Do you have a special morning ritual that you just couldn’t survive without? Here are a few suggestions to help your day get off to a positive start.
There are two types of people in this world—those who love mornings and those who do not. Whether we belong to the former or the latter, it is important to mention that we all have certain morning rituals that make us get out of bed and start our day.
However, many of these rituals, such as snoozing (which is a thing almost all of us do) are simply bad for you and your health. Why snoozing your alarm is bad is not really the topic for this article; instead, several useful morning rituals will be provided and described here. If you manage to incorporate just a few of them into your morning routine, you will certainly change your life for the better.
Try to get up as early as possible.
We are biologically predetermined to sleep during the night and be productive during the day. However, this tends to reverse once we have too much to do; our biorhythm becomes confused and we never seem to get enough sleep.
Because of this, it is important to go to sleep early, have 6-8 hours of sleep and possibly wake up with the morning sun. Our brains will get just enough sleep to make us productive for the following day. Yes, I know it is the ultimate cliché, but recall the famous quote, “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.“ While I cannot be sure about the “wealthy and wise“ part, there are numerous studies that confirm the “healthy“ part of it.
Get out of the bed as soon as your alarm goes off.
People who tend to stay in bed longer after they wake up are less productive during the day and find it hard to start any other activity—especially in the morning. It is always a good idea to get up as soon as you can; it will be healthier for both your mental and physical health.
The blood will start flowing, and you will not feel sleepy in just minutes. I know this is a difficult thing to do—especially if you are one of those who like lying in bed—but you will have to do it for the sake of your own well-being.
Turn on the radio or just play your favorite song.
Play music which will make you happy, hyped, or relaxed. If you are not sure about what kind of music you want to listen to in the morning, you can search what YouTube has to offer—and it has a lot to offer. There are channels on YouTube that are run by professionals who make music that lasts for hours and which has only one purpose: to make you feel better.
Motivate yourself while performing your morning routine.
I know that it sounds silly, but it actually works and makes you more productive and happier during the day. So how can you motivate yourself? Here are several examples; some might just be suitable for you.
- Look at yourself in the mirror and talk to yourself. Say something that works for you the best—something like “You can do it! Let’s go!“ You can also just smile at yourself in the mirror, as this has a positive effect on your mood.
- Do a couple of push-ups. But do no overdo it, you do not want to get tired in the morning really—you need just enough to feel the adrenaline rush which will make you hyped and ecstatic.
- Sing while taking a shower. This is similar to the previous section where I suggest listening to music, but it has a slightly different effect. Singing does not make you relaxed (your vocal cords get tense) but it does make you motivated because let’s face it, everyone is a great singer in the shower.
Carefully choose what you eat for breakfast.
There are two main schools of thought when it comes to what kind of breakfast should be eaten in the morning. One group claims that breakfast should be greasy, with a lot of calories in order to give you the energy for the day (because our digestive system works the best in the morning). On the other hand, there’s another school of thought claims breakfast should be light in order not to put a heavy burden on our fresh, just-out-of-bed bodies.
There is one thing on which all of the people agree: breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. You should find what suits you best and focus on eating it slowly, mindfully, and with enjoyment.
Do yoga or ordinary stretching.
Unlike push-ups, which should be done just to make you motivated, yoga or stretching have a different effect; this type of activity is more calming and will improve your health significantly. People who practice yoga are less stressed during the day and their general sense of wellbeing often soars.
There is only one aspect of yoga that people sometimes find inconvenient—it takes time. In order to do a complete yoga session, you will need at least half an hour with all the warming and breathing exercises included; if you can manage to find that time in the earliest part of your day, the benefits will come back to you tenfold.
To sum up, it is difficult to incorporate certain rituals as a part of your morning routine, but once you do, you will certainly improve the general quality of your life—you will start feeling better about yourself, your work, and your life.