It is all too easy to wake up every morning with only enough time to do the essentials. If you are like me, every minute is designated to getting ready for the day with little wiggle room for deviation. This plan makes my morning super stressful and unproductive.
We have all heard the saying “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.” Mornings are often an indication of how the rest of our day will be. Rushing in the mornings sets up our whole day to be filled with anxiety, stress and forgetfulness. By waking up just 30 minutes earlier, you can dramatically improve your entire day!
How to get the most out of your early mornings:
Drink a glass of water. Sleeping for hours can dehydrate you, making it even more difficult to wake up and get going. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning rehydrates your body and helps you feel more awake!
Stretch. When you’re rushing to get ready you don’t have time to get your body prepared for the day. Rising 30 minutes earlier gives you plenty of time to stretch your muscles. This enhances blood flow, boosts energy and improves your posture throughout the entire day.
Indulge in a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee and tea have become on the go items, and are no longer served in charming cups and cozy mugs. Early mornings give you the chance to sip slowly and appreciate the warm comfort.
Make a delicious breakfast. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if so, making time for it should be a priority. Reward yourself for getting up early by indulging in a delicious breakfast full of nutrients that gives you energy and helps you stay fuller longer.
Listen to your favorite song. While you are getting ready, wake up with your favorite song. An upbeat tune can jumpstart your morning and give an incredible boost of happiness.
Although it may already seem nearly impossible to get up in the mornings, just remember: The loss of 30 minutes of sleep is rarely felt, but rising 30 minutes early can offer tremendous advantages to your emotional, physical and mental health.