What is one thing you want to change about your life? The way you eat? How often you travel? Your relationship with your spouse? Or it’s as simple as how much water you drink in a day. Believe it or not, it all boils down to what we do from the moment we open our eyes to when our day begins. For some, the day starts at 9 am when they have to show up to work. For others, it begins at 7 am when the kids get up for school. Your day may even start at 2 pm because you work graveyards. Whatever the case may be, consider asking yourself these questions:
“Do I spend lots of days unproductively?”
“Do I feel rushed or anxious when I wake up?”
“Am I grumpy or irritated?”
If you answered yes to any of those questions, maybe it is time to consider creating or changing your morning routine. Answer honestly… which is more challenging? Getting up 30 minutes earlier? Or sleeping an extra 30 minutes, irritated at the wall because it reached out and stubbed your pinky toe while you weren’t paying attention on your way out the door? If you answered those questions truthfully, I bet it wasn’t the one with a broken toe.
Here are a few tips to help you set yourself up for a productive morning:
Drink water and electrolytes the second you wake up.
Our bodies are dehydrated when we wake up, regardless of how much water we drank the day before. The human body is 60% water; a THIRD of that is SALT WATER. We cry, sweat, and bleed salt water. Our bodies NEED electrolytes for optimal hydration. Hydration electrolytes include Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, and Magnesium. Sodium = Extracellular hydration. Hydrate your body!!
Set 30 minutes to an hour aside to move your body.
Exercise is essential for every aspect of life. If you exercise daily (preferably in the morning), your body will release endorphins improving your mood, giving you more energy, and giving you extreme confidence! If you look good, you feel good. Don’t believe me? Set a goal to exercise four times a week for a month. Take progress pictures, eat clean, and watch how your life changes!
Take time to embrace the world around you. Take five minutes to go outside, watch the sunrise and enjoy its beauty. Take ten minutes to sit down and journal what you are thankful for and anxious about. Meditate to clear your mind and create a fresh start to tackle your day. Read a self-help book to get into a productive mindset. As you practice mindfulness, everything around you starts to improve. Good relationships, accomplished goals, good health, and productivity start taking over your life.
Are we truly living if we don’t take the time to care for our bodies and nail a morning routine? We were not designed to wake up, work a 9 to 5 job, eat dinner and go to bed only to do it all over again. There is more to life than we realize when we embrace the world around us. So now ask yourself the question… what habits can I change daily that will add meaning to my life?
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