Does the sound of your alarm clock send you into a slight panic? If you're like most of us, mornings can feel rushed, chaotic, and stressful. I can totally relate. I'm an elementary school dance teacher, and my mornings start super early.
Here are a few simple strategies to start your day feeling more energized. Watch out! Your giant mug of coffee may get a little jealous.
1. Set your alarm clock to the sounds of nature.
My alarm clock used to be set to a loud beeping sound. What was I thinking?! So I switched to a fun, upbeat song. It was pretty good, but still caused me to feel a bit anxious. Now, I use the sounds of nature: birds chipring and water flowing. This feels much more relaxing and less jarring on my nervous system.
2. Drink a big glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon.
This is a great habit to incorporate into your morning routine. I keep a big glass of water by my bed and some lemon slices in my fridge. Right when I get out of bed, I can enjoy a nice glass of water. This will hydrate you after a night's slumber and give you a natural boost of energy.
3. Move your body for 10 minutes.
Get your heart rate up, breathe more fully, and take care of your body. Giving yourself this gift first thing really sets you up to have a more productive and energized day. Notice we haven't even looked at email, Facebook, or our to-do list. That can wait. This is sacred morning time.
Try this 10-minute full body workout that I created for you to do in the comfort of your home. All you need is a set of light hand-held weights (1 to 3 lbs), running shoes, and a yoga mat. Stream this video right from your phone. The trick is to have your shoes, weights, and yoga mat organized the night before.
4. Take a quick, warm shower.
This may seem so obvious, but how can you make your morning shower more like a spa treatment? Choose a soap that is going to invigorate your senses. I love Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap. The smell is fresh, the soap is organic, and I always feel charged at the start of my day. Lavender is great for the end of the day as a way to relax before bed. Experiment with different smells that work best for you.
5. Enjoy a nutritious breakfast on the go.
Depending on your schedule, you may be able to enjoy your breakfast at home. If you are like me and need to eat on the run most mornings, try these easy breakfast options that will have you fueled and ready to take on the day. To make your life easier, make these recipes the night before. Then, just grab and go!