Here’s how you can always wake up ready to tackle the world.
As most of us are getting used to the new normal of working from home, many of us are coming to find that the home setup isn't as relaxing as we thought it would be. Meetings, calls, and other projects seem to pile up to seemingly no end when we're all sitting at home. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to get your work on, and nothing does it quite like a good morning routine. Let's get into it.
An essential piece of advice we can give to have a good morning is to prepare beforehand. It comes along the lines of delayed gratification in that if you pack all the things you need for the morning the night before, you'll have a much easier time in the morning when things inevitably go smoother.
A Packed Lunch
Anything else you need to make the day more productive.
You'll find that when all; your things are in the right place when you need them, gone will be the days of scurrying in the morning to find what you need before work. This tip comes especially in handy on those days when you're running a little late and nothing seems to be going your way – if anything, your essentials will be right where you need them.
When dealing with our body's natural circadian rhythm, it is often the case that your body will wake up at around the same time every day naturally. Be it early morning or even late, if you dig a little deeper into your own body, you'll start to see a pattern. This rhythm is suspect number one when setting your morning routine in order.
Whether it's the weekend or a weekday, wake up at the same time.
It doesn't matter at what time you go to sleep, because ultimately you will be required to hack your biological clock to your advantage. This strategy is even more critical when you work from home because it's more tempting than ever just to hit that snooze button and catch a few extra Z's. Do not fall for this, as you'll end up regretting it later on during the day.
When waking up after a deep and restful slumber, people often tend to head straight to their light switches instead of opening up the curtains and letting the natural light flow. Natural light is great for several things (vitamin D included), such as helping your a fore mentioned circadian rhythm jumpstart itself into high gear and helping your brain fully wake up from a long night. Try it out for yourself and see that when you open yourself up to natural light in the morning, you'll start the day feeling much better about yourself and the day.
While sleeping, there is an assumption that you won't be consuming any water throughout the night. This assumption is usually the reason that most people wake up with something akin to cotton-mouth. Having a glass of water next to your bed will ensure that you wake up fresh and hydrated in the morning, ready to tackle the day's adventures head on!
Bonus tip: Having a good swig of water when you wake up unlocks the enzymes in your mouth that accumulate throughout the night, so it's best not to wash these out but rather gulp them down!
By now, you've probably already heard of the benefits of both having and skipping breakfast. While cutting it is more along the lines of intermittent fasting, if you're having trouble waking up and getting your day started, it may be a good idea to create a habit of making yourself a delicious breakfast in the morning. Having a good meal at the start of the day, alongside the apparent benefit of quenching your morning hunger, has some benefits that go a long way in setting up a productive morning:
It kick-starts your metabolism, allowing you to pass food much more effectively.
Eating food high in sugar only serve to take from your morning rather than improve it.
High protein foods give you a sustainable burst of energy that can sometimes last an entire day.
Everyone is different and thus will respond better to varying aspects of a morning routine. While this may be the case, setting yourself up for success from the morning will ensure that whatever the coming day holds, you'll be at it with the ferocity of a king and the energy of an athlete.
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