Feel fantastic by 9am with these morning rituals and enjoy crossing everything off your to-do list for the day.
When your alarm goes off mid-way through your tropical holiday with Bradley Cooper, you can hit the snooze button and get back to frolicking on the beach or you can get up. While anything with Bradley Cooper is tempting, if you choose to stay in bed the day will end up running you. Jump out, hit the ground with both feet running, and you’ll “seize the day” instead. To help you power through your morning and have you feeling fab before you even start work, Health and the City has come up with some essential morning rituals.
Sweat It Out: Mornings are made for exercise, so set your alarm early enough to fit it in. Exercising first thing boosts endorphins, leaving you feeling fab and focused for smashing out everything on your to-do list. Starting your day with exercise also gets it over and done with, so you can really relax and enjoy any spare time at the end of the day.
Bend and Stretch: Ten minutes of stretching or a few rounds of sun salutes will help to loosen your joints and get the blood pumping to your muscles. Starting your day with a few stretches is a great way to wake you up and relieve any tension from your night of slumber or morning workout.
Just Breathe: Everywhere we turn we are inundated with information. This information is snapping our ability to focus, as our mind shifts from checking emails to catching up on our Instagram feed. Taking 10 minutes out each morning to focus on your breathing and meditate without the distraction of technology will clear your mind and enable you to focus more effectively on the things that really matter.
Break-the-fast: Irrespective of how busy you are, you should always make time for breakfast. Breakfast is designed to break-the-fast, providing your brain with valuable fuel to jumpstart you into your day. For a breakfast that will have you firing all morning long, pair fibre-rich carbohydrates with lean protein sources. Think rolled oats with Greek yoghurt and berries, or poached eggs on a slice of wholegrain toast with avocado and smoked salmon. For an on-the-go breakfast option, blend up milk, Greek yoghurt, fruit, oats and chia seeds. You can make it the night before or quickly whiz it up in the morning before you run out the door.
Put on some tunes: Whether you tune up your iPod while you’re getting ready for work or belt out your favourite tune on the drive to work, music is one fun way to get you pumped for the day ahead. In fact, London research found singing solo boosts energy levels and reduces tension nearly as much as a cardio workout. So sing your heart out to your favourite beat each morning and enjoy the natural high.
Clean your workstation: This one is made super easy, as long as you leave your workstation clean the night before that is. A clean desk with an easily seen to-do list is one relaxing way to start your workday. A nightly clean is a small task that offers a huge, productive reward the following day.
Organise and Prioritise: Spend a few minutes clarifying your daily to-do list. Identify the three most important tasks to be completed for the day and then allocate how much time you will spend on each. This will help you stay focused and productive throughout the day. Be realistic with your time though, as aiming to achieve too much will only set you up for more stress.
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Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.