Guest post by Andrew Turner
A great morning is the foundation of a great day, so it’s important to get into the habit of keeping yourself fresh, energized, and stress-free even before your day starts. However, this easier said than done – most of us still struggle keeping ourselves ready and prepared to face the day.
While developing a morning routine sounds challenging, it’s not rocket science – it is surprisingly simple and doable by everyone, whether you’re a morning person or not. To help you reduce stress and keep you fresh, productive, and focused (not only in the morning but for the rest of your day), here are some of the best things you can try:
Get enough sleep
What best way to keep you feeling and looking fresh in the morning than getting a full night’s rest! Even as adults, you need your 7 to 8 hours of sleep to function at your best in the morning. Getting your 7-8 hours a night, according to experts, helps boost your immune system, prevents diseases, relieves stress, and even helps you manage your weight more effectively. However, anything more than 8 hours of sleep is counterintuitive and may make you even more sluggish during the day, so make sure that you’re sleeping within the healthy 7 to 8-hour range.
Jumpstart your metabolism in the morning by drinking a glass of water after you wake up (and on an empty stomach). Drinking water on an empty stomach will help you feel more energized and less hungry as you go through your day. And don’t forget to drink up throughout the day – make sure you drink more than 8 glasses (330 mL) of water a day to stay hydrated, cool, and feeling fresh.
Get a good breakfast
Don’t skip breakfast – make sure to load up on good food before you start your day. Have a healthy, well-balanced meal (with fruits, vegetables, and protein) so you’ll have all the energy you need for your activities, feel full, and won’t have the urge to binge later on.
Besides getting a good breakfast, make sure to take vitamins and supplements to help fill in your nutritional gaps. Since you can’t get every vitamin and mineral in the food you eat, you need to take your supplements regularly, especially as you’re getting older.
Exercise is one of the best ways to keep you feeling fresh in the morning. Exercise gives you more energy, helps you sweat out toxins, and release endorphins that make you feel happy. The benefits of exercise are virtually limitless – from helping you stay fit and healthy, to helping you live longer and keeping you stress-free, that’s why you should dedicate at least 30 minutes of your day for a workout, whether walking, running, yoga, pilates, or Zumba.
Wake up early
Want to stay fresh in the morning? Sleep early and wake up early. Early risers are more in control of their day and have more time to plan for their activities than those who wake up late. You’ll feel more fresh, focused, and productive if you rise early, that’s why successful people like Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, and Richard Branson (to name a few) wake up before 5 am.
Experiment with essential oils
Some essential oils are known for their happy hormone-boosting capabilities, that’s why they are becoming more and more popular with individuals who are looking for natural ways to relax or feel energized throughout the day. You can experiment with essential oils to see what scents work best for you – for instance, if you want to feel refreshed any time of the day, you can diffuse peppermint oil in your home or office.
While you may find some of these tips foreign to you (like for instance, waking up early or getting a full sleep), with the right motivation and constant practice, you’ll get there. Add these simple steps in your daily routine to help you feel fresh, energized, and focused all day long!
1. "The Science of Sleep: Why You Need 7 to 8 Hours a Night - Healthline." https://www.healthline.com/health/science-sleep-why-you-need-7-8-hours-night. Accessed 20 Aug. 2018.
2. "Zumba - Wikipedia." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumba. Accessed 20 Aug. 2018.