Tired of being tired in the morning? Here are my tips on how to have a healthy wake up and start your day the right way.
Hey there, friends! So some of you may know this and, if not, you’re about to find out, I am very much a morning person! I always have been and always will be. If you are looking for that person who is oddly perky in the mornings, well that would be me.
Did you know that statistically most people who are morning people generally feel more in control of their lives? It makes sense in all honesty. Waking up earlier in the morning allows for time to workout or start your day with an early morning meditation. As a morning person, I feel like early starts to my day put me in the right mindset to tackle my day. I enjoy waking up energized and not tired. Mornings are blissful to me. I feel like my days start on a healthier note because of my early mornings. “Both youth and adults who consider themselves morning people report being happier and healthier than their late-sleeping peers, according to a recent study published in Emotion, a journal of the American Psychological Association.” Healthy life, happy life, am I right? If you want to be a morning person or to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, here are my healthy life tips:
1. Get Moving!
Start your day with a little yoga or light cardio! It’ll get your blood flowing and endorphins going. Generally, I like to start my day with a little meditation and day planning, but sometimes I head to the gym to get some cardio in for the day. It really does wake me up! Plus if I have the mindset to workout early and start my day healthy, I tend to eat healthier so that I don’t ruin my healthy start. It’s a great way to make sure you are living healthy!
2. Fuel Up!
Via Live Science
Whether you workout in the mornings or are just sitting around planning your day, you need to start your day off with a good breakfast! According to the Huffington Post, breakfast “sets the tone of your day” and is what will boost your metabolism in the morning. I know that waking up and cooking breakfast puts me in a good mood to start my day. It might be the fact that I’m a little more chipper after breakfast because it’s my favorite meal! Who knows? Regardless, breakfast is an essential part of healthy living!
Pro tip: to get in the groove of making breakfast early in the morning, have stuff ready the night before! You can make things like pre-made smoothie packs and store them in your fridge or freezer. You can also make overnight oats or even just have a bowl, spoon, and box of cereal waiting for you at the table. It’ll help your mornings go so much smoother!
3. Get Some Vitamin D!
Did you know that most women don’t get enough vitamin D? If you’re feeling tired, I’d strongly suggest you go get some sun! Go on a walk outside or simply open a window. When your body experiences complete darkness, it begins to produce melatonin, which is a hormone that helps put you to sleep. This is why when it is bright outside; we tend to naturally wake up. So when you wake up, turn on a light ASAP or open the blinds if it’s sunny outside! It’s one of the best healthy living habits!
Drinking cold water first thing in the morning will help your alertness. Plus, I don’t know about you, but do you ever just wake up really thirsty? I know I do sometimes. Well naturally, we’re all a little dehydrated when we wake up, which is why it’s good to drink water first thing in the morning. Plus hydrating with ice cold water will get your morning adrenaline flowing, and you’ll be ready to tackle your morning workout. Or, maybe just breakfast. Whatever you plan on tackling during the day, one of the best health tips I can give you is to kick start your day with a nice tall glass of water. You’ll thank me later.
5. Forget the Snooze Button!
Friends, stop hitting the snooze button! It actually isn’t as beneficial as you may think. Though you may think that hitting the snooze button will give you a few more minutes in the morning that will make you feel more energized… Think again! Hitting the snooze button will actually throw off your internal clock and make you feel more groggy when you wake up. I realized that once I stopped hitting snooze on my alarm clock when I woke up early, that I actually woke up peppier and with more energy. If you want to know more check out this Huffington Post article on why you shouldn’t hit the snooze button. It’s one of those difficult at first, but super important steps to living a healthy life!
6. Get Adequate Sleep the Night Before!
This tip on how to live a healthy life may seem like a no-brainer but really not a lot of people do it enough! If you want to wake up a little more energized in the morning, try to get enough sleep! That 7-8 hours of sleep you get at night is important. It’s what helps you function as a human being. So try to go to bed in a timely manner or go to bed and wake up at a time that accommodates getting enough sleep.
The most important thing you need to know is to catch plenty of Zs, but not too many! Remember, too much sleep also makes you feel groggy and blah, so you’re not your best, and you’ll have a more difficult time getting your day going. Trust me on this, and find that balance between too much and not enough sleep to live the healthy life you deserve!
So there you go, friends! Are you inspired and motivated to start waking up early in the morning? If so, let us know in the comments below and don’t hesitate to share this post with your friends and loved ones. Thanks for reading!
**Featured image via Huffington Post