Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? There are two camps of people: morning people and night owls. For the former, mornings can make or break them, setting the tone for the rest of the day.
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, dragging yourself to the coffee maker, and rushing out the door—the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well? While it’s totally normal to not love mornings, starting your day off positively is actually very important.
Creating good morning habits doesn't necessarily mean you have to start the day with a 6 a.m. HIIT class - there are little things you can do to kickstart the day with positivity.
Hold the phone
With our ‘always on’ lifestyles, it’s a common habit to reach for your phone first thing in the morning. Whether it’s checking emails or scrolling mindlessly through social media, it’s one of the worst habits you can do on waking. Why? You are immediately stimulating a stressed mindset, rather than one of calm and control. Try to give yourself at least an hour at the start of your day where you’re detached from your phone and embracing the present moment.
Just add water
Drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. The Ayurvedic technique of adding lemon to a warm glass of water helps remove toxins from your digestive tract that may have built up overnight, provides a good source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, supports weight loss, and stimulates metabolism and digestion.
Break a sweat
Add an active component to your morning routine and you’ll reap the benefits for the rest of your day. Fitting in some exercise first thing gives you energy and gets your blood circulating (hello glowing skin!), as well as releasing those feelgood endorphins for a positive mindset.
BUT - choose mindful movement over obligation
Where many often fail on the morning exercise front is their perspective and the movement they choose. Experts recommend choosing regular, mindful movement over exhaustive exercise sessions. Instead of viewing your workouts as obligatory forms of exercise, shift your mindset, find a workout that you look forward to instead of dread, and most importantly, listen to your body.
Some days you might have the energy for a heart-pumping sweat session, while others a peaceful walk with your partner is all you feel like. By committing to mindful movement every day, you’ll be able to redefine your outlook on exercise and see results.
Make your bed
Author and podcast host Tim Ferriss has interviewed more than a hundred highly successful people and always asks, “how do you start your morning?” The most common answer: “making my bed.” It may seem like a waste of time, but making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning that makes you feel productive.
Don’t skimp on selfcare. While it may seem frivolous, putting time and effort into your complexion helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” you’ll feel more assured and ready to tackle to the day. May we suggest the re.skin two-step system? An inside out approach with just one supplement and one serum, it’s all too easy to integrate into your morning 😉
Start your morning the night before
There’s nothing worse than trying to decide on an outfit while still shaking off sleep. Make mornings a breeze by pre-planning as much as possible the night before, like laying out your outfit for tomorrow or packing your work lunch.