A recent study from Kellogg Australia reveals that 49 per cent of Australians say they’re happy when they wake up in the morning. Is this true for you, or does it take a little (or a lot of) effort to get out of bed and start your day?
No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, a solid morning routine can help you feel more alert, focused, and happy as you start your day.
Not sure what to include in a productive morning routine? Outlined below are seven tips to help you maximise your mornings.
Why Do Morning Routines Matter?
Establishing and sticking to a morning routine offers many benefits for your physical and mental well-being. The following are some key reasons to consider creating or fine-tuning your morning ritual:
- Set the tone for your day: Who’s more likely to have a good day — the person who rolls out of bed 10 minutes before they’re supposed to be at work, or the person who wakes up early, exercises, and consumes a nutritious breakfast before heading out the door?
- Increase productivity: When you start your day on the right foot, it’s easier to focus and be productive at work, school, or while handling other responsibilities.
- Reduce stress: A morning routine allows you to ease into your day and start on a more peaceful note, rather than rushing around and scrambling to get to work or school on time.
Changing your morning routine is also an excellent way to develop new, healthy habits. For example, many people use “coffee stacking,” a form of habit stacking that combines your morning coffee with another beneficial exercise like writing in a journal or meditating.
7 Tips for a Better Morning Routine
If you want to enjoy the benefits of a morning routine but aren’t sure where to start, here are seven ideas to inspire you as you build a customised ritual:
1. Sip a Mushroom Coffee with Your Breakfast
Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? If you want more bang for your buck, consider swapping your current coffee with mushroom coffee.
Mushroom coffee combines adaptogenic mushroom powder with high-quality coffee grounds, resulting in a delicious drink that offers various benefits, from better memory to healthier skin.
Be sure to enjoy your mushroom coffee alongside a nutritious breakfast. A combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats will energise you and prevent you from getting hit with a mid-morning blood sugar crash.
2. Get Some Sunlight
Step outside for a few moments first thing and soak up the sun. Morning sunlight exposure influences your circadian rhythm (the body’s natural sleep-wakefulness cycle) by suppressing melatonin (a hormone that causes you to feel sleepy) production and helping you feel more alert.
Exercising first thing in the morning is another effective way to boost your energy and start your day on a healthy note.
You don’t have to do a strenuous workout to experience the benefits of morning exercise, either. Going for a walk (which gives you the benefits of morning sunlight and the benefits of exercise) or performing bodyweight exercises like push-ups will get your blood flowing and increase your alertness.
4. Drink Water
Sip a glass of water first thing in the morning (perhaps while you brew your cup of mushroom coffee).
Remember, you’ve just gone 8 hours without drinking any fluids. You’re likely dehydrated.
Starting with water helps you rehydrate and ward off issues like fatigue or headaches.
5. Set Some Goals for the Day
Some people like to start their day with a bit of journaling. Setting aside a few minutes to write down your goals and think about what you need to accomplish can help you feel more organised and less stressed.
6. Make Your Bed
Making your bed is an easy way to practice self-care and bring order to your day. It brings about a sense of calm and helps you feel more accomplished.
Making your bed is especially helpful if you work from home. A neat, clutter-free environment can reduce stress and enhance productivity and focus.
7. Ditch Your Phone
Do you tend to start your day with a marathon of Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok scrolling?
If you think you don’t have time for a morning routine but do have time to stalk your favourite celebrities, you might want to consider leaving your phone on the charger until it’s time to go to leave the house.
Bonus: A Good Morning Starts with a Good Night
Some people struggle to create or stick to a morning routine because they waste time rushing around trying to do everything as soon as they wake up. You can set yourself up for a successful morning, though, by doing some of the heavy lifting the night before.
Here are some nighttime tips that will enhance your morning routine:
You don’t have to overhaul your morning routine all at once. Pick one healthy habit from the list above and use that as a jumping-off point.
Set an Alarm
Give yourself plenty of time for your new morning ritual. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier than usual so you can add an extra step without feeling rushed.
Lay Out Your Clothes and Shoes
You’ll be amazed at how much time you can save in the morning by laying out your clothes and shoes the night before. Eliminate the number of decisions you must make first thing in the morning by making them the night before.
Prep Your Food and Drinks
Eliminate decisions surrounding your breakfast and morning beverages as well. For example, set out the ingredients for your breakfast (those that don’t require refrigeration) and fill a water bottle in the evening.
You can also prep your morning coffee by putting a capsule in the coffee machine or setting a coffee steep bag in a mug. All you have to do from here is turn on the device in the morning or add hot water!
Give Your Morning Routine a Boost Today
Do you want to supercharge your morning and set yourself up for a productive day?
Beams Co has a variety of mushroom coffees, powders, and tinctures to help you upgrade your morning coffee routine.
Check out our shop to learn more about our products or place an order!