There is countless research talking about the morning being the most important part of our day.
As the professional working in the fast-paced retail supply chain environment, top performance, and ability to resolve daily ad hoc problems is key to me.
Before I replaced bad morning habits with healthy ones, by the end of the day at work, I was utterly drained. Without even mentioning my energy levels closer to the weekend.
I have come across various articles talking about morning routines and decided to give it a go as it can’t get any worse.
Although I have found a fair share of great morning routines, I have found that these have the best impact on me. I would encourage you to try them out, but please remember that you are individual and what suits me might not have the same effects on you.
Wake up consistently
Most people usually wake up regularly during their working days. However, as soon as we reach the weekend, we turn our alarm off and getting off the bed late.
You are definitely not doing a favor to your body.
I think there is no need to introduce a Monday morning energy crash.
By breaking the waking up cycle, we also break our circadian rhythm, also known as the sleep-wake cycle.
The first step I have done to keep my energy high throughout the day is that I had given up my weekend oversleeps.
It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, I am waking up at 6am. Occasionally, I treat myself to wake up at 7am every once in a while, but most of the time, I keep waking up at the same time.
This made all the difference in the world. I don’t feel tired in the morning, and sometimes I wake up a couple of minutes before my alarm goes on.
For this to work, I also had to give up late nights, which means I am usually in bed no later than 10.30pm.
My working day starts at 8.30am when I am already in the office.
Why would you wake up at 6am if you have two and a half hours before work?
The answer is, I don’t rush the morning anymore.
How familiar does this sound to you?
Waking up ten minutes before you need to leave the house, eat whatever you find in a kitchen for breakfast, and rush into work!
It sure was familiar to me.
I have given up late nights, so I can wake up earlier and don’t rush anywhere.
I have time to prepare and enjoy a healthy breakfast but also think about the upcoming day.
Let’s be honest, thinking about your busy day full of problems when enjoying your breakfast, make them insignificant, compared to thinking about all of them when running late to work.
Meditation was introduced to me by Joe Dispenza’s book “Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself.”
Personally, I have noticed a lot of things that Joe is talking about happening in my life. However, the book has clarified why it happened or how it works.
I have started to follow his meditation, and it takes about 45 minutes in total before I go and make breakfast.
The impact I have experienced is significant. The biggest area of improvement on me was definitely the awareness of myself throughout the day.
Because I meditate every day, I remind myself of the feelings I want to avoid and what I want to feel. As a result, I am more conscious of my emotions throughout the busy day but also have uplifted mood. This, of course, reflects on others that have contact with me.
I find it priceless as thanks to the positive attitude achieved by meditation, I have established great professional connections since.
Drink a glass of room temperature water
This is the first thing I do when I wake up and start my meditation.
I have a glass of filtered water that I have left in the room since the previous night. The room temperature water ensures that the body is gently stimulated to wake up and end the sleeping cycle.
Not only that, I mix lime and Himalayan salt with water. This combination is a great morning booster, and Himalayan salt contains many essential minerals that your body needs, and balances your pH levels. Lime, on the other hand, has lots of vitamins, but also its sour taste helps to wake you up.
Keep the phone and social media away
Last but not least habit I have developed is that I don’t look at the phone before I have finished breakfast.
Before this, the first thing I have done in the morning is that I was scrolling social media.
These days are gone, and I am actually happier. The side effect of this is that I actually check social media less throughout the day, which keeps me more focused on what’s important to me.
I want to encourage you to try these methods for a week and see results yourself. Again I want to remind you that what works for me might not necessarily work for you, so it is vital to find healthy habits that will suit your needs.