Being an effective early riser isn’t just about waking up before everyone else. It’s useless to wake up at a crazy early time if you are going to spend the day in front of the TV and doing nothing at all. Make the early morning awakenings productive- put yourself in a positive mindset and get important things done before everyone else. Start your day right by getting into some good habits. If you stick with these ten morning rituals you will ultimately reap major rewards:
SET YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK
The internal clock we all have controls our natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. Each of us has an individual sleep schedule which is closely connected with the release of melatonin. Melatonin helps sleep patterns and wake cycles. The melatonin levels usually rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop early in the morning. By sleeping over 9 hours higher level of melatonin is produced. In most cases, melatonin supplements are safe in low doses for short-term and long-term use. As a supplement, it should not be taken without doctor’s approval.
WAKE UP ON TIME
The next time your alarm goes off, get up without snoozing it. 5-10 extra by snoozing the alarm are pointless. Snoozing can lead to depression and anxiety.
Relax your body and muscles with a good morning stretch. Start stretching every day and you will stop being tired of waking up in the morning achy and constantly tight and sluggish.
START THE DAY RIGHT WITH EXERCISE
Prepare yourself for daily challenges by starting the day with a workout. The morning is the perfect time of the day to boost your energy. When some of the busiest people in the world can find time to workout, so can you!
DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Start your day with the most important meal, the breakfast. Boost your intake by eating iron-rich foods. The amount and type of iron you incorporate into your daily diet can help prevent anemia and may improve your energy level. For breakfast eat: dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach), peanut butter or beans, eggs, iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
DRINK LEMON WATER
Take a glass of lemon water instead of the morning cup of coffee. This will increase your energy, improve your digestion and metabolism, and suppress your appetite.
READ BEFORE BED
Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime, stop watching television and take a book instead. Get lost in someone else’s world for an hour or two before you get lost in your own dreams. Leave the techniology for the morning.
DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Wearing comfortable clothes makes brain thinks it’s time for relaxation. You should put on some fancy clothes and wear them with confidence.
MEDITATE AND ENJOY THE SOUND OF SILENCE
Life can get crazy. Try to start your day with only 5 minutes practicing mindfulness. While listening to relaxing music try to to meditate, envision your future success or reflect on what you’re grateful for.
DON’T SLEEP IN
In order to maintain functioning sleep schedule getting up at the same time every day is crucial. Do not make exceptions for the weekend.