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.February 28, 2019 10:35 pm
1. Priming: Setting the mood for the day.
Priming is a great way to start your day off on a positive note and create a clear path for where you are headed. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “they look like they woke up on the wrong side of the bed today”. This phrase is slightly trivial but also brings up an interesting point. The first hour or so that we are awake sets the tone for the rest of the day. During this time your brain is in an extremely influential state and anything that happens has the ability to drastically impact your mood going forward. Priming is the practice of few strategic exercises that set you up to have a successful rest of your day.
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 breathe. As silly as this sounds, our breath is a powerful tool and a few intentional deep breaths can go a long way. Try being present it and focus only on your breath as you breathe in and out (inhale and exhale), drowning 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 ground your focus and create a clear intention for your day. Incorporating priming into your morning routine may not eliminate stress, but it will have less of a profound impact on your productivity and you will be able to more clearly see the big picture. For this to work in the long term, consistency is key. The same sounds, smells and feelings will inspire focus and clarity day by day.
2. Reading: Morning exercise for the brain.
Reading is an awesome way to stimulate your brain and get you ready the mental demands of daily life. By incorporating light reading into your morning routine, you can jump start your brain and feel more ready to think and solve problems. By the time you begin your work or school day, you will be ahead of the game with your brain in fifth gear. Now you can be ready to get a head-start on your daily workload and finish your day with more relaxation.
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3. Exercise: Kickstart the engine.
This one goes hand in hand with the mental exercise of morning reading. Physical exercise is also key for boosting mental capability. We are not saying that you need to spend hours working out every day to receive benefits, even a quick 10 to 15 minute workout can do wonders. If your objective is to improve overall fitness and feel more awake, there is no need to dedicate hours to working out. In fact, 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 is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Yes, your mother was right when she told you to never skip breakfast.
We could talk forever about why a healthy and balanced diet is essential, but will focus on the importance of breakfast for now. First, you need to hydrate in the mornings. Drinking a glass of water wakes up the immune system, 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 you can enjoy the mildly tangy taste. In addition to liquids, you must consume calories soon after waking up. A nutritious breakfast helps with mental clarity, kick starts your metabolism and can prevent sugar cravings later in the day. Why not try our delicious tigernut granola with Jerusalem artichoke and dark chocolate? It’s packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins, and goes so well with yogurt or nut milk.
5. Cold showers: Shock yourself into action.
Cold showers are a quick and effective way to get your day started. Of course, most of us prefer a soothing hot shower, but it turns out that enduring the discomfort of an ice cold shower actually have proven benefits both in the short and long term. It seems pretty obvious, but a cold shower can immediately improve your alertness. You may get in the shower feeling sluggish, but jump out ready to take on 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.
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