5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mornings

by Pari Aryafar

 

Well, we can’t exactly say life is going back to normal, but things are definitely going in a new direction. Some of us are being asked to come back to our offices and others are feeling less fearful about going outside again. We are finding that many of our members are making their way to the routines they had pre-pandemic, but it seems harder than before to get going in the morning.

 

That being said… you may not be waking up at 6 am like you used to, but your mornings are still one of the first obstacles of your day. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, depending on what your responsibilities are, you may be forced to adapt to a way of living that doesn’t always leave you bright-eyed and bushy tailed. 

 

Here are 5 easy tips to make your mornings a lot smoother and help you get after your day!


  1. When the alarm goes off, get yourself up - don’t hit the snooze button

It’s easy to sleep for “just five more minutes” but that affects your circadian rhythm more than you think. You’re actually making it harder yourself to get up and will become even more groggy. Be real with yourself: do you actually need to wake up at 5:45 am or are you more effective at 6:30 am? Set a time that’s realistic instead of trying to force yourself awake when you won’t be productive anyway. Then consider what time you actually need to be going to sleep. If you want to feel your best, shoot for those 7-8 hours, and set a timer to make sure when you should be in bed. Your rest is the most important thing, and without that, your day is usually off to a tougher start than it needs to be.


  1. Find that one thing that motivates you to get up

For some people, they like an early morning run to wake them up, while others are happy to have that first sip of coffee. What do you like to eat for breakfast? Is there a morning show or podcast you don’t mind listening to? Focus on that as you’re getting out of bed and you’ll find that you’ll be a little more motivated.


  1. Do some simple routines

More than just rolling out from the sheets, jumping in the shower, shoving something in your mouth, and being on your way… maybe incorporate tidying up your room and making your bed, wiping down the kitchen, making a list of what needs to be done for the day, or spending a few minutes meditating/journaling. The reason for this is you want to give yourself some time at the beginning of your day preparing yourself for success - either by doing a small self check-in or making your place just feel a little nicer - humans by nature feel better in environments that are organized.


  1. Name three things you’re grateful for

Starting your day with gratitude is always an amazing thing and a good way to shift your mood in a positive direction. Your gratitude list doesn’t have to always be massive things like “I am grateful for my home” or whatever it is, it can be something small like “I appreciate the way the sun is shining this morning.” With practice, you’ll find more things that bring you joy and help brighten your day right as you wake up.


  1. Get that blood flowing

Some of us don’t like to exercise first thing in the morning, preferring it as a mid-afternoon break or the last thing they end their day with. But if you’re feeling unmotivated to start your day, it’s a good way to both kick off your endorphins and tackle something on your to-do list. Whether you’re taking one of our morning Virtual Training sessions, going for a quick jog around your neighborhood, or just doing ten toe-touches and calling it a day, making your body move always helps to make it feel better.

 

Mornings aren’t always easy for everyone but when you find things to look forward to, a routine to keep you accountable, and are able to get yourself up and running, you’re going to feel unstoppable!

 

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