You’ve probably heard it before: successful people rise early, helping them accomplish more than it seems humanly possible. While it’s a common piece of advice to get up early in order to seize the day, you may be wondering what exactly you’re supposed to be doing during those early morning hours. Simply put: you should be doing something that boosts your spirits and gets you ready for the rest of the day.
From taking care of your body to feeding your soul, here are some tips for starting off every day energized, happy, and ready for success.
1. Daydream about success
If you set your alarm early enough, you’ll have a little time to wake without needing to rush out of bed. That can give you a few minutes to think about what you want to accomplish for the day, how you’re going to accomplish those things, and how good you’ll feel when you’ve done them.
2. Exercise before your breakfast
You’re probably well aware that exercise can help you stay slim and improve your health. Not only that, though, but regular exercise releases endorphins which can help to keep your spirits lifted. The timing of your workout can also make a difference in terms of your overall size. According to research published by Northumbria University in 2013, exercising in the morning before breakfast can help you burn up to 20 percent more fat. When your suits are fitting a little better, that’s sure to boost your spirits, right? Drink some water before you work out, though, as that can help to cut down on the dehydration your body is experiencing from the night of sleep. Plus, water will get you energized.
3. Get some sun
Spend a few minutes in the sun every morning – or when that’s not possible, use a full-spectrum light. Exposure to the sun in the morning will trigger your body’s nightly production of melatonin, helping you to get better sleep at night. That exposure to morning light can also help to prevent against seasonal depression, PMS and insomnia, suggests a paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives in 2008.
4. Eat a protein-filled breakfast
When you eat a breakfast containing protein and you skip the sugar-filled one, you’re setting yourself up for a good day. Fueling your body in that way can help to prevent blood sugar imbalances later in the day, which could force you to turn to sugar or caffeine to make it through the day.
5. Read something inspirational
Instead of turning on the TV to catch the morning news – or reading the newspaper – read something that will bring you joy. The news is usually filled with stories of crime and despair, and that’s not going to be good for your spirit. If you must read the news, save it for later. In the morning, read a book of your favorite quotes, an article about spiritual guidance, or something else that you truly enjoy.
Meditation has so many benefits, including calming the mind, giving you space to evaluate your life, and cutting down on the negative thinking that can derail your efforts at success. Even if just for a few minutes, it can help start your day off right. You might even combine it with your morning sun time, if the weather cooperates. Whether you do yoga, sit and meditate quietly, or you use a guided meditation recording to help you, the benefits can include reduced stress, better health, and a mind more ready to cope with the challenges of the day.
Ideally, your morning ritual will include at least a few of these tactics – if not all of them – to ensure that you start each day with a happy, lively spirit.