Rise and Shine!

Ever had one of those mornings when you trip over the pile of clothes left on your floor while trying to turn off that loud buzzing noise coming from your worst enemy – your alarm clock, and when you finally drag your half-asleep self to the kitchen, for breakfast, you realize you’re out of bread and will just have to grab a greasy breakfast sandwich on your way to work?

Are those early mornings making you feel tired and sluggish before 10am? It’s definitely possible to train your body and mind to love waking up early in the morning. By not oversleeping, you will feel more energized and in a better mood throughout the day. Many people find that even when they do get their recommended 8 hours or more of sleep they still feel groggy and tired in the early hours of the day. It’s important to give yourself a good morning routine, use that extra time to prepare yourself for the crazy day that is about to begin. Would an athlete begin a marathon without properly preparing themselves??

Rule #1: Don’t hit the snooze button! By constantly hitting that SNOOZE button you may actually be disturbing your deepest sleep and anything after snooze is just wasted time lying in the sheets. Hitting snooze and gaining those extra minutes of shut eye will not make you feel more rested when you wake up.

Rule #2: Take a cool shower to wake up your senses. Jumping into a refreshing cool shower first thing in the morning is a great way to wake you up and get the blood flowing. By splashing some cold water on your face you will help get rid of any puffiness around the eye and face.

Rule #3: Drink a glass of water with half of a freshly squeezed lemon on an empty stomach. This helps cleanse and detoxify your liver and kidneys. Lemon water has excellent digestive properties as well which can help ease heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems.

Rule #4: Eat breakfast within 1 hour of opening your eyes. Your body is in starvation mode when you wake up because the last meal you ate was probably, dinner. By eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, you are also waking up your digestive system. Therefore, you are also revving up your metabolism which helps you to burn more calories throughout the day. This is why skipping breakfast can actually be a cause of weight gain and loss of energy.

Rule #5: Stretch out those tight muscles. You’ve been lying down for the last 6-8 hours; it only makes sense that your body needs a good stretching before just running around. Once you have gotten used to your morning stretch you may want to step it up a notch by taking a light jog around the block. You’ll be amazed on how a quick run in the morning will have on your mood and energy levels throughout the day.

Rule #6: Don’t drink coffee every day. By drinking a cup of java first thing when you wake up, your body becomes dependant on this to be able to function in an alert manner. Let your body get use to waking up and creating its own energy in the morning. Try alternating days with green tea and coffee to help ease into it. Eventually you’ll be able to train your body to survive in the morning without the use of caffeine!

There can be an endless number of rules to getting out of bed in a calm and peaceful manner, but at least you can start with these to get you started! Try even asking some of your close friends and family to find out what they do to jump start their morning; I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised on their responses. Everyone has their own tried and true remedy for the morning blues, and even I sometimes am scrambling around trying to find where I left my things. To make my walk to work more enjoyable I even try and wipe up a quick energizing smoothie to sip on. For one of my favourite recipes click here! Go ahead, hit those sheets a half hour early tonight and make mornings your friend again.

Brought to you by your Health Nut,

Nikky

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