When the sun comes up, your eyes open, and the day has started, what do you do? Do you hit the snooze button on your alarm for a little extra sleep? Or do you pop out of bed, ready to face the world? The truth is, how you start your morning is detrimental to how your day will go. Having a healthy morning routine can make your day go so much smoother. It can also make you feel better physically and mentally. So what are some good things to add to your morning routine?
Make your bed:
A lot of us dread doing this. However, it’s a simple way to start your day with something productive. Doing a quick and simple, practically mindless task to start your day puts you into a productive mindset. Plus, having a clean room is an excellent and easy way to improve your mental health. It’s a small task but a big reward. Try adding it to your morning routine.
Your body may be feeling good already depending on how you slept, but stretching your body out will help it feel even better. You will get rid of any tension and stiffness that your body has from laying down multiple hours. It also doubles down as a small form of exercise, which is another excellent thing to have in your morning routine.
Let the sun in:
If you’re someone who likes their room dark or you use blackout curtains to keep out the sunlight in the morning, it’s important to open them up as soon as you get up. Sunlight needs to be a big part of your morning routine. It improves your mental health and your physical health by giving you vitamin D.
This one probably sounds like a given, but it’s an important reminder nonetheless. Eating healthy all the time should be the goal, but we understand that isn’t always realistic. So instead, make it a point to at least make your breakfast as healthy as possible. The first step in that is to drink lots of water. The next step is to add some healthy breakfast foods. Eggs, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, green tea, protein shake (health smoothie), and fruits are all solid options when it comes to breakfast. Eating healthy will give you the proper energy to make it through your day while also improving your mental health by giving you the right nutrients for your brain to be happy.
Practice good hygiene:
Taking care of your body with good hygiene is another simple and easy thing to add to your morning routine. Try taking a cold shower in the mornings. It’s going to be uncomfortable at first, but it’s a great way to spark some extra energy in your body in the morning. Taking a warm shower tends to relax our muscles, so it will oftentimes make you just want to crawl back into bed. However, a cold shower is like a jolt of energy. Plus, it will make you want to get out of the shower quicker. Additionally, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and put on some cleans clothes for your day. Doing all these things during your morning routine can dramatically change your energy levels, confidence, and how you feel about these often dreadful mornings.