Fact: Early risers are happier and more positive than those who tend to hit the snooze button one too many times.
Realistically, it’s not easy to be the early bird—in fact, it’s pretty difficult. By adding these 5 simple routines to your morning (Or, even just 1!), you’ll have a more balanced and zen day.
+Morning Meditation: Set your intentions
Instead of grabbing your phone, opt to wake your brain with morning meditation. If you haven’t meditated before, or aren’t ready to start just yet, set an intention for your day by thinking of 5 things you’re grateful for. There is no concrete method when it comes to setting intentions. All you have to do is take a moment to close your eyes and reflect; the rest comes naturally. If you can’t resist the urge to check your device, try downloading a meditation app. You can program it to send a push notification around the time you wake up—a gentle reminder to make your morning about you and your well-being.
+ Hydrate: Inside and out
Keep water by your bed. Hydrating when you wake up is crucial for improved brain and metabolic function. A dehydrated brain actually shrinks due to lack of water, and it has to work harder to accomplish the same as a hydrated brain. Plus, our skin craves the same hydration as our insides. A hydrated face will improve skin elasticity and minimize the appearance of wrinkles (bonus!).
+ Nourishment: Boost your power
Make your morning meal count. A breakfast rich in proteins and nutrients is key to stabilizing blood sugar and boosting brain power. Greek yogurt, nuts, eggs, and oats are just a few of the many foods that support cognitive function and improve memory.
+ Exercise: Look good, feel good
Get it done! Much like a nutritious breakfast, morning workouts help to jumpstart your metabolism. Skip the extra 30 minutes in bed and put your body into calorie-burning mode by opting for an a.m. hot yoga flow or spin class. If the physical benefits aren’t convincing enough, we’re here to tell you that morning exercise has an incredible impact on your overall mood. Exercise is a trigger that releases endorphins, our body’s “built-in” source of happy.
+ Music and Sound: Find your inspiration
Add a new podcast or playlist to your morning routine to spark joy, creativity, or just wake up your brain. Take a few moments to browse what’s out there, or take suggestions from friends and family.