Essential Morning Rituals for a Productive Day

For some people, the AM can cause a great deal of anxiety and dread. The minute that morning light hits, total panic starts to creep in. You attempt to slow-mo the rotation of the earth by snoozing the alarm over and over, and then end up rushing out the door without breakfast. You do this time and again until eventually, you become one of those people who owns a mug that says “Don’t Talk To Me Until I’ve Had My Coffee.” Before you know it, you’re knee deep in a sunrise-hating downward spiral. The good news is that there is hope. By starting your day off with specific actions that give your mind and body what it needs, you too can become one of those rare “morning people.”The secret to becoming a morning person is moving through your morning with intention. It is nourishing yourself first mentally, physically and emotionally before anything else. It’s crucial to fill our own reserves before the day starts pulling in a thousand different directions. These morning staples are without a doubt the ultimate essentials for a productive day. Start your day by feeling grounded, energized and ready to take on the world..

Drink Water First
A tall glass of H20 first thing upon waking will give you a refreshing, hydrating boost from a night of sleep. Your body is naturally dehydrated after those 8 hours of glorious slumber and putting coffee in your stomach before anything else will further dehydrate you. A good night’s rest also gives your body the chance to do some much needed repairs, while clearing toxins and other unwanted materials. Without a proper flush, we’re hindering our body’s natural healing mechanisms. Your brain, your digestive system, your immune system, and your liver will thank you. Jazz it up with an extra detoxifying boost by infusing your water with lemon, turmeric or apple cider vinegar. Or pretend like you’re at a day spa and throw some mint and few slices of cucumber. Look at you living luxuriously!

Make Your Bed
Making your bed in the morning doesn’t just give you something nice to look at when you come home from a long day at work. It’s an effective mind hack that can set up the rest of your day for success. Just ask anyone in the military. Taking a few minutes to perfect those sheet corners gets your brain juiced up and ready to complete other tasks throughout the day. Not to mention, climbing into a crisply made bed at the end of a long work day is way more relaxing than coming home to a messy one. Taking the time to declutter your space for a stress-free arrival later is like giving your future self the gift of tranquility. More importantly, starting your day off with a sense of accomplishment, no matter how big or small, sets the tone for a day full of ass kicking and name taking.

Move Your Body
Not all of us have the bandwidth to go to a spin class at 8am. But your body has just been lying horizontally for an extended period of time, so giving it a little wiggle before heading out to your morning commute is definitely a best practice here. At the minimum, most of us give ourselves a good stretch right upon waking with not much else to activate our muscles, joints and internal organs. Whether it’s sun salutations or jumping jacks, spending just a little more time warming up these incredibly complex flesh vehicles really goes a long way. Like a faithful servant, our bodies do so much for us and are capable of amazing things. If we can give it a little TLC upon rising, we’re left with better posture, fewer aches and pains, increased blood flow and more energy to support achieving daily goals. Set a timer for 10 minutes to shake and stretch what your Mama gave ya!

Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
You just went 8 or so hours without eating or drinking anything, hence breaking the fast. What you put in your body first thing in the morning matters, especially when it comes to productivity. For work days, fueling up with the right amount of nutrients is necessary for staying on your A game. Keep things simple during the week or prep your meals the night before to reduce the chances of skipping out. And as a rule, if it can double as a dessert, it should not count as an early meal option. You need long-lasting sustenance to help you stay focused. Breakfast is now a non-negotiable, so be sure to keep those ripe bananas on deck!

Five Minutes of Meditation
No, you do not have to spend hours meditating to reap the benefits. It can be a bit counter-intuitive to close your eyes so soon after waking, but spending just a few moments sitting still and concentrating on your breath is akin to pressing the reset button. Do it just before you leave the house if doing it too soon after waking up just puts you right back to sleep. A few minutes of meditation in the morning can help clear the mental clutter and help us stay focused on bigger goals throughout the day. If your mind starts to wander off to your laundry list of obligations, meet that thought with a giant inhale or exhale. It will get done, but right now, this breath is for you. You deserve it.

We wanna know — What are some of YOUR morning rituals for success?

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