Once you have your plan, it’s time to start. As with most new adventures, you don’t want to set yourself up for failure, so ease into your new morning routine.
Here are three tips that helped me get started:
1. Set your alarm out of arm’s reach so you physically have to get up to turn it off. Then immediately go and wash your face with ice-cold water. Not only will the cold water wake you up, but it helps reduce the puffiness around your eyes and has been shown to have great health benefits for your skin.
2. Get rehydrated. Our bodies are comprised of 50-70% water and we lose a good deal of hydration while we sleep. Water is the fuel of our existence, so replenishment is essential upon waking. Studies show that adding some sea salt with lemon to a large cup of water will actually help kick start the rehydration of your cells.
3. Do 30 jumping jacks followed by 10 minutes of stretching while focusing on your breath. The jumping jacks will break you out of your circadian rhythm and the breathwork will aid in re-oxygenation, stimulate your lymphatic system, and increase endorphins. Simply put, if you take deep focused breaths from your diaphragm and extend your exhale you will improve health, immunity, and stress.
Getting IT- Tweaking
After a few weeks of waking up early, your internal clock will start to align with the alarm. You’ll start to find that you wake up with more ease and often without needing the alarm at all.
This is also the time to start evaluating what is working and what isn’t. As a general rule, we don’t see the immediate benefits of most things right away. Avoid writing off something as a failure until you’ve given it some time to evolve.
After 30 days you can start tweaking your morning routine based on results and interest. The whole point of this exercise was to find enjoyment and growth. Make a list of your current morning habits and a second list of new adjustments you’d like to try. Remove the ones that aren’t working for you and replace them with something else from each of the SAVER buckets.
Whatever you do, just make sure you keep it fun and interesting.
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