Have you had those days where you just feel off or sluggish? The days that seem to drag on and you can’t wait for it to end so you can jump into bed and get some rest? After a long day, it can be difficult to get yourself up the following morning ready to attack the day, but why is that? Chances are it’s because you’re not starting your mornings off the right way. Here are 7 tips to jump start your day.
Don’t touch your phone upon waking up. Instead, grab a book and read for 15 minutes after silencing your alarm clock. If books aren’t your thing, give yourself some time to sit and reflect on the day ahead. Take out an old notebook and brain dump all of your thoughts, hopes and worries for the day. Give yourself a goal of one to two pages per day and at the end of each writing, think of three things that you are thankful for before getting out of bed. After all, a wise man once said “you don’t know what you got till its gone”, so remember to start your day with gratitude – not greed.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
I know I know, its old news…but believe it or not, our metabolism works much more efficiently earlier on in the day. If you decide to skip out on your morning meal and load up in the afternoon, you will actually be more hungry and prone to gain additional weight throughout the day. So instead of skimping out on your breakfast because you’re on the run, try experimenting with overnight oats or meal prep alternatives for the week ahead. Even if you find yourself chopping vegetables to cut down prep time for your morning omelet, you’ll end up saving a lot more time and feeling much better than you think.
Make it a goal of yours to do something nice for someone that you normally wouldn’t do. Show your friends some appreciation by inviting them to grab a quick dinner – and maybe pick up the check. Grab a co-worker some coffee from their favorite cafe on your way into work. Hold the door or elevator for those behind you. And say good morning to others! (Even if they are a stranger and you happen to make eye contact) It’s the little things that always go a long way.
Need I explain the countless benefits to working out first thing in the morning? I know the idea of waking up early to drag yourself to the gym sounds miserable at first – but rest assured, you will be thanking yourself every morning you say yes to hitting the gym before work. The National Institute for Fitness & Sport even states that testosterone levels are at their daily peak in the morning time, meaning that you are more likely to gain muscle at a faster rate. A morning workout also helps decrease stress levels, improve your mood, and promotes a better nights sleep.
Load Up On Water
Livestrong recommends that we should be drinking 32 ounces of water for each 50 pounds of body weight – which means that if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking a little less than three liters of water a day. It definitely seems like a lot, but if you break out a liter for the morning, post-lunch, and dinner/night-time, it seems much more manageable. You could even go the extra mile and prep some infused waters to sit overnight in the refrigerator, but that’s only if you are feeling ambitious.
Set Your Weekly Goals
On Sunday night, think about what is most important to prioritize for the next day or week and work backwards. Remember to be kind to yourself by setting goals that are reasonable for the anticipated time ahead (3-5 goals is typical). You can write your goals down in a notebook, create a digital note on your phone, or even set calendar reminders/deadlines for yourself for when you would like to complete the goals you set. After all, if you’re not keep tracking of your goals, who is?
Clean Your Room the Night Before
Nobody likes to wake up to dirty clothes all over their floor – or worse – no clean towels for the shower. Peel yourself out of bed on Sunday and get ahead of the week by doing a full clean sweep of your room, including a full wash of all of the clothes in your hamper. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even lay out your outfit for the next day so that you don’t need to scramble to think of an outfit idea the next morning. Baby steps, though…
Starting your day off on the right foot is crucial to having a great day. We all have so many goals when we wake up in the morning, but by the end of the day, more often than not, we didn’t accomplish half of them (at least). I am a huge believer that your mindset is everything. If you do these things every day and make them a habit, you will be unstoppable. Between exercising, eating and drinking healthy, visualizing your goals and practicing gratitude, you will get where you want to be in no time. Tomorrow morning, take one step towards your goals and become the person you want to be.