Whether you’re a morning person or not, I’m sure you’ve had those days where you wake up early, get everything on your morning routine wish list done, and by 10 am you’ve accomplished more than you do on a regular day. It feels pretty good doesn’t it? I think deep down we all secretly want to be morning people. If you’re like me, you’ll do anything to boost your energy in the morning so you can squeeze every possible minute out of your day.
It’s not that I’m not a morning person but I’m definitely a lot better at staying up late than I am at getting up early.
I often get it in my head that I’m going to start waking up early but as soon as my alarm goes off the next morning I regret everything. I get myself up with intentions of getting so much done, only to find myself in a sleepy haze for most of the morning.
Waking up early is only worth it if you’re actually productive. If you find yourself trying to write a blog post but keep writing the same sentence over and over because you’re brain is still asleep, you’re better off to just go back to sleep!
I’m here to tell you that your early morning don’t need to be snoozy! You can actually wake up, kick your butt into gear and actually get stuff done!
These simple morning habits will boost your energy and help you be so much more productive in the mornings:
Stretch it out
Kick off your early morning by getting your blood flowing.
When I have an early morning I find it way too easy to grab my computer and start trying to work from my nice warm bed. I stay in the same position and I start to feel myself doze off because realistically, my body is still asleep!
When your brain wakes up, you need to make sure your body gets the memo and starts waking up too or else you’ll find yourself in a mental fog all morning.
You’re going to want to make sure you’re at least actually getting out of bed shortly after waking up. Sometimes even just getting up and walking around is enough of a stretch for me. If you need something more, stretch it out!
Lay down a yoga mat or a blanket and have a seat on your floor. If you don’t stretch very often you can stick to basic stretches. Stretch your arms across your body, your legs out in front of you, your neck from side to side, etc. Maybe you’re looking for a little more and you want to go through a little confidence boosting yoga flow before you get to business.
As long as you’re moving and getting blood flowing through your body you can do whatever feels good to you.
Drink a big glass of water
After you get your body moving and that good energy flowing, wake up your insides with a nice big glass of water. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning helps get things moving and is a great way to start getting your hydration on before you even eat anything.
If you’re not a big fan of plain water, there are so many ways you can jazz it up! Try adding lemon or berries or even just having warm water can be jazzy enough. If you’re super adventurous, try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, depending on your tolerance to it). Apple cider vinegar can aid digestion and help keep your energy up all day.
However you prefer it, getting down a glass of water first thing in the morning can really help boost your energy overall and help you sustain that energy all day.
Take a minute to be quiet
You might think that trying to meditate just after waking up will send you right back into dreamland but it can actually do just the opposite. Allowing yourself time to sit and spend a moment with your thoughts is the perfect way to start your day and can give the boost of energy you need to jump start your day.
When I meditate I often practice a form of meditation called transcendental meditation. It’s a way of letting your mind settle down to a very calm state of rest. It focuses more on letting your mind “digest” your thoughts rather than pushing them out of your head. When I first learnt about this type of meditation I was told that a 20 minute meditation session is like getting a couple hours of sleep. It’s the ultimate power nap!
Try sitting in a comfortable position with your hands together on your lap. Close your eyes. Take 3 deep breaths and from there let yourself relax. I always like to think of this time as time for my mind to digest my thoughts from the day. When a thought comes into your mind, don’t push it out. Let it pass as if it was a cloud passing through the sky. You can acknowledge it but then let it pass.
I always find time passes so fast when I do this meditation. Before I know it my time is up. I usually set an alarm for 20 minutes. If you’re new to meditation start at 5 minute and work your way up. Don’t worry about falling back asleep. If you happen to fall back asleep then it’s a sign from your body that it needed the time to sleep but you’ll have your alarm to keep you from sleeping all day.
After your quiet time you’ll feel clear-minded and energized and ready to take on the day!
Take a shot
So I know happy hour isn’t until later in the day but taking shots in the morning can really help boost your energy!
OK so maybe not the alcoholic kind of shots. I’m talking about healthy shots!
There are so many different shots you can take to really boost your energy from turmeric tonics to wheatgrass shots. Some shots don’t necessarily taste the best but they work wonders for your energy levels and overall health.
Wheatgrass shots are packed full of vitamins and minerals, protein and chlorophyll. They’re a super great source of quick energy which is perfect for early mornings!
My current shot of choice is a turmeric tonic made with turmeric, ginger, and sour cherries. I love it! The strong flavour alone is like a really good punch in the face that makes me feel super energized and ready to take on the day!
What time do you wake up in the morning? What’s on your morning routine wish list?