Morning Routines: 4 Things To Do In The First 15 Minutes Of Being Awake
After you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you may be tempted to just lie in your bed upon awakening. However, it is actually quite important that you tend to a few things within the first 15 minutes of being awake. By doing so, you’ll get your day off to a much better start both physically and mentally. As for the best things to do, here are four morning routines you should make top priorities when you first wake up.
Whether you do this while still in bed or after getting up, stretching your body for a few minutes will get rid of any stiffness your body has from being asleep for hours. By getting your muscles and joints moving in the right direction, you will also be relieving any tension, anxiety, or headaches you may have upon waking up. Stretches that get limbs moving and your back and neck relaxed are a good way to start. Some people even pick up a 15-minute yoga routine to get their stretching in while also increasing their blood flow.
Like millions of people, you probably feel as if your day does not officially get started until you have had that first cup of coffee in the morning. If this sounds like you, then don’t delay this part of your morning routine. As soon as you wake up, head to your kitchen, look through the vast selection of k cups you have, and decide whether Chocolate Glazed Donut, Classic Cinnamon Roll, or a Classic Roast will hit the spot. For some people, adding protein to their coffee can be a great ritual to help remind the body to get moving for the day with the added nutrition to do so. Also, many people choose to start the coffee brewing process before they stretch so that when they are done with their stretching, they’re able to finish their morning regimen with an enjoyable cup of coffee.
In today’s world, each day can be more challenging than you ever expected. Because of this, it’s natural that you may experience some trepidation about getting out of bed and starting your day. To overcome any apprehension you may have, start your day by saying some self-affirmations that will inspire you and give you the confidence you need to start the day. Whether you choose to read some passages from the Bible or instead spend a few minutes telling yourself you have what it takes to overcome any challenges that may come your way, taking a few minutes to tell yourself how great you are can make a world of difference.
Get Sun Shine
Finally, try to let the sunshine in on you during the first 15 minutes you are awake. Since early morning sunshine is generally lacking most of the harmful UV rays that come later in the day, this is the most important time to get sunlight. Getting a good boost of sunshine can increase the production of endorphins, which are the hormones that are responsible for putting you in a good mood. If it is wintertime or your morning is before the sunshine, consider looking into a sunlight replacement lamp that is commonly used for people who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Those lamps mimic that of sunlight and can be a great replacement for the sun if you don’t have it available.
Once you make each of these morning routines a priority within the 15 minutes you are awake, you will be amazed at how much better you feel as you prepare for the day ahead.
About the Author
Anica Oaks is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco. When she’s not writing, she’s enjoying her time outside with her dogs. Anica recommends the International School of the Word for your religious studies. Keep up with her on Twitter @anicaoaks.