Monday through Friday I need some extra motivation to get me out of bed and get me going. I’m assuming you might need some motivation too. So, instead of a shot of caffeine with a sidekick of jitters and nervous energy maybe we can try something new?!
The first 5 minutes of my morning usually set the tone for my day, so I’m not going to wake up and immediately grab my phone and start checking emails or IG. Well, I am going to grab my phone and shut the alarm off, but after that I’m tossing that baby to the side. OK, who am I kidding? I’m going to set my timer for a 5 minute countdown and bust out a morning routine. Let’s do this!
DAY 1: 5 minutes of calm breathing. I’m relaxing my body, yet somehow I feel more awake and more in touch with my surroundings. Deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. Sometimes eyes open, sometimes eyes closed. Just focus on the breath. I’ll admit, it’s tough not to fall back asleep, but if you really just focus on breathing, a meditative calm takes over and helps to get you up and out of bed and ready for action.
DAY 2: 5 minutes of exercise. I’m not talking a full on workout here, just enough to get the juices flowing. Start with 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 30 seconds of high knees, 30 seconds of push ups and 30 seconds of a forearm plank. Repeat. Then stretch for one minute – I suggest toe touches and a standing quad stretch. This builds up the heart rate and wakes you up like a punch in the face.
DAY 3: 5 minute cold shower. Alright, this one stings a little, but it works. The water doesn’t have to be super cold, but it needs to be cold enough that you kind of don’t want to get in, but you do anyway. Feeling the cold water first thing when waking up is going to constrict your blood vessels and get that body pumped up and alert. Also, it closes the pores on the skin. So win win.
DAY 4: 5 minutes of writing. This is purely inspirational writing and sometimes even a grocery list! Sleep with a journal next to the bed and first thing in the morning write down any dreams you had, how you are feeling in the exact moment you are in, what you want to accomplish during the day and a little one liner (or two) of gratitude. It’s nice to come back to that page at night before you go to sleep and reread what you wrote. You may even notice that you forgot some things that were worth remembering - like a dream or a good feeling.
DAY 5: 5 minutes of dancing. That’s right, break out those dancing shoes because I want you to jump out of bed first thing in the morning and put on your favorite pandora/spotify/radio station and dance your ass off. If you need to wear headphones so you don’t wake up the kids I totally understand, but if you can play loud music and dance like a maniac then go for it. This doesn’t have to be some awesome choreographed routine, just start moving and shaking. Fire up those neurons and touch receptors. It’s fun, playful and a great way to start the day. Plus, if you really get your heart rate up you might burn a couple of extra calories.
OK, so while I still love my coffee and can’t live without it, I did find that trying other options made me feel a little bit better about myself. I wasn’t obsessed with staring at my phone first thing in the morning and catching up on what Instagram did during the 7-8 hours I was sleeping. It felt great not to open my phone and start replying to emails before I even wiped the crust out of my eyes. This actually might become a daily ritual for me. BUT, on the weekends I’m sleeping in - and don’t be surprised if you find me cuddling with my cup of joe! Did you try any of these? How did it work for you? Can’t wait to read your comments!