If you’re not a morning person, you may be missing out on some untapped hours of productivity at dawn. According to one Gallup poll, about half of Americans say they’re at their personal best in the morning. This is when they’re the sharpest, quickest and most engaged during work, exercise and socializing. The same survey showed that more high income earners consider themselves “morning people.”
But that doesn’t mean hope is lost for the other half! Those of us who perform better in the afternoon, evening or late-night hours can make a few minor tweaks to optimize the early hours and become morning people for good. From simple things like adding electrolyte powder to your smoothies to creating a pump-you-up playlist that gets you going, it’s not hard to add some excitement to the a.m. hours. Here are some more great ways to do it:
- Enhance Your Morning Brew — A hot cup of coffee is a stimulating way to get you out of bed in the morning. If you have a special drink you like from your favorite coffee shop, consider investing in the accouterments needed to make it at home. New gear — a home espresso machine, perhaps — or fancy ingredients are all you need to make a not-so-basic cup of joe. Plus, it may save you some cash if it prevents you from buying coffee every day.
- Blend Up a Fresh Fruit Smoothie —A tasty smoothie is another awesome motivator and one that you can use to the advantage of your health goals. Blend up a cup with energy-boosting fruits and veggies, such as bananas, berries, yogurt, oats and greens. Take it up a notch by adding some supplemental protein or nutrition to the mix. Adding electrolytes or multi-collagen protein powder will help set you up for a day of feeling your best.
- Make a Playlist that Gets You Going — Studies show that music has the ability to boost your mood, reduce stress and ease anxiety. That’s why you should keep it playing all day long, starting the second you wake up! In the morning, put on a playlist that’s high-energy but not overstimulating. Some upbeat low-fi or jazz will get you moving and put you in a better mood.
- Light a Candle and Take Your Time — So often, we find ourselves rushing to get out the door. The time constraint adds stress to an already stressful situation. To improve your morning routine, slow things down a bit. If you have somewhere to be, get up early to make sure you’ve got as much time as you need to slow the pace and stop the rushing. Lighting a calming candle can help you remember to take it easy.
- Start the Day Hydrated — If you struggle to drink water in the morning, consider starting it off with some hydration capsules that contain a mix of electrolytes that replenish the ones you’ll use up as you go about your busy day. Electrolytes are minerals that produce ions in the body which help keep you feeling your best. Without them, you’re more likely to feel dehydrated, tired, confused and moody. Keeping them in balance will help ensure that you feel top-notch throughout the day, no matter what’s on the schedule.
- Stay on “Do Not Disturb” — Do you ever wake up feeling overwhelmed by notifications? The flurry of texts, emails, news alerts and tweets is enough to send you into a stressful spiral. Ideally, your phone should be set to “do not disturb” mode during your sleeping hours. If you’d like to infuse a little more peace into your morning, keep it on DND until you’re ready to tackle everything.
- Open the Day with a Brain Teaser —A little brain teaser in the morning is a great way to get your creativity flowing and let the brain know that it’s time to start thinking. Wordle is one of our favorites, but there are plenty of stimulating daily teasers out there that will help warm up the neural pathways for the day. Finish your puzzle over a hot cup of coffee. What could be better?
- Meditate and Say Your Mantra — If you’ve never dabbled in meditation, trust us when we say it’s worth your time. In fact, studies link the art of meditation to better mood, focus and productivity, not to mention lowered risk of heart disease and other awesome health benefits. And it doesn’t take a ton of time! Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to recenter and focus on yourself.
- Don’t Forget the Affirmations — Sometimes, it just takes saying it out loud for you to believe in yourself! Each morning, repeat to yourself a few positive affirmations. It could be something as simple as “I am worthy of good things” — yes, you are! — or “I am making a difference in someone’s life.” Home in on the things you tend to forget throughout the day, especially as they relate to your confidence and aptitude. Repeat them to yourself as necessary when they start to slip out of the forefront of your mind.
Whether you’re trying to become a card-carrying morning person or simply want to make the morning hours a little bit more enjoyable, the above tips will help you get there with minimal effort. When you’ve got an exciting new routine to look forward to, getting out of bed will be the best part of your day!