Feel better every morning
Mornings can feel like a blur rushing around as the clock moves extra fast. This time of the day can feel so dreaded that many people get their coffee pots ready the night before anticipating the need for a caffeine driven morning. So is it possible to wake up refreshed and ready to start your day without coffee?
Have a healthy evening routine
The best way to ensure waking up refreshed is getting a restful night's sleep. Having transition time prior to bed will allow your mind to wind down from the day’s activity to rest mode which will improve sleep and set you up for an energized wake-up.
Go old school: Use an alarm clock!
Using an alarm clock instead of your cell phone will help you avoid immediately jumping on your phone. It's far too easy when using your cell phone as an alarm clock to shut off your alarm and check email or respond to a text, or jump on the internet. Set the tone for your day with a relaxing way to get out of bed.
Set an intention for your day
Take five minutes of quiet time where you can start your day by setting the tone for how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish during that day. This can be a time to do some deep breathing and start your day from a mindset of purposeful intention and calm.
For example: “ Today I am going to try and stay chill during my commute” or “Just for today, I’m going to close all 37,234 windows on my browser and focus on one thing at a time.”
The beauty of intention setting is that it can be a simple idea, and doesn’t require a PhD in Philosophy. Just pick out a “thing” to focus on shifting or improving.
Keep it small, keep it simple.
Eat a breakfast that is well balanced and nutritious. My favorite breakfast is oatmeal with blueberries, apples, walnuts, and flaxseed. This will give your body and mind the fuel it needs to help you have a productive and inspiring day.
A great start to your day can help you set the tone for a day filled with more calm, inspiration and fun! Coffee free.