How to have a more peaceful morning for a less stressful day
If you’re not a morning person, sometimes it feels like the hardest part of the day is dragging yourself out of bed. Setting multiple alarms (only to snooze all of them), frantically rushing from room to room to get ready in 10 minutes and opting for a cup of coffee on the go as your first meal of the day – sound familiar? You may think that sacrificing a balanced morning routine is completely worth the blissful extra minutes of sleep, but how you wake up can set the tone for your entire day. If you wake up feeling stressed, this is likely going to infiltrate through the rest of your day. Your body will release cortisol (stress hormones) before you even start your day, which will get your adrenaline pumping early and likely lead to a total energy crash in the afternoon (also sound familiar?).
Although these habits may be deeply ingrained in your morning routine, it’s easy to make a change. For a calm start to your day and increased productivity and stability in your life, try incorporating these simple steps into your new morning routine.
#1 Start your day slowly
Don’t reach for your phone straight away to scroll through Facebook or read your emails. Instead, set your alarm a few minutes early and allow yourself to wake up slowly. Lie in bed for a few moments to centre yourself.
Once you get used to the whole ‘waking up early’ situation, try doing some yoga. It doesn’t need to be too intense, just enough to increase circulation and wake up your muscles.
Instead of chugging a coffee, pour yourself a tall glass of warm water. Your body will be dehydrated after sleep, and this alone can significantly sap your energy levels. Warm water can help detox your gut and flush out any free radicals. It can also aid with weight loss, reduce menstrual cramping, and delay early signs of aging.
Cold water is not ideal to drink first thing in the morning as it can actually slow down your digestion. This will force your body to work harder to maintain its regular temperature.
You can also add a tablespoon of lemon juice to your water for a multitude of health benefits. Lemons are a fantastic source of vitamin C and help to strengthen your immune system. Plus, lemons are rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium, and they can help to further detoxify your system.
Another option is to add a spoonful of collagen to your warm water to keep your skin, joints, bones and muscles strong. Click here to learn more about our probiotic and marine collagen supplement Tonic One.
#3 Use a dry brush before your shower
Before jumping in the shower, use a dry brush to increase circulation and boost your energy levels. This step is a win-win because not only is this a super relaxing and refreshing start to your day, but your skin will also feel silky smooth and look more radiant.
Dry brushing has also been linked to other health benefits, such as stimulating the lymphatic system. The coarse bristles help open up your pores, making it easier to sweat out toxins. The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections, so this extra pampering step can help keep you healthy this flu season.
Before you begin, it’s important to know the direction to brush in order to reap maximum benefits. The lymph fluid will return to your bloodstream at the juncture near your heart and collarbone, so you should always brush in motions that guide the fluid towards this region.
- Begin at your feet. Brush up your legs to the top of your thigh. Use wide, circular motions to guide the lymph fluids upwards.
- Next, brush your midsection. Brush upward towards your navel and then continue this motion up to your heart.
- When brushing your arms, start from your hands and work upwards to your armpits. This is where your axillary lymph nodes are located, so when brushing your breasts and back you should also direct the fluids to the armpits.
- Use gentle pressure on areas where the skin is sensitive, and firmer pressure on tougher areas, like the soles of your feet.
- We recommend that you use a facial brush or gua-sha tools on your face and neck that are much more gentle.
- Have a cool shower after you’ve finished to wash away the dry skin.
- Finally, rehydrate your skin by applying moisturizer or a natural plant oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
These steps may be simple, but they can make a huge difference. A healthy morning routine will help you feel more energised in the morning, and the effects will flow on throughout your day. Don’t underestimate the power of self-care!