It’s 4:30 in the morning and the alarm just went off. Time to wake up! When the alarm goes off it means we get to start a new day. For me, the morning has to start off with four things, and hitting snooze is not one of them. For most people, the alarm going off is a dreaded exercise that happens every morning. For some of us, though, it’s a blessing because it means the beginning of a new day. If you struggle in the morning here are four important habits that make walking up easier.
First, hot lemon water is the precursor to everything else. This post is not about the benefits of lemon water because the verdict is still out. This post is more about how I like to start my morning. If you haven’t tried hot lemon water first thing in the morning you’re missing out. The lemon water is refreshing and it tastes really good. Other’s may recommend lemon water for other health benefits. I just like it and it’s a great way to drink more water first thing in the morning.
Second, this is not what you think it is. Most trainers start with coffee first. Most people do not even like to have a conversation with their spouse until after and only after a sip of coffee. Coffee comes later but it’s not second on the list. The second most important morning ritual is journaling for five minutes. Write about whatever you want but journaling is a great way to plan out the day. It’s also a great way to reflect on the previous days’ successes and/or complaints. Writing in your journal allows you to see insights about yourself from another angle. Even if you don’t believe in it. Try it before you knock it.
Third, this is exactly what you think it is. A sip of coffee. Yes, most times it’s just a sip of coffee before the hot shower melts away any left over sleepiness. It’s usually only a sip or two because that’s all that’s needed after the hot lemon water. Again, it sounds crazy but you should try it out.
Fourth, this is the way I really get rid of the mental cobwebs that are hard to shake early in the am. How do you get rid of those mental cobwebs? Ice cold water, so cold it makes Alaskans shiver. Taking a cold shower for as little as two minutes can change your outlook on your day. There is something to be said about ice cold water running over your body that brings out your inner primate. If you want more info on cold showers check out this blog post on cold showers…
That’s the perfect morning. If you struggle in the morning and do not do any of these then change it up and try one of them. All four are a great way to kick start your morning, but just try one!