I LOVE mornings. From the sunlight peaking through my blinds to the birds chirping nonstop outside, I love everything about the start of a new day. To start my day strong and positive, there are a few tricks I try to incorporate to my daily routine. (Though I do get lazy sometimes and could miss a thing or two) These help make me more motivated to get the day started.
Play your morning playlist
This is honestly a game changer. There’s nothing better than waking up to uplifting, chill music. I play a morning playlist from Spotify after I turn off the alarm on my phone. It helps wake me up, get my mood pumping, and makes me feel like I’m in a popular Youtube morning routine video.
Drink some water
My goodness. I never realize how dry my mouth is when I wake up, until I started drinking water every morning. Dehydration can affect you more than you think. This article from The Conversation states that dehydration can negatively impact your mood, attention, and memory. It can even cause headaches. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want that. Nowadays I fill up my bottle the night before and keep it besides my bed, so I can drink it when I wake up.
Stretch those muscles
You know those memes that show a 20-something y.o having back pain? Yeah that’s me. I first started stretching because I have to, but now I do it because it relieves the muscle tensions and stiffness I get from sleeping, and it prepares my body for the day. Usually I do a quick 5-10 minute stretch in my bed.
Get those essential oils going
I’ll have to be honest – I don’t do this everyday cause it takes more effort than the other tricks, and I only do it in the weekend when I don’t have to leave for work. BUT when I do use my diffuser, my morning feels amazing. Essential oils get me energized and certain oils lift my mood without fail (YAS for lemon and peppermint). I do a slightly different blend depending on how my mind and body feel that day.
1-minute cold shower
If you’re a night shower-er, then this will be less relevant for you. If you’re a morning shower kind-of gal, then high 5 because I am too! I find it helps wake my body up and refreshes my mind. Recently I learned that doing a few minute of cold water rinse has notable health benefits. According to Healthline, cold showers can increase endorphins, improve circulation, help fight off common illnesses, and more. Long cold showers is still too hard for me, so I do a compromise of 30 seconds to a minute. I’ll eventually work up my duration.
Make your cozy bed
I used to HATE making my bed. It made negative sense to me that you would spend time putting something together, knowing you will mess it up again at night. But ever since I started pinning cozy bedroom photos on Pinterest, I’m now obsessed with making my bed every morning. Making my bed sets the day off productive.
So here they are – my little secrets to starting the morning right! These really helped me feeling positive right from the start and I hope these can help you too. If you also have your own morning secrets, please share them!