Let’s face it. Mornings can be tough. Whether you want to stay snuggled under the warm blanket or simply want to sleep longer, you need to get up eventually.
There are benefits to being the “early bird.” Becoming a morning person may be a challenge, but challenges can become opportunities. (Wouldn’t it be great to know that your workout is done before leaving for work and whatever fun things pop up for the evening you can do guilt-free?) A recent article by Motto, 5 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine, According to Experts, provides great suggestions.
Here are a few more:
- With the phone charging within arm’s reach on the nightstand, many of us find ourselves checking theSkimm, Instagram, the weather (?) before we have even lifted our head from the pillow. Put the phone down. Don’t allow yourself to get caught in that vicious cycle of flipping to see that next image or pin that next pin.
- Allow yourself a few minutes of “me time.” Mindfulness apps, such as Headspace, recommend practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes, at approximately the same time, in the same place each day. The morning is recommended.
- Stretch like a dog or a baby. No, seriously. Have you ever noticed how much your dog (or child) stretches when he/she first wakes up? There’s a reason: stretching improves muscle and joint flexibility, improves circulation and can help to reduce stress. Livestrong.com does a great job in explaining Why Do You Stretch After Sleeping?
What motivates you in the morning?