Start the Day Off Right With These 4 Routines

Don't let a groggy morning drag down your day. Instead, incorporate some new daily habits that make the early hours more enjoyable. Check out these routines that will help you start the day off right.

Let Light In

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Before turning in each night, do you close all the blinds and curtains in your home? This simple habit could be making your mornings rougher because you're going from extreme darkness to bright sunlight. 

Instead, try leaving your shades cracked. You don't have to keep them all open, but allowing some light to come in naturally will help ease your transition into the day. If that's not an option, consider getting a sunrise alarm clock that brightens slowly to wake you up.

Stay Unplugged

If you immediately start answering emails, checking the news, or scrolling through social media feeds, it can start your day off with a twinge of anxiety or make you feel rushed to get going. Keep the first minutes after you wake up technology-free so you can begin the day feeling relaxed. 
Consider getting a separate alarm clock rather than using the alarm on your phone so you aren't looking at a screen right away. Then, create a tech-free morning routine that sets the tone for a great day. Get a programmable thermostat so you can wake up to the perfect temperature, then sit down with your coffee or a healthy breakfast. Read a few pages of a book, write in your journal, listen to music, meditate, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet before the day begins.

Get Moving

Exercise in the morning is linked to enhanced mental performance. By moving your body shortly after getting out of bed, you'll be able to start the day with a clearer mind and ready to take on your work, errands, or other activities.

You don't have to squeeze an entire workout routine into your morning to reap the benefits of early exercise. In fact, just 10 minutes of movement is enough to get your mind working more efficiently. 

Consider exercises that are easy to complete in a short period, such as a brisk walk around the block, a 10-minute yoga session, or even just some pushups or situps.

Freshen Up

If you've always been someone who showers at night, it might be time to rethink your routine. A morning shower can be a great way to improve your circulation at the beginning of the day. It can also perk you up if you're still feeling sleepy. For the best results, try taking a cold shower. A chilly temperature is more effective at boosting your central nervous system, stimulating the adrenal glands, and increasing blood flow.

With a few small changes to your daily routine, mornings can feel much more enjoyable. You might even find these early hours to be your favorite part of the day once you try these tips. Consider adopting one or more of these changes to make your mornings relaxing rather than rushed.

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