In the last three blogs I have been talking about being a morning person, the importance of that as well as some tips that will help you transition into becoming a morning person. In this blog I would like to give you three areas that you can focus on as you wake up in the morning.
1. Physical health
When we usually hear the term physical health, we relate that to exercise or physical activity. Well what I mean by physical health is your overall physical health of which exercise is just one part. The three important aspects in this that you need to focus on in the morning is to drink enough water, eat a great breakfast and also take some time to focus on your body.
So as you wake up, it is important that you drink a glass of water as this can help kick start your metabolism and help in the overall functioning of your body. Also remember to make drinking water an important part of your morning routine as this can also help wipe down any waste from your body. Another important aspect is to incorporate breakfast into your routine. Eating a healthy and filling meal is the key. As this is the first meal that you are eating after the previous night’s dinner, it is important that you consume a meal that is rich in nutrients and also one that will fuel your body with energy. The final important aspect in this area is exercise, I usually prefer to use the term movement as it is important to stretch your body after hours of inactivity. This can include an exercise routine or the basic stretches that will loosen up your muscles thereby helping your body to get into the rhythm of motion for the day.
2. Mental/spiritual balance
For me, this is the time where I read the bible and also take some time to reflect and think upon my previous day and my day ahead. Whether you believe in God or not, I think it can be very helpful if you take some time out of your morning before you get into the hustle of the day to just relax your mind and contemplate on what really matters to you. You could use this time for journaling and also do some meditation combined with breathing exercises. The most helpful type of meditation and breathing exercise that has worked for me is the mindfulness meditation that has a lot of proven benefits.
Doing something productive is the last MUST that has to be in your morning routine, this is apart from your exercise or meditation or even cooking that happens in the morning. For a productive activity, I would suggest that you do something like reading some pages of the book that you are currently reading, catching up on some work that has to be done, finishing a chore that you were not able to finish the previous day and so one. One of the greatest benefits that I have found with this is that it gets me into the productive mindset and thereby making it easier to be productive and get my work done efficiently throughout the day.
With these broad areas in mind, create a morning routine that works best for you. As you create one for now, make adjustments and tweek it as and when required.
- In continuation with last week’s blog, I have 4 more important tips that you can try out that will help you easily transition into being a morning person.
- Create a routine to follow
In my personal opinion, we need a routine to follow in the morning. I have found that if I wake up early and decide to just lay back and relax, more often than not, I tend to go back to sleep. And to prevent that, create a routine that you can follow through without much effort, but one that will eventually wake you up. This could include brushing your teeth and showering, making your bed, getting some tea or coffee, cleaning up around the room or house, and so on. Create your own as you work your way through this process.
- Be realistic and compassionate to yourself
This is a key element when trying to become a morning person. Pushing your way though and sticking to your goal is something that we have been taught all our lives. While this is a very important lesson that will help us get places, I also think that being realistic and compassionate to yourself is important. Let me explain this. So when I say be realistic and compassionate, what I meant is that if you have only gotten a few hours of sleep every day for the past one week, then your body is not well rested. And instead of pushing yourself to wake up at the same time and dragging yourself though the day, I think it is important that you cut yourself some slack and sleep in, or sleep a little early so that your body can get the rest it needs.
As you are transitioning, there are chances that you might just want to give up on this as it might become harder for you to follow through. And therefore one of the best tricks that has worked for me is to allow myself to sleep in a bit longer. You can decide on how long you want to sleep in. For me, I have found that sleeping in 1 extra hour one day of the week where you don’t have to be on the go has been the best ‘cheat day’ or ‘day off’ from being a morning bird.
Waking up to have a relaxing yet productive morning and waking up to have a slow morning is very different. I would say that a relaxing and productive morning is where you would wake up, make yourselves some tea or coffee, read a book (This is the time I take to read the bible and do my devotion and meditation), listen to some good music, do your stretches, catch on some last minute work before you have to head out for work or class and so on. Whereas a slow morning would be one where you have a lot of time and almost nothing to do and therefore you might start off your day by being slow. The difference that I have seen between these two mornings is that I usually tend to have a more productive day when I have a relaxing but productive morning where I am actually getting things done. And if I did have a slow morning then my whole day seems slow. There for try to do things that keep your mind active as you wake up.
These are not the only tips, but these are what has worked for me and therefore might work for you too. So give it a shot.
Have you ever wished to become a morning person? Or have you ever felt that it is impossible to become a morning person? Well then, this is for you. Here are a few steps that I have practiced and found useful.
Sleep is non-negotiable. If you want to be a morning person and have a productive day, then the first step is to get a full night’s sleep. This varies from person to person. If you usually sleep 6/7 hours each night, then you have to make sure you get 6/7 hours of sleep even when you are trying to wake up early. And being consistent with the time is also necessary as your body will get used to it and it will be easier for you to fall asleep and to wake up at a particular time.
- Work your way through slowly
If you wake up at 7 or 8 am currently and try to wake up at 4 or 5 am the next day, that might be hard on you and it is likely that your day will be unproductive. And therefore consider this as a process and try waking up half an hour earlier than usual then work your way to the goal time. This is an easy way to transition into being a morning person.
Decide on the motive of wanting to be a morning person. Or what you want to accomplish by being a morning person. Having a set motive like this will motivate you to wake up in the morning and also enjoy the transitioning process and even enjoy your time in the morning.
A strategy to wake up and get out of bed is extremely necessary. This consists of your alarm and also what you would do soon after you wake up. There are many apps that are available that will have you solve a puzzle before you turn off your alarm, I have personally found this effective. Some suggestions for what you could do as soon as you wake up are opening your window or door, drinking a glass of water, making your bed or changing out of my pajamas, these activities usually take your mind off of sleep and will help you become a bit more alert.
Try out these strategies during the week and next week I will be back with 4 more suggestions next week.
Have you had those mornings where you struggle to get out of bed? I have, and I have also had mornings where it is effortless to get out of bed. Recognizing the difference that my morning activities have on my day has encouraged me to learn and research on some of the things that I can incorporate into my mornings. So thorough my journey of trying out various suggestions on the internet, I have come up with 4 reasons why I think one should have a morning routine.
- It will allow you to take care of yourself
Taking care of ourselves is a term or concept that is foreign to many of us. We are always taught to take care of others and are not taught or encouraged to look after our own needs. But the irony is that we cannot take care of others or do anything unless we care for ourselves. I think that we should be a little selfish when it comes to taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. This can be in the form of exercising, doing a skin care routine or putting on some make-up, putting on some nice clothes, eating a good breakfast, taking some time to meditate and so on. What this does is boost our energy or confidence to tackle our daily tasks.
- It will allow you to become healthier
When you have a morning routine, this will allow you to spend some time in the morning either meditating that can be good for your mind/brain, exercising which will help your body and eating that can give you the necessary energy to function during that day. And all of these things not only impact your day, but have a long term effect on you.
- It will help you reduce stress
If you usually wake up 30 minutes before you have to head out the door, there is a high chance that you will not have time to think about anything as you might be multitasking in order to get out of your house so that you can make it in time for your class or work. But if you were to wake up an hour or an hour and half before you have to leave the house, that will give you enough time to stretch or exercise and even have breakfast. Many have attested that taking that extra hour or so in the morning to get ready, have your breakfast and even some time for meditation or devotion can do wonders to our day. As we are taking things more slowly because we have time, this will have a direct impact on our stress level.
We are always competing with time. It’s a race that just seems never ending. Getting up earlier than your peers allows you to have time to work or study without being interrupted by those things that would during the day. And it is likely that you will be able to get more things done.
If you are now thinking that all this sounds good, but that you are not a morning person. Come back next week to know how you can create your own morning routine that will be easier to follow.
There is at least a time gap of 10 hours between your dinner the previous day and your present day breakfast. This time is called a ‘fasting period’. By morning mostly all the food is digested leaving your body with no source of energy. Some studies show that eating your breakfast will regulate your weight, give a positive mood, prevent binge eating and so much more. Here are a few reasons why breakfast is important.
1.Boosts your Energy
Your stomach is empty by the time you wake up leaving you with no source of energy for the rest of the day. The start of the day is when you need your short term memory to work the best because you have to plan for yhe rest of the day. And if you have no energy in your body, your overall functioning will reduce, which includes aspects like your muscle movement,memory. Thus it is important that you have your breakfast
- Gives you energy
As you have no more food left in your stomach by morning, it is important that you eat as it decides your energy for the day. It is not necessary that you eat a big meal but it is good to have something which will give you something to rely on. If you have your breakfast you will find it easier to do your tasks.
- Maintains your Weight
If you don’t eat a meal in the morning, you will find yourself snacking throughout the day especially when you get short breaks during work or class. This will result in eating more than your body actually needs.
Recent research shows that breakfast does not directly influence your weight, but it will influence the amount of food you eat in a day. It is said that having a nutritious breakfast will decrease your calorie intake of the day. It is important that you only eat what your body needs. Since your body needs some fuel in the morning, breakfast becomes a necessity.
If you find it hard to wake up early enough in the morning you can prepare some take-with-you breakfast. Otherwise try your best to eat something when you get up in the morning just to get the energy you need to start your day.
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Getting up in the morning might be a very hard task for some of us. One way to help you get up early could be not to name yourself as a night person, or to rule out the possibility of being a morning person. Even though having a routine might not sound all that important, there are some great benefits that will help us for the day. Here are a few reasons why waking up early is a necessity.
- Gives you Some ‘You Time’
When you wake up late most of the people in your house might be up and moving about. Which might not be a proper environment for you to clear your mind or to have some time alone. A ‘you time’ might not seem interesting, but I guarantee that once you start taking time for yourself to think, your day will be much more productive. You can use this time to evaluate your previous day and to see if you were able to finish your tasks. This time could also be used to review your daily tasks.
- Gives you Time for Breakfast
When we wake up late, one thing we mostly skip is breakfast. Even though a lot of us know why breakfast is important and why it is a necessity we skip it to save time. But preparing for your day with a full stomach sounds much more practical than an empty stomach. Since you have not eaten anything for more than at least 6 hours you have practically no food in your stomach to give you energy. Thus it is very important to have your breakfast every morning and getting up early will allow you time to eat breakfast.
- Gives you Time to Move Your Body
For me exercising in the morning is a big task. I’d rather chose to spend my mornings at a slow pace than exercise. But I’ve noticed that exercising makes my day much better. While exercising make sure to move all/most of your muscles because it will make it easier to use it the rest of the day by waking you up. This will also help your metabolism which is also very important. While there are days when I workout in the morning I would prefer to do stretches. It does the job for me. If you can motivate yourself to do some sort of exercise in the morning I guarantee that your day will be at great ease.
These three things will surely give you the motivation and energy to tackle your day. Thus waking up early enough to do these will do wonders. These are also not the only things that will motivate you, but these are what I’ve found helpful
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