Your morning can be easily overrun by snooze alarms, the background hum of breakfast TV and the general chaos of getting ready and out the door on time.
Take a look at our tips for kick starting a healthy morning routine and set yourself up for a calm, happy and productive day.
1. Boost your mood with the right music
The first thing you hear in the morning can set your mood for the day – so make it something nice. Find the perfect tune for getting up and active (hint: death metal will probably not work effectively) and enjoy it as you’re getting out of bed in the morning.
2. Eat breakfast
We’ve heard it time and time again – eating breakfast is the best way to kick start your metabolism and keeps your head from reverting back into a sleepy morning haze.
If you’re looking for something a little sweet to start your day, this recipe for chocolate banana protein pancakes should hit the spot nicely.
3. Get organised
Getting ready and out the door in the mornings can be a rush, and whether you notice it or not, there are a number of small things that can will stick in your mind and add to your stress levels throughout the day. These include:
- Unmade beds
- Messy kitchen
- Overflowing trash can
Nip them in the bud by clearing a few minutes of your morning to de-clutter and get organised. Your brain will thank you.
4.Let in natural light
Because let’s face it – nobody likes being awoken to the hum of a glowing fluorescent light. Open up your curtains and let your house soak up as much of the morning sun as possible, or enjoy a morning coffee on the balcony. This will help you relax and get your day started on the right foot.
5. Meditate (even if it’s for five minutes)
You don’t need to get up at the crack of dawn for this one. Meditation helps to lower your stress levels, increase your memory, aid in creative thinking and helps you to have better focus. Take five minutes out of your morning to find a quiet spot, block out any distractions and focus on your breathing.