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Enhance Your Morning Routine in 10 Minutes

Enhance Your Morning Routine in 10 Minutes

Skip that snooze button

Although it's insanely tempting to hit that snooze button to squeeze out some extra sleep, it's detrimental.  Once you fall back asleep, you put yourself into a new sleep cycle, and risk waking up far groggier. 

  • Put your phone far away (across the room, or in another room) and use an alarm app that doesn't have a snooze button.  Once you are up and moving to turn the alarm off, you are far less-likely to jump back into bed.

Get some natural light

When the first thing our eyes see is a phone screen, we are going from darkness to a very harsh blue-light that stresses our eyes. 

  • If you're able to get some natural sunlight, you're instantly setting your body's internal clock to best understand when to produce melatonin.  This will actually help you fall asleep at the right time of night when your body realizes when you're exposed to "sunlight" each day. 
  • For many of us, we wake up before the sun, so we recommend buying a Light Therapy Device with an output of minimum 100,000 Lux to best mimic natural sunlight.

Get moving 

Many of us don't realize how important movement is for our productivity, energy, and focus. 

  • Even if you plan on working out later in the day, it's imperative to get some movement in when starting the day. 
  • The goal here is not to actually work out, it's simply to prime your body and brain to wake up.  All you need is 30-60 seconds of movement like push-ups, air squats, or crunches.

Get cold

A 30-60 second cold shower is all you will need to wake energize your entire body and mind. 

  • Is it uncomfortable? YES Is it worth it? ALSO YES. 
  • This is by far the most difficult thing on the list of a stellar Morning Routine. 
  • Something as difficult as this will also set your tone for the rest of the day by jumping into some adversity.
  • The result is fantastic: a massive surge of energy, fat burning, immune-boosting, and anti-depressive processes taking place.

Stall on the carbs

You've been asleep for hopefully several hours, and you also hopefully didn't eat right before going to bed.  If the first thing our body digests is carbohydrates and sugar, we're setting ourselves up for a pretty big energy crash a few hours from now.

  • Refrain from having carbohydrates and sugar right upon waking.
  • Stick to protein and fats for breakfast.
  • If you're up for it, abstaining from food in the first 2-3 hours after waking is the best way to keep energy high in the morning (as well as fat-burning).

Dear Diary

Yes, journaling.  It doesn't have to be a confession, and it doesn't have to be painful. 

  • Grab a notebook or even a piece of paper.
  • Write one great thing that happened yesterday.
  • Write three things you're grateful for.
  • Write one thing that would be great to accomplish.

That's it!  All we are doing is practicing some gratitude and setting the framework for getting more done and setting some small goals.  You'll actually find yourself accomplishing what you write down.  Thinking on and writing down things you're grateful for are simply doing reps and gradually building on a very positive mindset that will change your mood and interactions with people!