The way you start your morning has the power to set the tone for the rest of the day. We know that January can be one of the hardest months of the year, so we have pulled together 4 ways for you to improve your mornings and leave you feeling ready for the day ahead! Drink Water While you sleep your body goes for almost 8 hours without any water meaning when you wake up your body is dehydrated. Have a large glass of water, hot or cold, with a slice of lemon to rehydrate as soon as you wake. This will help to spike energy levels physically and mentally and give you a steady, natural energy source that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach.
ExerciseSchedule some ‘me time’ in the mornings before you begin the rest of your day. 10 minute meditation, 20 minute HIIT workout or a 30 minute yoga sequence can have a really positive effect on your mindset. By committing to exercise first thing, you are more likely to fit it in rather than make an excuse not to do it later in the day. This will also help to set you up by improving energy levels, positivity and productivity throughout the rest of the day.
Try this 10 minute meditation routine:
Get comfortable by sitting crossed-legged on a cushion or in a chair with your feet planted on the ground and set a timer for 10 minutes.
Let your hands rest on your knees.
Sit tall, allow your spine to lengthen, keep your shoulders relaxed, and let your chin fall slightly forward.
Either close your eyes or allow your gaze to rest a few feet in front of you on the ground.
Allow yourself to breathe normally.
As you breathe in, think about your breath moving from your nostrils, down into your lungs, and into your belly.
When you breathe out, track your breath moving back out of your body.
If you catch your mind drifting, focus back on your breathing.
Make Your Bed Before You Leave the HouseMaking your bed in the morning encourages other good behaviours throughout the rest of the day. This is correlated with better productivity and a greater sense of wellbeing; those initial actions start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold. It sounds like a small task, but it will have a huge impact when you arrive home at the end of a long day.
Have a Balanced BreakfastA breakfast consisting of protein and complex carbohydrates such as the Slender Porridge helps with brain function and balancing energy levels. By choosing a breakfast such as porridge, which contains essential food groups to provide the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast, and combining it with a source of protein will help you feel fuller for longer and make better food choices throughout the day. Add the Slender Porridge to your morning routine with this quick and easy recipe: 150ml almond milk, unsweetened 1 banana, chopped 5 scoops Slender Porridge ½ tbsp. cacao nibs / 2 squares dark chocolate, grated Add 150ml of almond milk to 50g (5 scoops) of slender porridge. Microwave for 90 seconds.
In the meantime, slice banana into even slices.
Once heated, stir porridge until you reach desired consistency then add banana, sprinkle cacao nibs OR grated dark chocolate. Serve. Top tip:Top tip: Morning routines start the night before! Eliminating morning decision making can help your whole day run smoother. Plan out the next day’s tasks, lay out your clothes, pack your bag, prepare your breakfast… all of these are good ways to keep your morning stress free!