In today’s busy world, many of us tend to roll out of bed and stumble our way through a chaotic morning routine. But there are a few simple things you can do every morning to get your day off to a healthy start, whether you are a morning person or not!
1 – Wake Up!
This might sound a bit obvious, but you should get up when you intended to get up! Anyone else a fan of hitting that snooze button?? Yep, me too! But I find that if I stay in bed longer than I intended, even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes, I feel like I’ve started the day with a failure! Waking up can be hard, but it’s not gonna be any easier in 5 minutes time! So resist the snooze!
2 – Be grateful
I’ve mentioned the benefits of expressing gratitude before, and first thing in the morning is an excellent time to be grateful. I mean, for starters, you can be grateful you’re alive and you woke up! But seriously, if you wake up grumpy, having grumpy thoughts in the morning can affect how you think and feel for the rest of the day. So, start the day off on a positive note and spend those first few minutes thinking about all the things you are grateful for in your life in general, or things that you will be experiencing that day.
3 – Ease into your day
One of the worst things we can do first thing in the morning is pick up our phones and start reading messages or scrolling through social media. Give your brain a chance to wake up! I purposely avoid the internet in the morning and prefer to just listen to the radio while I wake up and get ready for the day.
4 – Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
And no, unfortunately I’m not referring to your morning coffee! Our bodies need water to thrive. But even if you’re really good at drinking water throughout the day, most of us still wake up dehydrated because our body has been working away all night. I like to start the day with a big glass or mug of warm water with a little squeeze of lemon juice (by “warm” I mean ¾ cold water topped up with boiling water). I’ll sip away on this while getting ready or while making my breakfast. I’ll finish it before I eat and have a second one with my breakfast. This means I will have reached almost half my daily water target by the time I’ve finished breakfast! Result!
5 – Eat breakfast, a good one
It really is true what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It completely sets the tone for the rest of the day. Some people have no appetite in the morning, but ideally we should eat something within an hour of waking up. And that something should be nutritious fuel for our bodies! For example porridge, or eggs on wholemeal toast, natural or greek yoghurt with fruit…or my home-made granola (recipe video here)!
So there’s my top 5 tips for things to do every morning to get you off to a good start! Let me know if you have a particular morning routine!