Some people call themselves a “morning person”, getting up with the sun, feeling energized and ready to start their day. Other people struggle in the morning, hitting the snooze button numerous times and then finally dragging themselves out of bed, only to feel drowsy and lethargic for the rest of the morning.
Top 6 Healthy Morning Rituals
If you are one of these people that finds it challenging to get up in the morning, perhaps just a change in routine could be your solution. There are some healthy morning rituals out there that you can practice that will not only help you wake up with more energy, but live a healthier life.
1. Get up at the same time every day
It’s tempting to stay up late at night and to sleep in on weekends, but the truth is you should try to balance your circadian rhythms by going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning. By doing this, even if you’re not a morning person, your body will eventually respond positively to the early wake up.
Consider waking up to an alarm sound that is a gentle and easy melody, as opposed to a loud and obnoxious sound. Further, listen to your body and get to know exactly how many hours of sleep you require per night. Some people can survive on less than seven hours, while others need nine or ten hours of sleep.
2. Drink a large glass of water with lemon
The room temperature lemon water will stimulate your metabolism and flush out the toxins that have been sitting in your body for the night. The lemon also provides an alkaline environment for your body, stimulates your digestive system and soothes your stomach first thing in the morning. Finally, water is essential for rehydration after the long night
3. Do yoga or stretching
While some people enjoy some vigorous exercise, such as a run or intense cardio in the morning, it can be beneficial to introduce even a small routine of stretching or yoga in the morning. Stretching can help to get your blood flowing and get your muscles limber in the morning. It also helps to awaken your mind and helps you focus for the day. Even 10 minutes will make a big difference.
Moreover, if you prefer a more intense exercise, do some sort of work out that involves jumping, such as rebounding or jumping jacks. The act of jumping up and down stimulates your lymphatic system, eliminating toxins, and helping your mind and body get energized for the day.
4. Try meditating or visualization
A short moment in silence and some affirmations can really help you to awaken your mind, body and spirit. Make sure that you meditate in a quiet, safe place where you won’t be interrupted so you can really concentrate on your thoughts.
5. Have a healthy breakfast
Another wonderful way to start your day out right is to fuel your body with a delicious and healthy breakfast. Consider making yourself a green smoothie, with ingredients that are full of antioxidants – try ingredients such as spinach, blueberries, flax and Chia seeds; all great additions to a delicious and healthy smoothie.
6. Write down your goals
Start your day properly by writing down your goals for the day. List what you would like to accomplish, your routine or plan, and any positive thoughts that would guide your day in the right direction. You can even include an affirmation, happy thought or joke to bring joy to your day. This can put a positive feeling into your day that will hopefully extend well into the evening, and eventually into your entire life.