Here we leave you coconut simple, fast and effortless morning routines that you can start applying today.
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The opinions expressed by employees are personal.
We all love parties. For many businesses, the Decambrin era is one of the most productive of the year, being also a time when we give ourselves more permissions regarding our habits . Of course we always justify it by saying that in January we will change patterns and resume healthy habits , or create new habits.
Unfortunately, we rarely do it. And so we arrived in February without having changed a single habit.
Instead of waiting for another full year to go by and making new purposes for January, here are some simple , fast and effortless morning routines that you can start applying today, all of them focused on giving you more energy, creativity and mental flexibility to help you navigate the rest of the year.
The other day I watched my three-year-old girl wake up. He yawned and stretched, but by saying “stretch” I mean he went into an impressive state of contortion for almost a full minute before exhaling and opening his eyes.
It made me think of the way in which most adults woke up. We listen to the alarm (or alarms, in case you are one of the snooze ones), we fall out of bed, take our phone or go straight for a cup of coffee or to the shower (or all more or less at the same time) . Instead, give yourself a minute and allow yourself (or force yourself) the pleasure of a long stretch, with a good yawn, just like young children do.
If you are more adventurous, doing 10 to 15 minutes of yoga, even 3 times a week, will help you develop both physical and mental endurance.
2. Leave your phone
I plead guilty to turning off my phone's alarm and immediately checking the notifications I have on the locked screen. And all it does is raise my stress levels. Instead of grabbing your phone first thing to check your email, calendar or updates, choose to spend the first five minutes with your own thoughts.
Nothing that happened in the last hours while you slept is so urgent that you cannot wait a few more minutes until you are mentally awake and ready to face it. Now, I understand that most of us use our phones as alarms. If you can't resist the temptation to check your phone as soon as you turn off the alarm, do the smart thing and buy a cheap alarm that allows you to leave your phone away from you.
3. Drink water
I love to drink coffee in the morning, but the first thing our body needs, after hours deprived of hydration, is water. Drink a glass of fresh (not ice) water before your coffee, and you will see an impressive effect on your mind and body. Avoid sweet orange juice or any other alternative that will do nothing but give you a sugar rush an hour later. A simple glass of water is much better.
4. Eat a high protein snack
Breakfast is the most important food of the day, because as with water, your body has been deprived of food throughout the night. Eating something small in the morning, your metabolism will be boosted and set your pace for the rest of the day. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates or sugar, such as breads, because they burn quickly leaving you more hungry in a short time.
If you are like me and do not have the time (or desire) to cook a good breakfast in the morning, find a good protein shake. A good mix of waistband plus a little milk (or soy or almond milk if you are intolerant) gives you the necessary boost in the morning and will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
5. Take a 15-minute walk
I love to sting the “snooze” every morning. However, a few years ago I realized that the snooze did not increase the amount of sleep I was having at all, if we think that the first time it sounds it takes you out of the REM phase. Instead of winning 15 minutes with the snooze, try to get up and take a walk. This requires minimal effort (in addition to dressing) and will lift you quickly as it will cause your body to start pumping blood. And most importantly: a short walk also revives your metabolism.
Something you can do to achieve these routines is to prepare for them since last night. Before bed, check your calendar and prepare your clothes. Check your emails and cross out what you have finished or move the earrings for the next day. Preparing the night before will only take a few minutes, but it will eliminate the stress and anxiety of doing it during the morning, all sleepy.
The best of all these morning routines is that they require very little time and effort, and most only replace something unproductive that you were already doing.