend. It comforts you when you want an extra five minutes by offering you 20 minutes. It seems to be on your side when it lets you go back to sleep for a little bit longer.
But the snooze button is just a Yes Man who will do anything to please you. And it’s definitely no good for you!
Set your alarm for when you absolutely need to get up and banish the snooze.
Lots of people head straight for the coffee beans first thing in the morning, and I’ll admit that I used to be one such person. I’d got it into my head that I couldn’t survive without my morning coffee, and that if I ever skipped it I would literally die in the office.
But the most important liquid you can drink in the morning is water – and plenty of it.
Water properly hydrates you, and it flushed out pesky toxins that have built up in your body during the night – the exact toxins that make you feel sluggish and lethargic throughout the morning. It’s basically the wake-up call that your organs and muscles need, and it stimulates your body into action like nothing else.
Chew A Mint
Lastly, chewing a mint helps with mental alertness, and mints acts as a natural stimulant. Moreover, they can also help with memory loss. For this reason, chewing in the morning is a great way to get yourself into the right frame of mind.