For many of us, mornings are a write-off. From the moment you reluctantly roll out of bed, it’s a mad scramble to get everything done before you have to leave the house.
But have you thought about what a relaxed, positive morning might mean for the rest of your day? We’ve had a think about it and come up with five simple steps that have the potential to transform your morning into a solid foundation for the rest of your day.
1. Move as slowly as you can
Slow, deliberate body movements can have a calming effect on your mind. When you rush, your mind rushes, too. Also, frantic movements are more likely to lead to accidents like spilt coffee, which make for a stressful start to the day. If you don’t feel like you have enough time to slow down, try waking up 15 minutes earlier.
2. 15 minutes of prep the night before
Prioritise what will eliminate the most hassle from your morning and spend 15 minutes doing that. It might be picking your outfit and laying it out, setting a timer on the coffee maker or gathering breakfast ingredients so that all you have to do is throw it in the smoothie or add a splash of milk.
3. Turn on some tunes
Make a morning playlist that sets a positive tone for the day. It doesn’t have to be all pep, just a few of the songs that make you feel good every time you listen to them. When you sit down to do it, make it nice and long so you won’t get sick of it too quickly!
4. How you wake up is key
Research shows that natural light is one of the best ways to get you into ‘awake’ mode. Sunlight has a powerful effect on your circadian rhythm, the physiological force that guides each 24 hour cycle of your body’s biological processes. In a way, light resets the rhythm for the next cycle. You should also consider swapping a loud alarm for a gentle one – soft music or natural sounds are great options. Waking up to a loud noise is a form of shock, which is never good for the body.