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Early mornings and a good routine are habits that most successful people share with the routine part being the key. As we all know, anyone can get up early, but the morning is easily wasted without a good routine. Successful people pay attention to their mornings and establish a routine that they then follow. This sets them up for the day, and as we all know, a good start to the day usually makes for a great day.
By continually keeping to a routine and developing good life long habits, you will be setting yourself up to be more productive and successful in your life, whether it be business, family, health, or anything else. There are also many health benefits of being an early riser too. Research has indicated early risers appear to suffer less stress, increased energy, and improved sleep patterns.
6 ways to wake up the right way
After taking a look at successful people’s routines, we have found they have certain things in common. Such as waking up before 7 am every day and sticking to beneficial habits. So we have come up with a quick list of the top six ways to wake up the right way.
1. Take deep breaths
The first thing you should do in the morning is to sit up tall and take deep breaths through your nose. This gets the diaphragm moving and oxygen flowing through your body, it encompasses a feeling of calm ready for the day ahead. Try taking 30 deep breaths for maximum effect.
2. Drink a glass of water
Drinking a glass of room temperature water in the morning will help you wake up faster and feel more alert. A glass of water will boost your metabolism, ready for the day ahead, helping your body digest your food easier.
3. Show gratitude
While you are drinking your water, take this time to start a gratitude journal. Every morning write down at least three things you are grateful for. It has been scientifically proven that keeping a journal can have physiological benefits. As it helps remove all the toxic emotions such as hate, envy, regret, and replaces them with positivity and happiness.
4. Move your body early in the morning
Get up and move your body; this will get your heart pumping and the oxygen flowing. Go for a walk, jog, or do some yoga. It is not only good for your physical health but being active early in the morning also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
5. Seek out natural light
Your circadian rhythm, also known as your sleep/wake cycle, needs natural light. This internal clock runs in the back of everyone’s brain and keeps your body running in time. To wake the body up naturally and keep to a routine, you will need to enhance your natural light. When you wake up, open the curtains or even better, go outdoors and expose yourself to the sun’s light.
6. Eat breakfast
Eat a good breakfast high in nutrients. Steer clear of high sugar cereals and think more along the lines of oats, eggs, avocados, yogurt, fruit, and vegetables. It is also the ideal time of day to have a coffee if you enjoy one. Breakfast is also a great time to catch up with family if you can sit down together to enjoy your first meal of the day.
Don’t reach for your phone straight away
Many of us have developed the habit of reaching for our phones or looking at a screen first thing. These emit a blue light that can affect our hormone melatonin as well as alter our circadian rhythm. If you feel the need to read in a morning, grab a book or a newspaper. Reading encourages brain function, vocabulary, and concentration. So go ahead and read a few pages of something you find interesting.
So what’s stopping you?
Set your alarm for a time you are happy with and follow our six easy practices above. You will soon begin to feel the benefits, both mentally and physically. Plus, once you develop a good circadian rhythm, waking up will become a lot easier. If you need a little extra help with this, take a look at our fall asleep and wake up essential oil roll-ons.
Don’t forget to tag us in any of your new morning routine pictures at @surrender_to_happiness. And for more ideas and tips remember to check out our blog. Finally, if you need help getting to sleep, take a look at our tranquil sleep crystal grid and our sleepy lavender massage oil.