7 Amazing Ways to Start Your Day Strong Apr 27, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

When you wake up feeling rushed and frazzled, it’s hard to start the day on the right foot. But how do we avoid feeling so rushed in the mornings? There are simple changes to your morning routine that can help lessen any pre-work anxiety and launch your day more easily. Here are seven simple ways to get your morning off to a great start.

7. Wake Up Earlier

We're serious. It's simple, if you're always rushed in the morning you need to wake up a bit earlier. It does take some time, but it’s just a matter of shifting your personal time to the early morning rather than the late night. Try and enjoy it! If you’re a trained night owl because you like the quiet and peacefulness that comes with late nights, you’ll also love the quiet that also comes with early mornings. Of course, the ideal time to wake up varies from person to person and has a lot to do with circadian rhythm. Ideally, civil twilight is the best time for most people to wake up (when the horizon is clearly visible, but you would need to use artificial light to see other objects clearly). However that time changes throughout the year so it would be easier some months rather than others.

6. Drink Water and Lemon

Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon when you first wake up in the morning has a variety of benefits and is an excellent way to get your body kick-started for the day. You want the water to be warm so it’s not a huge shock to your senses, even room temperature would be ok. The lemon helps start your digestive system so that it gets prepared for the day’s work, and water is crucial because you’ve been asleep for so long your body is actually dehydrated. Water will help your body wake up naturally, it should be the first thing you consume as soon as you wake up. When you drink water on an empty stomach, it helps to clear the colon making it easier for nutrients to absorb into the body. It also increases production of new blood and muscle cells, it helps to purge toxins from the blood which keeps your skin looking young and clear and it contributes to balance your lymph system (the lymph system helps to perform your daily functions such as balancing body fluids and fight infections).

5. Create A Stretching Routine

Stretching is a great way to wake your muscles up and get them prepared for the day ahead. Before attempting a stretching routine make sure it’s conducive to your current level of fitness and don’t push yourself too hard that you cause injury. You could do a short morning yoga routine to get your blood flowing or an entire exercise routine, but if you aren’t exercising at the moment opt to start your day with some simple stretches until that eventually becomes a habit. When you first start stretching it doesn’t matter how long or how intense you get with it, just as long as you do it. If you only have a few minutes then use those minutes to stretch. You’ll find it gets easier over time and it will make you feel so good you’ll want to do more and more of it.

4. Dry Brush Your Body

Dry brushing your body is an Ayurvedic practice that helps improve your circulation and get rid of dead skin cells. You want a brush that is good at exfoliating but not one that is too rough that it leaves your skin sore. A dry loofa or an actual dry brush is the best options for this routine, but you could also opt for a softer brush and just apply more pressure to ensure it’s not going to hurt you. When dry brushing your body, you want to ensure that all movements go in a circular motion from the outside of your body towards your heart. You want to do this before you get into the shower so that you can wash away everything it has taken off for you. There are multiple benefits that come along with dry brushing such as improvements in the lymphatic system (which is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products). It helps to increase circulation to your skin (which encourages elimination of metabolic waste), it aids in reducing cellulite by softening the hard fat deposits under the skin and helps to distribute the fat deposits more evenly, it reduces stress as the act of dry brushing has been described as being therapeutic and it also improves digestion and kidney function as massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. 

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