Whenever I meet someone who I think is successful, the number one thing I want to know is how they spend their mornings. Mornings are a lot more crucial than I once thought. I used to sleep in on weekends and woke up at the last possible minute during the week in order to get to work on time. Don’t get me wrong, I still take one day a week to catch up on sleep and sleep as late as my body will let me but I have collected a few tips on how to better utilize your morning from some of the people I admire most.
I love coffee! LOVE IT! But whenever possible, I try to get my energy in more natural ways. One of them being exercising first thing when I wake up. However, I work a corporate job and leave for work around 7:15 in the morning. I end up coming home from work exhausted and not wanting to workout so I recently started waking up an hour earlier and working out at 5:30 a.m. Let me tell you the first 10 minutes I am awake are horrible. But the rest of the day, I feel completely relaxed and energized. I highly recommend trying it for three weeks (the time it takes to build a habit) and see what you think.
This morning ritual goes beyond the recent juicing fad. I incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables (usually spinach) and make a smoothie every morning after I workout and drink it on my way to work. If you are not a morning person, try chopping all your produce the night before that way all you have to do is throw it in the blender the morning of. Also try adding some citrus, which instantly makes me feel awake and revitalized.
My favorite smoothie recipe:
- 5 large strawberries
- 1/6 of fresh pineapple
- 8 oz. of unsweetened almond milk
I must admit that the mornings I workout, I don’t have time to meditate before work but if you alternate between the two, I think it makes a significant impact on your morning. The term meditation means many things but what most important is that it’s a time for you to sit quiet with yourself and your thoughts. If you are religious, you can pray or just sit quiet and try and calm your thoughts. Here are several great resources on mediation. This is so crucial for starting your day with a clear mind and conscious. I feel much more receptive and present for my day.