We all have those friends that seem to get up fresh as a daisy every morning, seemingly without effort and are able to perform from the get go. They have energy, enthusiasm and are full of life, whilst the rest of us struggle to even pour that first cup of espresso. How can we make the mornings better? Here are our top 5 tips.
1. Priming: Setting the mood for the day.
Priming is a brilliant way to start the day and send yourself down the right path. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “They look like they woke up on the wrong side of the bed today”. Well, whilst this may seem slightly trivial, it does highlight an interesting reality. When you wake up, your brain finds itself in an extremely influential state, meaning that events that occur for the first hour or so, have the ability to drastically impact your mood for the day. Priming allows you to use a few exercises to take control of that first part of the day, placing you in a state for success.
Now, we here at Erbology didn’t come up with this concept, but we do love it and have a few suggestions on how to fit it around a busy lifestyle.
Firstly, you need to take a few minutes to breath. Yes, I know we all do that all the time, but I mean really take a second and take some deep breaths. Be present in the moment and try to focus on only the inhales and exhales and drown out any other thoughts and sounds.
Next, you need to focus on your thoughts. Personally, I like to think of 5 things I’m grateful for, and 5 things I want to achieve, both long and short term. These positive thoughts will help set the path for the day. Stress will seem less intense, and goals will prove to be a little clearer. For this to work long term, its key to tailor your environment, consistently day by day. The same sounds, smells and feelings are key, because they will inspire the same focus and clarity day by day.
2. Reading: Morning exercise for the brain.
Indeed, reading is a brilliant way to wake up the brain in the morning. Especially if your job or daily routines are mentally demanding. Doing some light reading in the morning lets you wake your mind up slowly and allows you to begin the day with a running start. By the time you begin your work or study day, your brain will be warmed up and in fifth gear, when everyone else around you is trying to wake up. This will allow you to get a head-start on your daily workload, making the end of the day a little more relaxing.
"Win the morning ... win the day"
3. Exercise: Kickstart the engine.
This one follows the same principle as morning reading, however instead of just mental focus, this technique embodies a more physical inclination, whilst retaining its mental benefits. You of course don’t need to spend hours working out every day to receive benefits. In fact a quick 10 to 15 minute workout carries a great deal of benefits. If your objective is to increase fitness and wake yourself up, there is no need to dedicate hours. In addition to the fitness side of things, short workouts are tremendous producers of long lasting endorphins that noticeably improve mood, energy and productivity throughout the day.
4. Nutrition: Fuel yourself for success.
Here at Erbology, this is one topic of significant value. Starting the day with the correct nutrition carries tremendous importance, so yes your mother was right when she told you to never skip breakfast.
We could talk forever about all the benefits of a strong diet but we will keep it brief and stick to the breakfast. First you need to get hydrated. Drinking a glass of water wakes up the body, helps with fat loss and keeps energy levels up. Our founder, Irina Turcan, likes to add a spoonful of raw sea buckthorn powder and leave it overnight, so the water can absorb some of its benefits and get a mildly tangy taste. In addition to this, you need to get some calories in. A nutritious breakfast helps with mental clarity, kickstarts your metabolism and can stop you from attacking the biscuit tin early afternoon. Why not try our delicious tigernut granola with Jerusalem artichoke and dark chocolate? It’s packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins, and goes so well with yogurt or nut milk.
5. Cold showers: Shock yourself into action.
Cold showers are a great way to start the day whilst being pretty straightforward and ultimately effective. Of course, everyone loves a soothing hot shower in the morning but it turns out that suffering the pain of an ice cold shower can have some pretty great effects both short and long term. The most obvious is its immediate influence over your alertness. You quickly go from a sluggish morning ghoul to fifth gear, ready to win the day. Even better than this, cold showers have been proven to increase testosterone and decrease cortisone. The implications of this being energy and confidence increases alongside stress and anxiety decreases.
One last quick tip…
One quirky tip we recently read about is the benefits of making your bed. No, this is not your mother again. Seriously though, making your bed has great benefits. Not only does your room look a little tidier but it instills a sense of task completion in your head. The fact that you completed the first task of the day can assist in setting the tone for the day.