Your morning routine can set you up for the rest of the day. Getting up late, rushing around to find your clothes, and dashing out the door to catch the bus can leave you feeling flustered. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 things you can do each morning to help your day run a little smoother.
- Set your alarm (earlier)
If you don’t already wake up to an alarm and are relying on your internal body clock, start setting one now. Going to bed at around the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning is a good habit to get in to. It helps to keep your circadian rhythm (internal body clock) in sync and will also help you to sleep better.
If you already use an alarm to wake up, try setting it a little earlier. In the morning, this will help you to unwind and start your morning routine at a good pace rather than rushing.
- Drink a glass of water (or 2) as soon as you wake up
When you are asleep, your body slows down, and so the next morning it is likely you’ll wake already dehydrated. Don’t forget 8 hours is a long time to go without any liquid. So, start the day with 2 glasses of fresh water to help rehydrate your body and boost your digestion.
Remember to fill up your Hydratem8 tracker bottle before leaving the house, too. Keep drinking regular sips to reach the hourly targets to make sure you’re keeping dehydration at bay.
- Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal which fuels your body for the day ahead and so skipping it or taking on a high fat, high sugar meal isn’t going to do you any good.
Instead of choosing sugary cereal, fruit juice, or muffins, why not swap for porridge, eggs, or avocado on toast? Check out some of our breakfast recipes on the Hydratem8 Hub.
Starting the day with some gentle movement or exercise can help to keep aches and pains at bay. If you’re not used to exercising, you don’t need to go out on a 5K run. Instead, try walking to work rather than getting the bus or taking the car, or take the stairs instead of the lift. You could also try some yoga in the mornings to help loosen your muscles and joints.
- Grab a coffee…
At home. If you need a caffeine fix, the best time to have it is in the morning. Caffeine can help some people to feel more alert and less groggy, leaving them more motivated to face the day.
If that’s you, save yourself some money and do yourself a brew at home. After all, if you’ve set your alarm a little earlier, you’ll have plenty of time. Drinking coffee in moderation isn’t so bad for you and may even have some health benefits.
So, now you’re ready to face the day, go and smash it!