Our morning time is quite precious – it offers a breathing space before we jump into the colourful outside world. I’ve found starting my mornings with the right tone makes a massive difference to my energy levels, productivity at work, and how I perceive the day ahead. We can linger in bed, aggressively hitting the alarm clock a few times before rushing out the door, stressed, to work (and who even has time for breakfast?), though this type of routine often takes a toll on us both mentally and physically, as rushing manifests stress, and stress impacts our health.
My morning routine consists of a few basic self-love habits – nothing too crazy or time-consuming – and I always feel calmer and more grounded when I start my day like this. Try, even just for a week, setting up a very simple, positive, morning routine. You’ll be surprised at how much more efficient you’ll feel when entering the day ahead.
Hydration. I am ALL for my morning coffee (that is a ritual in itself!), but water is always the first thing that enters my body when I wake up. As soon as I rise I head to the kitchen and enjoy a big glass of water. After not drinking overnight for 8 or so hours, we often wake dehydrated, which can make us feel tired and groggier than normal. Drinking water when you first rise is a great way to wake-up your metabolism and help your body flush out toxins. I recommend avoiding cold water as it can be quite shocking on our system first thing. Sometimes I’ll add a squeeze of lemon to my water to help aid liver detoxification and upcoming digestion, or I’ll have a herbal liver detox tea instead.
Steer clear of technology immediately upon wakening. For the longest time I’d wake up, roll over and mindlessly scroll through social media on my phone. With technology we’re hit with a bombardment of information, colour, and both good and bad news, and it can be over-stimulating, over-whelming and a time-consuming when we first wake up. Even seeing a build-up of emails from overnight can cause us to enter a state of panic! Technology tends to quicken the pace of the world around us – choosing to have a breathing space from it first thing in the morning helps slow everything down.
A nourishing breakfast. Starting our day with a wholesome breakfast means we’re starting our day with the nourishment we need to be our most efficient. Remember, our body needs nutrients to function at its best - not just physically, but mentally too. When we skip breakfast, we’re often setting our blood sugar levels for a disastrous day, and this habit can really affect our food choices for the coming morning (10am chocolate Danish pick-me-up anyone?).
Rise a little earlier. Waking up a little earlier gives us more time in the morning to really set ourselves up for the day. Even an extra half an hour can make a huge difference – think, a slightly longer shower where you can enjoy the warm water on your skin, a little more room to make something extra yummy for breakfast AND sit down and enjoy it, time to make sure you’ve got healthy nourishing food sorted for the day ahead and even some space for a little reading and mindfulness practise.
Go for a walk. I don’t always do this one, but I find a gentle walk in the morning sun is such a great way to start the day. I sit at a desk a lot for work, and taking the time to get a little activity into my morning helps keep my body feeling a little extra fluid throughout the day. Getting sunlight on our eyes first thing (as long as it’s not too bright!) is super effective at resetting our internal body clock – great if you’re an insomnia sufferer.