Do you always feel lazy & exhausted and don’t feel like doing anything? This might be because of your morning routine. Some people like to start their day with a great routine and feel energetic throughout the day. On the other hand, some people don’t have any specific routine that helps them define their day, hence they feel drained and lethargic all day.
Lemony Snicket the author of The Blank Book says “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,”.
It wouldn’t be wrong if I say your morning routine defines your life. Because it is the positive thoughts & energy that help you conquer the world. With a correct routine that empowers you and makes you more productive, you can even move the mountains effortlessly.
If you have been struggling to create an effective morning routine then you have landed on the right page.
8 Simple Things to Do Before 8 am to Shape Your Mornings Better
The first thing you need to know is you can be flexible with the time. It’s not a hard and fast rule to wake up at a certain time in the morning. But the below-listed things are important to follow, and more importantly, you should stick to them.
Elders always say that wake up early (at 4 am or 5 am) in the morning and your life problems will be gone. So, waking up early is important but it doesn’t mean if you wake up at a sharp 4 am then only your problems will be solved.
We need to understand that taking 7-9 hours of sleep is also necessary for your body to function well. So to wake up early in the morning first you need to go to bed early and wake up accordingly. But make sure to complete your sleep to wake up feeling refreshed.
Drink a Big Glass of Water
After waking, the first thing you should do is brush your teeth and drink a big glass of water. It helps flush out toxins from your body. For those who have constipation problems, drink lukewarm water instead of normal water to encourage motion.
Also drinking water first thing in the morning prevents kidney stones and protects your colon and bladder from infections.
Stay Away from Your Phone
You all have heard or read that digital detox is what makes your body & mind relax. So keeping your phone at bay in the morning to be with yourself makes your mind calm and focused.
Social media is filled with false representations of life and the over-achievement of influencers, Other people or peers might make you feel overwhelmed.
Seeing or reading something negative/overwhelming first thing in the morning can trigger your stress response and put you on edge for the rest of the day.
Instead, read some motivating books or jot down a list of things that you are going to do on the day. This makes you feel composed.
Move Your Body
Moving your body releases good hormones and helps alleviate stress hormones. Be it jogging, morning walks, yoga, or pilates, having a short sesh of any activity gives your body the boost for the entire day.
Take a Shower and complete your morning Skincare
Post-exercise, now it’s time to wash off sweat, dead skin cells and remaining lethargy with a shower. Take a cool shower in summer and warm in winter. It helps cleanse your body from the outside at the same time it hydrates your skin.
Post shower, now it’s time to do the skincare and lock that moisture in your skin. Slather a good amount of body lotion and massage it into your skin. Coming to your face, apply serum, seal it with moisturizer and protect it with sunscreen of broader SPF such as 40 or 50.
Meditate or Pray
No matter how much you deny it, meditation is important for mental well-being. It gives you a sense of calmness, peace and balance which is important for your overall health.
Meditation helps alleviate stress, stay centred and keep inner peace.
Some people like to pray in the morning which is equally soulful as meditation.
Take a Healthy Breakfast
Having a nutritious breakfast in the morning gives you much-needed energy. The expert says you must have your breakfast before 9 a.m. Because your metabolism is at its peak in the morning.
The ideal time to have your breakfast is within 2 hours of waking up. To boost your metabolism, it is advisable to eat breakfast by 8:00 a.m.
Plan Your Day
Last but not least you should plan your day to boost your productivity. Planning the next day should be done at night but for some people, it is too overwhelming as they feel exhausted at night. Hence creating a to-do list with a fresh mind in the morning makes it more realistic.
The above-mentioned things are not very difficult and can be done effortlessly before a certain time. But they are very significant in changing your life. Doing a set of things daily makes you disciplined and makes your life seem easy. In the long run, you become composed and ready to embark on difficult journeys.
A curious girl filled with emotions & passion, Aparna holds a master’s degree in computer application, but words & stories fascinate her more than codes. She is a keen learner & a great admirer of art & culture. Sketching is her get away from daily hustle & bustle.