20 Secrets to Jump Start Your Morning Fresh
If you dread of getting out of bed in the morning, you need to jump start your morning fresh! How can you do that if you are so tired? There are many great ways you can achieve this. Pick one or two of the following suggestions to see if you can kick your morning into high gear.
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1. Savor a Hot Drink
Wake up a few extra minutes early and brew some hot tea or coffee. Allow yourself to sip on the beverage and wake up. Enjoy every sip of it. Relax while drinking it, while you are still in your pajamas.
2. Eat an Energetic Breakfast
Eat a decent breakfast that is low carb and healthy for you. Make sure that it is nutritious as well. There are many great breakfasts that are easy to make. Try a hard boiled egg with a piece of fruit, or a few slices of bacon and scrambled eggs. Yogurt is an excellent choice with some berries mixed into it. Or simply scramble a few eggs, add some cheese and salsa and place in a wheat tortilla.
3. Stretch Before Getting Out of Bed
Do some light, gentle stretching before you get out of bed. Take some deep breaths, and stretch your back, legs and arms. You may also wish to stretch your feet so you have blood flowing. Or if you do not have room in your bed to stretch, stand by the side of your bed and do this first thing when you hop out of bed.
4. Jump for Joy
As soon as you get out of bed, crouch down low, all the way to the floor. Then pop up into standing position. This will get your blood flowing so you are ready to start your day. You can repeat this a few times if you wish.
Meditate in the morning to get a jump start on your day. Clear your mind and allow it to start fresh since it is a new day. You can say little mantras, such as “today will be a good day”, or “I will not allow myself to be negative today” to reinforce this behavior.
6. Take a Long Shower
Take a long, hot shower. Use a shower gel that is energizing. Some good picks for this would be peppermint or citrus as they tend to wake the body up.
7. Dry Brush Your Skin
Using a soft, dry brush, dry brush your skin before you hop into the shower. This will give you an energizing feeling at that same time as detoxing your skin.
8. Drink Your Water
Drink some water when you get up in the morning. Water will help you stay hydrated and make you have more energy.
9. Get Your Kids Moving
Get your kids or other family members moving early enough in the morning so you are not stressed out. If you are stressed over getting them out the door at a decent time, then the rest of your day may fall apart.
10. Listen to Your Favorite Song
Listening to your favorite song can help you get moving in the morning. It will put you in a feel good mood and set the tone for the rest of the day.
11. Hop Out of Bed
As soon as the alarm clock goes off in the morning, hop out of bed. Do not hit the snooze button several times. This will only cause you to be more tired, and will not allow you to get moving very fast.
12. Exercise as Soon as You Wake
Exercise as soon as you wake up in the morning. If you can not stick to this, then make a date with a friend to walk at a certain time or have a personal trainer meet you at the gym so you have to stick to this.
13. Let the Sun Shine In
Let the sun shine in on you when you wake in the morning. Open the blinds, and enjoy the bright light. This will allow you to kick your morning into high gear.
14. Suck on a Mint
Keep a mint on the nightstand. As soon as the alarm goes off, pop a mint in your mouth and bit down on it. This will instantly wake you up and leave you feeling fresh.
15. Move Your Alarm Clock
Move your alarm clock to the other side of the room. Then when the alarm goes off you are not tempted to hit snooze. You have to get up to turn it off, so you might as well get up for good.
16. Breathe Deeply
Before stepping out of bed in the morning, breathe deeply for a few minutes. This gives your body the chance to wake up fully and makes the rest of the body feel good.
17. Cool Down
Before you step out of your shower, turn the water to cold for a 30 second interval. Then switch to hot water for 30 seconds. Repeat a few times to jump start the body.
Set aside a few minutes each morning to pray. You can either read from the bible or you can say all that you are thankful for.
19. Set the Coffeepot
Set the coffeepot to start brewing about 15 minutes before your alarm goes off. Then you can smell the wonderful aroma of fresh brewed coffee as you wake up.
20. Skip the News
Skip the news in the morning. Often times the news is full of negative stories, which can be a real downer. Instead, turn off the TV and talk to family members about the upcoming day.
Jump starting your morning will allow you to feel fresh the rest of the day. You will not be as sluggish or tired throughout the day, and you will most certainly have a more productive day as well.