Whether you have a long commute, like to sleep in, or are just a busy person who likes to get sh*t done, many of us don’t have time to sit down and slowly savor our mornings. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have to ditch the healthy habits! These easy habits will give you a great kick start to your day, all while getting you out the door in no time flat.
1. Wake up to sunlight
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a jarring, obnoxious alarm, right? …wrong! Studies show that waking up to gradually increasing sunlight helps to regulate your body’s biological clock. This is easy during the summer when the days are long, but can get a bit tricky during those dark and dreary winter days. To counteract this, try investing in a light alarm clock, which wakes you up with gradually increasing light as opposed to noise. Don’t worry though – you can still choose a peaceful tune to wake you up in case you miss the first wake up call.
2. Meal Prep
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But so many of us “skip” it or resort to pre-packaged options when we are pressed for time. Preparing your breakfast ahead of time ensures that you’re not going to go hungry, and that you’re going to be well-nourished with food that loves you back. Overnight Oats and Chia Seed Pudding are always great options. If you’d like something a little more refreshing, try out some Smoothie “Ice Cubes!” Simply blend your favorite fruits and/or veggies together ahead of time, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, and freeze. All you have to do in the mornings is add a few cubes to your blender along with some liquid and your favorite Amazing Grass Protein Powder of Choice (I recommend the Vanilla or Chocolate Protein & Kale Line), and you have a well-balanced meal!
3. Make it Special
Even if you’re just rolling out of bed, throwing on some clothes, and brushing your teeth, try to find some joy in your morning routine and make it special for you. Setting aside a few minutes every morning to “center” yourself and prepare for the day ahead starts your day on a high note and can help increase your productivity. Whether it’s playing a favorite song, dancing in the shower, or waking up a few minutes earlier so you can sit down with that cup of tea or coffee, all small acts are still good acts 😉