Morning Routine: 5 Steps to Supercharge Your Mind and Body
Do you feel tired when you wake up in the mornings, and wish you could stay snuggled up under your duvet? You’re not alone — especially at this time of year.
A well thought out morning routine can make all the difference to your day. By taking the time to look after you before you get on with the rest of your day, you’ll feel energised, calm, and ready to take on the challenges ahead.
Your body will thank you for it too; a nourishing morning means you’ll be better equipped to make healthy choices throughout the rest of the day.
So, here’s a simple 5 step morning routine to help you feel your very best!
1. Get Up.
Do you ever wake up when your alarm goes off and then hit ‘snooze’ and hide your head under the covers — not quite sleeping, but not quite awake either? As much as those extra few minutes in bed might seem appealing, you’ll feel much better if you get up right away.
Sit up and spend a few moments feeling the connection between the soles of your feet and the floor beneath them.
Just 5 minutes of stretching as soon as you get out of bed will stimulate your metabolism and blood circulation, and give you a chance to ease out any aches or stiffness in your muscles. Don’t overthink it; move in any way that feels good. If you prefer a more structured stretching session, there are lots of 5 minute yoga videos available for free on YouTube.
3. Drink hot lemon water.
I’ll write more about the benefits of lemon water in another blog post — because it deserves the attention! But for now, head to the kitchen and heat the kettle. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a mug, and then fill with hot water. You can add honey to taste if you wish.
Drink it slowly; try to sit quietly and enjoy your lemon water without checking your phone or doing the laundry at the same time.
4. Read, watch or listen to something inspiring.
Instead of tapping straight into your email, take 5 minutes to absorb something that inspires you — whether it’s a page or two of a book you’re reading; an article online; a video or lecture, or a few minutes of an audiobook.
A little inspiration will instantly boost creativity and motivation.
5. Practice self-gratitude.
Now that you’re up, you’ve stretched, had your lemon water and taken in a touch of inspiration, it’s time to get ready for the day. Give yourself permission to enjoy this! Feel the water on your skin in the shower and say a little thank you to yourself as you moisturise your skin — a thank you for caring about your body and prioritising your wellbeing.