Elias Pelcastre

Rise and shine to habit-stacking

The idea of waking up in the early morning and being productive does not sound appealing to a lot of people.

The sound of the alarm clock waking you up, knowing you can only hit snooze a certain number of times before you can no longer resist the imperative day that lies ahead, is dreadful. No one likes to be woken up before they are ready.

There probably isn’t a single person on this planet that wakes up in the morning and says, “ You know what, I’ve had enough sleep.”

Although the first step out of the warm, comfy covers is the worst part about getting up, at least the hardest part of the day is over (hopefully).

People should start thinking about the morning in a more positive way. The most successful people develop morning habits before they start their day. People are substantially more productive in the mornings than they are at any other point in the day.

This is why habit stacking in the morning is extremely beneficial. In the first 30 to 60 minutes of being woken from your slumber, you can start your day off on the right foot and set up a positive path for the rest of your day to follow.

Here are some good ways to start your day:

Drink a glass of water.

This will fire up your metabolism, keep you hydrated, help your body flush out toxins, give your brain fuel and will help curb your appetite. When you sleep, your body is not able to do any of these things. Drinking water first thing in the morning is a definite must.

 

Stretch.

You really should be doing this throughout the day because a lot of people sit in front of a computer screen at their 9 to 5 jobs and develop bad posture along the way. Stretching will help you feel more relaxed in the midst of a rushed morning. It also increases blood flow to all parts of the body—including your brain. After being asleep for around 8 hours, this is an important step not to be missed. Adequate blood flow will help sharpen your senses and cognitive functions to prepare you for the day ahead.

 

Meditate.

Just a few minutes in the morning should be put aside for this. We don’t take enough time for ourselves. We usually are rushing to get ready in the morning, hit traffic on our way to work, then work for the next 8 hours, come home, eat, and lounge around until we fall asleep and repeat the cycle all over again. Meditating in the morning can help us keep a calm and relaxed demeanor throughout the day. Instead of jump-starting our day in a rush, waking up a few minutes early to meditate can put our hectic minds at ease. It will also help us develop a healthy habit to meditate more frequently throughout the day. You can wake up on the bright side, enhance your awareness throughout the day, and prevent stress.

 

Eat a nutritious breakfast.

When we are rushed, we tend to grab a quick-fix meal that doesn’t really satisfy any of our bodily needs. Eating a fruit bowl, eggs, yogurt, granola, or something along those lines will give our brain and body the fuel it needs to function most efficiently throughout the day. Try to steer clear of donuts, sugary cereal, French toast, or other food options that are essentially empty carbs and don’t do much good for our bodies in the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal. Getting up early to make sure we eat well is worth the few minutes of sleep we are exchanging for it. It will also help boost your metabolism to eat in the morning.

 

Exercise.

This is for the super proactive early birds. It is understandable that not everyone has time for this because this one requires getting up a few hours earlier rather than the few minutes the other habits require. But exercising in the morning is actually proven to burn more calories than exercising at any other point in the day. It boosts your heart rate, wakes you up, and starts your day with a heavy release of endorphins. It also can serve as a substitute for meditation if you work out alone. One of the main objectives for the meditative practice is having “me time”. Going on a run in the morning will allow you to have that time to yourself and can help your mind rid of the collected thoughts that may be stressing you out.

 

Write.

Writing is a therapeutic practice. One piece of advice that has come up over and over again is to write non-stop for ten minutes in the morning. You can write about absolutely anything. Just set the timer and write. It will allow your stream of consciousness to be released on paper first thing in the morning, which can help omit the stressful thoughts that are hidden in the crevices of your mind. This can also help you become a better writer, which everyone can benefit from. Writing in the morning also jump-starts your brain to get your juices flowing. This will help keep your mind focused and sharp.

There are many other things people can do in the morning that will help keep them organized and stress-free the rest of the day. Whatever your routine consists of, even if you only pick up one habit from this list (or something equally beneficial that is not on this list), it is very advantageous to have a morning routine. Stack those habits bright and early to make the most out of your day because you might not have time for these things later.