Whether you’re a morning person or you enjoy sleeping in, you probably have a morning routine. If you’re looking to start off your morning even better, here are a few things you might want to add to your daily routine.
When you first wake up, there are probably a billion thoughts running through your mind. Taking the time to put these thoughts onto paper can free up space to think about what you need to do during the day. Not to mention that journaling first thing in the morning is a great way to wake yourself up. This is also a great time to write down things you’re thankful for and what your goals are for the day.
- Get out of bed and stretch
Stretching helps to increase blood flow and reduce aches throughout the day while also energizing your body. The American Heart Association suggests stretching when your muscles are warmed up. So instead of stretching in your bed, get out of bed to let your muscles warm up a bit and then stretch out your body.
- Avoid your cell phone
Do you check your phone almost immediately after you wake up? If you do, you are part of the majority. Though this is a common habit, it can negatively affect the rest of your day. Your brain is very impressionable when you first wake up, seeing something upsetting on social media can put you in a bad mood that will carry on throughout the day. Instead, take the first 30 minutes after you wake up to set a positive tone for your day.
- Drink a glass of lemon water
Adding lemon to your water in the morning is a low cost and simple way to improve your health. Drinking a glass of lemon water before breakfast will help aid in digestion and can help avoid bloating. It also helps to reduce blemishes and energizes the body first thing in the morning. So next time you stop at the store, pick up some lemons!
- Make your bed
Though it may seem more favorable in the moment to ignore your messy bed, taking the time to tidy it up will start off the day on a productive note and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards. Finishing such a small task that could be easily forgotten encourages you to do the little tasks that you often ignore throughout the day. This is all made better when you come home after a long productive day to your nicely made bed.