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Rise and Shine: How to Optimize Your Mornings

Morning Routine

How do you start your mornings?

This may not seem like an important question. However, what you after you get out of bed sets the tone for the rest of your day. I am aware that we all have different circumstances surrounding our lives, some of us are parents, others commute to work, while some work from home. Whatever the case, I suggest you start fine tuning your AM time to see what makes you feel good and what works well with your lifestyle. Pick and choose from the suggestions below to find your most favorable routine.

How to Set the Tone

 

Meditate- Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It has been known to help with numerous ailments including stress, anxiety, lack of focus, poor memory, poor self-awareness, addiction and more. Headspace is an app you can download to your phone so you can practice anywhere, anytime. How easy is that? Neuroscientists have found that after just 11 HOURS of meditation, our brains actually experience structural changes in the part involved in monitoring our focus and self control. Have trouble focusing on that report or can’t bring yourself to part ways with your 3pm orange mocha frappuccino? Start meditating now!

Try it: Practice for 10 minutes every morning upon rising.

Stretch– While you are sleeping, your body is resting. Often times when we wake up we just go, we don’t ease our way into the day because we have too much to do and not enough time. From the second we wake up until we go to bed, as a culture, we are constantly on the go. This can be detrimental to your body, signaling stress signals within endocrine system. Is is important to wind down at night, and ease into your day to work with your body’s natural rhythm. I don’t know about you but when I wake up my body, my mind follows.

Try it:Take 9 minutes to stretch each morning. Get your routine here.

Exercise- Oh yes! Good ol’ exercise. Some of us are morning people, while others can not function until noon. If you are the former than get your exercise in first thing so you don’t have to worry about it later in the day. It may help clear your head for that important meeting or eliminate some of your daily stress.

Try it: Go for a walk, hit the gym or sign up for your favorite exercise class. Personally, I am a huge fan of taking classes in the morning, it eliminates unnecessary thinking when I am not quite awake. Kids still sleeping? Great! Pop in your favorite workout DVD or practice yoga.

Eat Up- I know you’ve heard it before, and you’re about to hear it again, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because it sets your metabolism up for the day. In addition to fueling our bodies, we need to fuel our brains. Our brain requires an array of nutrients to be healthy such as omega-3s, folate, vitamin E, complex, choline and many more. Begin your day with a well balanced meal complete with complex carbohydrates, protein and a little healthy fat.

Try it: Start your day with eggs, oatmeal, or a protein rich smoothie.

Ready, Set, GO! 

Once you experiment and find what works for you, try to stick to your routine 7 days a week. If you wake up later on the weekends, it will be more difficult to stick to your routine come Monday morning. Keeping up your routine will also help you feel in control, organized and sane. I can’t tell you how much my life has improved once I found a method to my morning madness. When my life is chaotic, my work and personal life suffer. I don’t know about you but I am a much happier person when my work and relationships are happy.

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