Whether it is a Monday or a Friday, starting the day wrongly could be very distressing. When you wake up, the last thing you want is to have the wrong footing to kick off the day because this will surely affect your mood for the whole day.
Best tips before you start
The most important you need to remember is that what you do first thing in the morning will make or break your day. So follow the guidelines below and see how it pans out so that it is as smooth as possible. No doubt there might be times when things do not go according to plan but if you are in the right frame of mind, it makes a whole lot of difference as it changes the way you walk, talk and treats others. So, let’s get on with what you could do in the morning before you start the day.
Go for lemon water
This is a very common tip. When you drink a glass of warm lemon water, your body starts its engine. This might be tough when you start as it can be quite sour. But once you get used to it, it becomes part and parcel of your daily practice. Among the benefits of drinking a glass of warm lemon water are:
- It gets your body going
- Prepares your digestive system
- It rehydrates your body after hours of not having water (when you are sleeping)
Waking up earlier
What you want is to have a bit of extra time in the morning. Change your working hours to about 15 to 30 minutes earlier in the morning. This means you get more time to do certain things. When you are rushing through your morning routine, you end up becoming disorientated. Since you need time to prepare your lemon drink and all, this would be a good time to change that routine and perhaps add something additional too like doing light exercise.
Brushing your teeth and scraping your tongue
A lot of people often disregard this while brushing. You should scrape your tongue thoroughly. Find a good scraper and get rid of the morning breath. It wakes you up as well and the food definitely tastes better. Scraping your tongue makes your gum fresher and you become more confident. It affects your mood considerably.
Stretching works wonders
Go for a short 10-minute walk in the Taman near your house. Do a simple stretching exercise and keep to that. It does not have to be a long session but it has to be consistent which means you now have to add this into your morning routine. But if the park is too far away, it might not be feasible. Hence, you might need to do simple stretching exercises in your own home like push-ups or sit-ups as recommended by MyHealth, My Life.
Get a Trampoline
This needs some investment. Jump on the trampoline about 100 times in the morning. It is good because it has zero impact and won’t hurt your knees. It helps with blood circulation too. If you are going to buy a trampoline, make sure you are buying one that is of good quality as you do not want it to break after using it for a short while.
Set the mood straight
In the morning, listen to some uplifting music. Prepare your playlist before you sleep and put it on when you work out or when you are driving to work. Nothing beats having good music while being stuck in traffic along Federal Highway.
Meditate and listen to yourself
Before you head to the bathroom and prepare for work, spend 10 minutes meditating and be still. Shut off the world and listen to yourself. Stay still and hear your breathing. This is the most basic way of meditation and it works wonders because you start the day by allowing yourself to immerse and be calm.
Get a healthy smoothie
You can do this at home with ingredients like kale, cucumber or green vege. Make a smoothie and drink it to enjoy its refreshing effects. They are rich in fiber and taste good too. Drink a glass of lemon water when you wake up and then prepare the smoothie. Go about with your exercises and when you are about to leave, spend 5 minutes enjoying this and you are good to go!
Now, you are ready for the day!