I’ve been working on making a concerted effort to have more successful mornings lately, and so far, it’s going pretty well! Forbes shares that successful people have their day mapped out within the first hour of being awake, and while I’m not that prepared in the morning, here’s what I’ve started doing to make sure my day starts better than ever!
1) Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up
I read this article last year about the incredible benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach. When you think about the fact that you’re not drinking anything for those 7-8 hours you’re asleep, it makes you realize how truly dehydrated we must be when we wake up! There are tons of researched advantages to drinking water in the morning, but I just do it because it makes me feel like I’ve started the day off on the right foot!
2) Don’t grab technology right away
I have a really bad habit of grabbing my phone within the first few minutes of waking up, and I want to kill that routine. According to a mobile testing firm, 84% of smartphone users check an app first thing in the morning! Crazy. Instead, think about what kind of day it will be, plan out meals or work, or go shower and get ready, then check your tech. It’s a small difference, but can start the day stress-free, which helps your mental health! You’ll have plenty of time to catch up on all that buzz-kill news throughout the day. :)
3) Do 10 push-ups
Push-ups are the fastest, sharpest way to get blood flowing for your day. They require no equipment, and you’ll see the arm and back toning difference in no time!
4) Make your bed
If you haven’t seen this video about why it’s so important to make your bed, do yourself a favor and click play now! This routine helps your mental health and prepares you for a strong day.
5) Pack your lunch
Although I try to pack my lunch before I go to bed every night, my point is that this should be part of your routine before work! I pack my lunch almost every day, and I have since I started in the work field. I save tons of money (think $10 out to lunch each day x 5 = $50 a week which can lead to almost $2000 a year!), eat healthier, and I don’t stress about what to do for lunch, since it’s already there waiting for me at noon.
27 Awesome Easy Lunches to Bring to Work
6) Do wall squats while you brush your teeth
Ha! This is my favorite. Although two minutes of wall squats doesn’t constitute as a workout, every little bit helps.
7) GREEN SMOOTHIE!
You know I had to include this one. I start every single day with a smoothie. I always include some sort of greens; spinach, kale, celery, romaine, or all of the above, frozen or fresh fruits, almond milk, and wheat germ. Green smoothies are a great way to start the morning, and research proves that you should drink them on an empty stomach so your body is able to absorb and digest all of the nutrients without other food getting in the way. Read about my favorite Cherry Super Smoothie here!
How do you start your day off successfully??