These colder mornings can be rough - and waking up in the dark of winter can make it even more difficult to get out of bed and start your day. However, establishing a morning routine that works for you can make it easier to get up and start your day off right, give you a little pep in your step, and work to create sustained energy throughout your day.
Before you begin incorporating new aspects to your energizing morning routine, think about how you want to feel after your morning ritual: do you need a moment to centre yourself and promote feelings of calmness? Or do you need an energy boost to get your day started? Thinking about how you currently feel and want to feel during the morning will help you to create a healthy morning routine that works for you.
Here are our tips to creating an energizing morning routine.
Set Your Alarm Earlier
Although it seems rather counterintuitive when you’re feeling exhausted, an earlier wake-up call can give you more time to ease into your day, helping you to get energized. It also allows you to take time to focus on yourself and your healthy morning routine before you jump into the demands of your day. If you’re not a morning person, this may seem like a difficult task, so don’t be afraid to go about it gradually. Just setting your alarm 10 to 15 minutes earlier can help to give yourself a bit of extra time in the morning so you're not rushing out the door, eating breakfast on the go and starting your day in a stressful way.
Support Yourself with Good Nutrition
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is the first opportunity you have during the day to get some good nutrients in your body to support your wellness and energy. A great goal for breakfast is to get a balance of whole grains, protein, and fruit, whether it’s from oatmeal with some nuts and berries, or a smoothie with nut butter, flax, and fruit. Our yummy PB&J Smoothie Bowl with Little Tucker Peanut Butter Energy Balls are our go-to for a balanced breakfast. Or if you’re on the go, our Dark Chocolate Espresso Energy Balls are great to nibble on while you drop the kids off at school or get ready for a Zoom meeting: they’ve already got the caffeinated coffee boost you might need in them, plus have cacao nibs and maca powder for a sustained energy boost and a great blend of protein, whole grains, and healthy fats to give your body what it needs.
When we’re asleep all night, we’re not eating or drinking, which means our bodies need hydration once we wake up! Although your first inclination might be to turn to a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea for that boost of energy, drinking a glass of water first can help to naturally boost your energy levels while also promoting good digestion. A glass of ice water can give you more of a kick, but warm water is also hydrating if you’re needing a more cozy sip as you wake up. Add some lemon for extra aid in digestion!
Practice Happy Habits
When we wake up, our minds often go to thinking about what we need to get done that day. And if you’re not looking forward to what you have planned, it can be difficult to get going. Doing something that you enjoy right away can help you to start your day off on a positive note. If you don’t have a happy-inducing hobby that you want to incorporate into your energizing morning routine, try throwing on a mood-boosting playlist while you get breakfast ready for the day or take a few minutes to write down things you’re grateful for as you sip your morning coffee. Try avoid your phone and emails for the first little while!
Use Mood-Boosting Aromatherapy
Scent can have such a powerful effect on our mood and create a positive and energizing atmosphere. Diffusing uplifting essential oils like bergamot, grapefruit, orange, spearmint, and balsam fir can help to awaken your mind and body as you begin your day. If you’re not one for essential oils, look for bath and body products that give you a boost that you can incorporate into your daily morning routine, such as a peppermint-scented conditioner, a coffee body scrub, or an orange-scented lip balm.
Brighten Things Up
If the first light that you see during the day is the light from your phone or computer, you’re not doing your body any favours in getting going with your day. Morning daylight can help to naturally boost your mood while helping to ensure your wake/sleep cycle stays in check, so you’re able to get a better night’s sleep and feel more energized the next day. If you’re able, opening your blinds or taking a walk outside is a great way to get this natural light exposure. But, if you’re unable to head outside or the days are dark and dreary, a daylight lamp can be a great option. There are even natural light alarm clocks that wake you up similar to how a sunrise would, which makes it easier to transition into your day.
Affirmations and Intentions
Words can be powerful, and the way that you want to start your day is individual to you. Research has shown that a lot of our thoughts can be negative and that practicing positive thoughts can help to train your brain to focus on the good things, which can make it easier to get energized and motivated for the day ahead. Think about how you want to feel, and create simple “I…” statements that reflect this, such as “I am capable”, “I will forgive myself for any mistakes I make today,” or “I will create a safe environment for myself”, or “I will listen to what I need”. Repeating these affirmations to yourself as you begin your day, writing them in your journal, or placing them somewhere you can see them such as on your bathroom mirror or by your desk can be a great way to add a boost to your day. If you’re not feeling the affirmations, setting intentions can help incorporate similar positive energy into your energizing morning routine. Take time to think about what you want to focus on that day, that week, that month, or that season, and focus on it each morning.
Move Your Body
Movement is a natural mood-booster. Because workouts have also been shown to help increase energy and improve your focus if you struggle to get energized in the morning, switching your workout to earlier in the day can be a good choice. If you find that you’re not ready for an intense workout come morning, even a gentle walk, some easy yoga, or a few soothing stretches can help to loosen up your body and get your mind prepped for the day ahead.
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