I am not a morning person. At all. I like the idea of it; I love sunrises. But the act of being a morning person is something I cannot quite bring myself to master. That being said, I do have some things that help me function when I need to get my day going.
Here are my five favorite things:
1. Drink a glass of water.
This might sound trivial but do not underestimate the amazing benefits of drinking water. I always take a water bottle to bed with me and in the morning, before I even get out of bed, I try to finish whatever is left. That usually averages about 10 ounces. It’s amazing what those few ounces can do for my energy! Not to mention it’s other health benefits such as aiding in digestion, fast-tracking your water intake and getting your body jump started.
It helps if you have a good water bottle. With hundreds of options, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. I prefer glass bottles with fliptop lids like this one: Zulu Atlas Glass Water Bottle with Flip Lid, Purple, 20 oz
2. Make your bed.
I cannot start my day without doing this one thing. If your mom made you make your bed in the morning then you know what I mean. I have tried just shutting the door to my bedroom. It doesn’t work. It must be made. Once that is out-of-the-way, I can move on to bigger things.
I’m not even referring to a full workout here. A couple of minutes a day are all it takes to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. There are plenty of apps out there that offer a short workout with effective results. Jumping jacks, running in place, anything will work, you just want to get your body moving.
If you prefer a more intense workout, this one is by far my favorite: Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred. Only 20 mins a day and I saw results faster with this program than with any others I’ve tried. Love this one!
4. Get dressed.
Just like making the bed, getting dressed triggers your mind that it’s time to start the day. If you need to completely get ready by doing your hair, make-up, brushing your teeth, go for it. But if the only thing you accomplish is getting dressed, good for you! (Don’t forget shoes, it really does make a difference.)
5. Have a good breakfast.
As much as I am not a morning person, I am not a breakfast person, either. Unless I have been up for at least an hour. I have to be fully awake for my stomach to register it’s hungry. That being said, eating breakfast is essential to pulling off an accomplished day and I know it, no matter what kind of “person” I am. Your body needs its fuel. Even if it’s just toast, try to eat something. (And put some peanut butter on it!)
What are some things you do to help start your day?