How to make sure you always wake up on the right side of the bed!
Always wanted to be a morning person but just not quite figured it out? As the world returns to normal, we can resume our everyday lives. But let's not forget everything we learnt and enjoyed during lockdown. The slower pace of living, more time and enjoying the small things. But how can we make the most of our day once the back to work rush begins?
The most important step towards making a new change become a habit is committing to a routine. They say it takes 30 days to make a habit stick, so why not challenge yourself to a month of early starts! Commit to a morning routine that makes you excited to get out of bed! Here's some of our ideas of ways to start your day the right way.
Attitude of Gratitude
It's so easy when we wake up startled by an alarm, to hit snooze and roll back over thinking 'I don't want to get up.' Flip your perspective and wake up thinking 'I GOT to wake up today'. Starting the day with gratitude sets you up with a positive mindset, no matter what the day throws at you. Instead of waking up, grabbing your phone and scrolling through Instagram, swap in 10 minutes of meditation or gratitude journaling. Start your day feeling positive and thankful for everything you already have! Convinced you haven't got time? Practice on the go! See if you can be grateful even in the smallest parts of your morning routine, from waking up, to brushing your teeth to getting in your car and going to work. Show gratitude for what you have!
Make breakfast worth getting up for!
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day where we are quite literally 'breaking our fast' of not eating overnight. The food you choose to replenish your body with sets up your energy levels for the rest of the day. Choose a food you love that nourishes your body with the things it needs to keep you going. Try to incorporate elements of protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates for maintained energy release. Think avocado on toast, eggs benedict or overnight oats. We have a great recipe for Banana and Coconut Chia Pudding, which ticks all the boxes of a good breakfast! If you're on the go or short on time in your morning routine, get prepared and make in advance. Oats or chia seeds can be kept in the fridge and portioned out, just add your fruit and toppings and you are ready to go!
Make time to move
Ever wondered why a cat always stretches after a nap? Because it knows the importance of moving it's body again after being still! The muscles in the body are covered with a sheet of fibrous connective tissue called fascia. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body, making up the Myofascia System. So why do we feel stiff when we wake up? A lack of stretching or movement can cause the muscle fascia and tissue to stick together. This causes restricted muscle movement, stiffness, aches and pains. Moving your body with gentle stretches helps the body to relieve that tension and make you feel more active! Check out this quick morning flow with Nicole, perfect for getting you up and moving.
Get creative with your commute
Something we probably didn't miss while we all worked from home, rush hour traffic! Long commutes back and too to work can be draining. But what if we used this time not to get frustrated or anxious about what we have to do that day, and use it to be productive! Why not swap out listening to a negative news report to tuning into a podcast as you drive? Listening to something that inspires you can help you to feel motivated and positive for the day ahead! Not into podcasts? Try listening to affirmations or a playlist of your favourite songs to give you that morning mood boost!
PSST.. Want to know another secret for getting up early? Getting a good nights sleep! Turn off and disconnect from phones and laptops two hours before bed. Try to have a regular bed time and stick to it! That weekend lie in? Might actually be making you feel more tired in the week. Regular wake up and wind down times helps the body to become used to a routine making it easier to sleep and wake up. Have trouble winding down before bed? Try this!
What's your favourite thing to do in a morning? Let us know in the comments below!