One of the worst things that can happen is to start your day with the wrong foot. Having a great morning can make the difference and set your mood and energy levels for the rest of the day, impacting on your productivity, social life, and creativity.
Implementing an everyday morning routine will also help you take control of your morning and start your day the right way! Here's the routine I use every morning that has helped me to get more done in less time and have a better attitude towards everyday situations:
Wake up! This is probably the toughest part of the routine — at least for me — because I tend to snooze the alarm clock about 3 times before actually getting out of bed. BELIEVE ME, a 20 more minute nap won't make you feel less tired, actually, you'll feel even more drained than the first time your alarm went off. So take Mel Robbin's #5SecondRule and 5-4-3-2-1 snap yourself out of bed!
Tip: don't try to stay awake (even for 5 minutes) while still lying down because you'll probably fall asleep again!
Drink a glass of water. After a 7-9 hour sleep — yes, this is how long you should be sleeping— your body will be grateful for at least 8 ounces of water. Because this is the first thing your body's receiving, it'll absorb it quickly and keep your brain hydrated first thing in the morning. A well-hydrated brain means a more alert and productive brain.
Tip: I also like to take a protein shake at this time, right before heading to the gym.
Workout! It doesn't matter if it's a 30-minute jog around the block, a HIIT workout in your living room, or going to the gym, what you want is to get your heart rate up and your body moving! This will fill you with energy to attack the day!
Tip: Remember to stretch to get the most out of your workout!
Get a quick and cold shower. You'll learn to LOVE this one! After working out your muscles are tense and an ice cold shower will relax them after a few minutes. This will also engage your nervous system and get you awake and alert! Plus, you'll save water: you won't want to be under the cold shower for more than 5 minutes.
Protein-rich breakfast. This doesn't mean you shouldn't eat carbs and fat — they're also important for a complete and healthy meal — but your body needs the protein intake after an intense workout to start the muscle regeneration process.
As you can see, this is a simple morning routine, but you'll notice after just one day of doing it, that it will make a big difference!
BIG TIP: Avoid using your phone for the first 30 minutes since the moment you wake up! This is probably one of the hardest things to do, but it'll have amazing advantages for you.