7 Tips for a Better Morning
Let’s begin at the beginning…
…of your day, that is. Your morning is arguably the most crucial part of your day. It is that make it or break it time where you set the tone for the following 15-16 hours. Here are 7 tips to help you wake up on the right side of the bed and begin each new day with an open heart, healthy body, and satisfied soul!
To really reap the benefits from these tips, be sure to avoid the morning news, your email, and your phone messages before doing these. Even avoiding stimulants like coffee can enhance the perks of this practice. This is all about creating time for you before you begin your busy day and adhere to the demands of those in your life!
1. Let the sunshine in
Before you go to sleep, make sure to leave your curtains or blinds half open. This will help you wake up with the natural light of the rising sun. This sends a signal to your brain to slow the production of melatonin and begin to increase adrenaline production—a sign to your body that it’s time to rise and shine! By the time your alarm clock goes off, you will already be partially awake and you won’t feel tempted to keep hitting that snooze button!
2. Rock out...of bed
Set your alarm on your phone to play something that makes you feel good about waking up! Whether it’s a classical tune like “Morning Mood (Peer Gynt)” by Edvard Grieg or a feel good jam like “Feeling Myself” by Nicki and Beyonce, pick something that will help you kick off your morning feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to greet a new day of possibilities!
3. Drink up!
Drinking 8-16oz of warm lemon water each morning is important for your body in many ways. It aids digestion, cleanses and detoxes your body, boosts your immune system, balances your pH levels, promotes healing in your body, and hydrates your all important lymph system. Not to mention it is great way to follow up a night of beauty sleep as it also aids in weight loss, helps to keep your skin clear, and freshens your breath even before you brush your teeth!
4. Salute that sun!
Whether you enjoy yoga or prefer a different style of fitness, including a 5-15 minute stretch into your morning routine can improve flexibility of muscles and joints, promote better circulation, and help relieve stress. Check out (this) simple 12 minute routine. Always modify your practice according to your body and needs and if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, find a video or regimen that resonates with you!
5. Get grounded and grateful
Starting your day with as little as 5 minutes of stillness can brighten your perspective, enhance your awareness of your present moment, alleviate stress and anxiety, and boost your overall well-being. In my personal practice, I combine my meditation with a mental expression of 5 gratitudes. By beginning my day in a quiet mindset and focusing on that which I feel blessed with, I bring my energy and mindset into a positive and peaceful place. By expressing my gratitudes in a space where I already feel connected to Spirit, I believe that I enhance my ability to manifest further blessings and abundance into my life. If you are just beginning a gratitude practice, consider this idea: “Imagine if you woke up tomorrow with only that which you said ‘Thank you’ for today.”
6. Mirror mirror on the wall…
Studies have shown that smiling increases brain activity that promotes happiness. Smiling at yourself for 30 seconds in the mirror each day promotes a stronger attraction to yourself overall (internally and externally) and enhances your relationship with yourself and your self esteem. Whether you choose to grin widely or provide yourself with a little “I got this” smirk, show yourself how happy you can be! Bonus: This would be a perfect time to share some positive affirmations or quotes with yourself! Write them out on a post-it note and stick it up by your mirror. After you brush your pearly whites, shoot yourself a smile and tell yourself something amazing about you, your life, or the day ahead. Once this becomes a habit, you will undoubtedly notice a significant shift in your overall happiness!
If you are like me, chances are you wake up and almost immediately begin to worry about the million things you need to accomplish, the places you need to be, and the responsibilities on your plate. However, it is important to determine what on that to do list is really a priority, otherwise those things may fall through the cracks. To help make sure that you are clear on what you must really get done that day, write down your top 3 tasks that you MUST complete. Once you build this habit, you increase your confidence to begin to accomplish greater and greater projects and responsibilities. Make sure though that you only write down 3, no more, no less. If you begin to get carried away adding item after item, the exercise loses it’s purpose and you will undo all the wonderful centering work you did during your meditation!
"I have all that I need to make this a blessed, joyful, and productive day of my life."
Make it a good one, babes! You are deserving and divine! Namaste. xo