1. Don’t snooze your alarm & give yourself enough time to do the following steps
Why start the day off with a fight against your alarm clock, where you eventually concede defeat. By snoozing your alarm, you are adding stress by cutting your morning short. And what for, 5-10 extra minutes of laying there?
Tip: Only set one alarm! If you set more, you won't get up on the first alarm. Multiple alarms is the same thing as hitting snooze, but you're setting yourself up for failure before the morning even hits.
Tip: Put your phone on the other side of the room so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
2. Drink some water, let the sun in, open a window & make your bed straight away (that’s already one task completed yay!)
Why drink water? Well, aside from having a head start in activating your brain's functionality, drinking water will also help you eliminate waste products and toxins from your body built up during your sleep. AKA helps you poo
Why make the bed? It may be a small accomplishment, but this can set the tone for the day.
Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations quotes,
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another," he said. "By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
3. Get dressed into something you can freely move your body in & have a coffee or tea
Coffee is a personal choice, but it can energise and motivate you before exercising.
Wearing a cute exercise outfit also motivates you to train. If you’re looking for Australian made activewear by women for women head to www.parisandi.com.au
4. Exercise! Gym, yoga or walking. Get the blood flow moving
Exercise is so important as it is an all-natural treatment to fight depression. Exercise also improves your sleep, boosts your mood, reduces anxiety, stress and more.
Tip: you will never feel worse after exercising, so why not do it?
Tip: Make an exercise date with a friend. This reinforces you to show up as you don’t want to let them down.
5. Learn something new! Listen to a podcast or read a book (listen while you’re exercising).
Learning something new is so rewarding, even if it’s something small like hacks when cleaning. Exercising the brain makes you feel happy and accomplished. Listen to something that motivates YOU, e.g. a success story, self-improvement or an educational podcast/ book. However, whatever you choose to read or listen to, make sure it positively impacts you.
6. Have a cold shower for at least 30 seconds
There are hundreds of studies as to why cold showers benefit you. I will list a few benefits below;
Increases energy levels
Reduces swelling, inflammation and muscle soreness
Most importantly, it makes you face fear for the day. Which puts you in a mindset to attack the day and achieve your goals
7. Have breakfast & get dressed for the day
Breakfast is also a personal choice as some people prefer fasting. Getting dressed in the morning can make you feel fresh and enhance your mood. For example, think back to your mood when you were last dressed nicely. You would have felt confident and happy. Get out of your PJ’s & into some clean, fresh clothes that make you feel happy.
By trying these steps your day can only improve. Just remember that routine is key. You can make your own routine as everyone is different and certain things work for certain people.
If you're in a rut try the above tips & tricks as they're easy changes that might potentially change your life for the better.
Love Paris & Sammi xx