What’s Your Morning Routine?
How To Change Up Your Morning Routine To Improve Your Day
Making small changes to your day-to-day routine can make all of the difference in how your morning routines go. Simple things like eating breakfast, setting out your clothes for the next day, and going to bed earlier can be the difference between waking up on the wrong side of the bed or waking up ready to take on whatever life throws your way. From sleeping better to getting in a quick morning workout, below we’ve created a small list of suggestions to help make your mornings more manageable.
Make time for a breakfast that fuels you
We’ve all heard that overdone cliche about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, but cliches are cliches for a reason; they’re true! Filling up on food that fuels your body is one of the best things you can do in the morning. Good food jump starts your metabolism and starts the momentum for an energetic day. Try swapping out sugary cereals for oatmeal, because it will sustain your energy much longer. If you’re really running short on time, prepare a jar of overnight oats instead. This recipe from the Food Network is healthy, delicious, and can be simplified for whatever you currently have in your cupboard to add in. However you want your oats you’ll have a quick, nutritious meal in the morning that you don’t have to put too much thought into.
Prepare the night before
Taking some time the night before to do simple things to prep for your morning can make a world of difference, taking your mornings from rushed and panicky, to relaxed and energized. Pick out your clothes for the next day, make your lunch, shower at night instead of in the morning. Doing one or two things at night instead of bumbling around in the morning right before you have to leave can make a world of difference and help you sleep better knowing that your morning chores are already taken care of.
Make time to move
This one can be challenging, especially if just getting out of bed and where you need to be on time is already difficult. However, moving your body in the early morning can have tremendous benefits on your body. An article from NBC.com explains that “researchers in Japan have found that fat oxidation occurs if exercisers work out before breakfast. There’s only good to be said for fat oxidation, the process by which large lipid (i.e. fat) molecules break down, which, in addition to being the kind of weight loss most people want, may also reduce type 2 diabetes.” Just another reason to lose the snooze button and (quite literally) jump out of bed.
Get a good night of sleep
Preparing for a rock solid morning routine starts with a stable sleep life. If you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, you can forget about motivation to start your day on the right foot in the early morning. Make sleeping better a priority will help to improve your mornings tenfold, because you’ll feel ready to wake up instead of needing that extra 15 minutes of snooze time. Practicing good sleep hygiene could mean keeping a solid bedtime and wake time, turning off electronics at least an hour before bed, drinking some calming chamomile tea, or listening to relaxing music before hitting the hay. You spend a third of your life on the mattress because your body needs time to heal itself. When we’re cheating ourselves of this rejuvenating time, we’re cheating ourselves out of better sleep that may lead to a longer, more fulfilled, and energetic life.
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