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You don’t need to be a morning person to enjoy the early hours of the day. The secret to a day full of energy lies in getting into a morning routine. Starting your day right will eliminate additional stress and prepare your body to give 100 percent for the rest of the day. Follow these five easy-to-follow steps to make this important part of the day more productive:
When setting the alarm, be realistic and don’t set it too early if you don’t actually plan to get up then. The alarm will break your sleeping cycle and pushing the snooze button will only make you feel more tired. It can be fun to use a mobile app to discover your own sleeping patterns so you can choose the best time to wake up. Another tip is to set your alarm for the same time every day which will help your body adjust. You will feel more energetic right at the start of the day and reduce the stress of waking up.
Start your day with a glass of warm water instead of coffee. The warm water wakes up your digestive system and improves blood circulation, among other benefits. Adding a bit of lemon juice or zest to lukewarm water will turn your morning drink into a health elixir that aids digestion as well as giving your immune system a boost. Drink it first thing in your morning routine and try to wait thirty minutes before starting your breakfast. Furthermore, don’t forget to hydrate your body throughout the day! If you struggle with your water consumption, there are plenty of mobile apps to keep you on track and notify you whenever you’re not getting enough liquids.
Stretching is a peaceful way to wake your body up without inducing additional stress. Our favorites are a short morning yoga session, a barre class or just stretching in bed. However, any routine will improve the blood flow to your muscles and decrease the harmful effects of a sedentary office lifestyle. If your mornings aren’t rushed, you might even opt for swimming or running. The positive hormone response will energize you for the rest of the day and improve your self-esteem.
The best way to save time in the morning is by planning ahead. Prepare for the next day the evening before by choosing your outfit, preparing your lunch box and writing a list of things to do during the day. This saves you time and cognitive effort in the morning, making your routine smoother and reducing morning stress.
If you don’t feel well in the morning and are fatigued throughout the day, this might be because your meals are not fueling your body properly. Have a full breakfast to get you started and consume several portions of fruits and vegetables during the day. Avoid heavy meals up to three hours before sleep for an improved night’s rest. Increased sugar and alcohol consumption will leave you less energetic, so try avoiding them too. If you still feel exhausted, consult your doctor for more tips.
Feeling sleepy significantly lowers productivity. Drinking coffee may help boost your energy, but only temporarily. There are better ways to fight sleepiness and thereby improve productivity at work.
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