Do you have a lot of life goals that you want to achieve? You’re going to have a much harder time doing so if you get lost in the maze of family responsibilities, work, friends, and free time for your favorite hobbies. That’s why some of the most successful people in our society have a morning routine. Balance your morning routines with the six tips in this article.
Stop Pressing the Snooze Button
Whether you’re single or you have a family, mornings can get hectic pretty quickly. It’s essential to go to sleep and to wake up on time in order to complete all preparations for the day. Some of us have an addiction to the snooze button, which can be a truly difficult habit to break. But it can be broken with a system of rewards and consequences, combined with lots of willpower. Find what rewards motivate you to get up on time. When you get in the habit of waking up on time, you give yourself the gift of time—time to mediate, make a healthy breakfast, read, or exercise—time which will give you the mental boost you need to get through the rest of your day.
Make Your Bed Right After You Wake Up
Making the bed isn’t really about making the bed. When remembering how his SEAL instructors inspected his newly-made bed every morning, U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven attests that “the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.” It seems like such a small thing to do. But making your bed right when you wake up will give you your first win of the day. This small win will then set the tone for the rest of your day.
Hail the Sunshine
You don’t have to get up before the sun if you don’t want to, but when you wake up, try to expose yourself to sunlight soon after you rise from bed. You can go for a morning walk or meditate or do something as simple as eating your breakfast on your patio. Exposing yourself to the morning sun will benefit your metabolism and your mood.
Drink Lemon Water As Your First Morning Beverage
You can have your morning cup of coffee. But as you make your coffee, squeeze some lemon juice into a glass of water and drink it first. There are many health benefits to starting your day with a glass of water. Add to that the lemon, which keeps away infections, decreases inflammation, and increases the production of enzymes. The combination of lemon water will have you feeling refreshed at the start of your day.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth In The Morning
You should brush and floss your teeth first thing in the morning—for a lot of reasons. Brushing your teeth when you wake up will get rid of the bacteria that accumulated in your mouth throughout the previous day. Bacteria in your mouth can erode your teeth enamel, and in addition, Davis Dental Care says that “studies have shown that the health of your gums is associated with many general health problems. Heart Disease, Diabetes and Strokes to name a few.” So to keep your teeth, gums, and heart healthy, you should always brush and floss away that nasty bacteria and start your day with a fresh mouth!
Make Part of Your Morning Showers Cold
Everyone hates to be the one in the shower when their partner or child flushes the toilet. But that sudden burst of cold water can have a lot of benefits. According to studies and statistics, cold showers help alleviate depressive symptoms, relieve anxiety, increase productivity, reduce sick days, and help heal pain, soreness, and inflammation. Even if your entire shower isn’t cold, you should still consider having a portion of your shower cold, because the benefits are worth it.