People always talk about how the early bird gets the worm, and as it turns out, there may be some truth to the saying. Studies show that early rises are happier, healthier, and more productive than their late-rising counterparts, likely because they spend time in the morning doing tasks they enjoy and getting their to-do list out of the way.
Unfortunately, not all of us can be morning people, but just because you’re someone who likes to sleep in a little later doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your day off on the right note.
Starting your morning positively can help set the tone for the rest of day, encouraging a good mood, healthy habits, and increased energy.
If you’re looking for something to look forward to in the morning, or if you’re trying to start your day off on the right foot, try adopting these seven healthy morning habits that can make your week a little bit better.
1. Don’t Hit The Snooze Button
You may be tempted to fit in a few extra minutes of sleep by snoozing over and over again, but every time you fall back asleep and wake up, your body is restarting its sleep cycle, and you’ll likely be interrupted in the wrong phase.
Hitting the snooze button actually ends up making you feel more groggy if you’re constantly waking your body up in the deepest part of your cycle.
Working out in the morning can have major health benefits, including consistency, improved productivity, boosted metabolism, and better sleep. Plus, getting exercise out of the way first thing in the morning clears up your schedule for other activities later in the day.
3. Express Gratitude
Acknowledging what you are thankful for can have powerful effects, including greater happiness, improved relationships, and even better health. Just spend five minutes each morning thinking of a few things you are grateful for, and feel the positive aftermath for the rest of the day.
4. Eat Breakfast
Not only is cooking breakfast a nice way to slow down the pace of your morning, but eating a meal before you begin your day can help keep you energized and focused later on. Eating a high-fiber breakfast can also help keep you full throughout the day, preventing you from overeating later.
5. Listen To Music
Putting on a song first thing in the morning is a fun way to begin getting ready, but it can also reduce stress, elevate your mood, and improve your cognitive performance. Music can also get you moving at a quicker pace, which could be key for a busy morning.
6. Drink A Glass Of Warm Water
Right when you wake up, opt for a class of warm rather than cold water, which can help improve digestion, give you energy, and increase your metabolism. Staying hydrated can keep you from getting fatigued, and it can even improve your mood.
7. Go Outside
One of your morning habits should include spending time outdoors, as natural light not only boosts your energy and mood, but can also help synchronize our body’s clocks and minimize weight gain. Even just a 15 minute walk in the morning can be beneficial.