Written by Lori Hil

 

Morning routines. It just sounds boring doesn’t it! But, it doesn’t have to be that way. What if you could start the day in such a way that you feel energized and joyful? With some tweaks to your current morning routine, you can. Get ready to power up those mornings and go from ho-hum to I feel Alive, Vibrant, and Enthused!

It truly is possible peeps!

Did you know? There is a formula for a successful and joyful morning routine?

Fitness + Family + Funny = A Successful Morning

It’s a combination of taking care of yourself, connecting with others, and starting the day with a bit of humor. How you go about this formula is up to you, but here are some tips and ideas…

Smile Like An Idiot

One of my favorite lines from the movie ELF “I just like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.”

Smiling could become your favorite too. (Reference clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6xWZkYMQYw)

Smiling enlists the pleasure centers in your brain to get you on board for a cheerier day. It seems logical that a happy mood comes first then the smile. But, you can actually manipulate your mood by smiling first and waiting for more joy to follow.

“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”[1]

Smiling trumps chocolate? Not sure I’m convinced on that one, but still it’s an easy to perform contender, right! Turn that frown upside down and give it a go. Right now, I’ll wait. See, don’t you feel better already!

Stretch It Out

Maybe you don’t have the best mattress in the world or fell asleep in an awkward position. It happens to the best of us. You woke up tight, stiff and constricted. Not a good way to continue on your day.

Starting your day with a few simple stretches can open not only your hip flexors, but your heart. Greet the world in a flexible manner and start the day with less stress. Jump on Google and find some simple stretches you can do. There are some that you can perform right in bed before you rise. Smile…stretch, still with me?

…stretching increases your blood flow and circulation for a healthier body and sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind and sunnier moods,” says Peggy Hall, wellness expert.[2]

Hydrate Baby!

Water, water, and more water. Drinking at least two glasses of water after you get up can help cleanse the organs and set your day on a better footing. Over half of our bodies are made up of water. You have not had any of the wet stuff all night, so it’s a great time drink up.

Water can bring clarity of mind and just tastes so refreshing. Add a squeeze of lemon and max out the benefits.

One of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz (500mL) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less. [3]

 

With the possibility of weight loss and a smarter brain, who’s not on board!

Don’t Be Shallow, Breathe

I’m talking deep like your life depends on it, because it does kind of breathing. Take some calm, deep inhales through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth.

Inhale for the count of 4.

Hold for 7.

Exhale for 8.

This breathing exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.[4]

This 4-7-8 method can help your nervous system reset, so to speak. It tones down the anxiety and brings you back to the more peaceful you. And who doesn’t want to start the day more peaceful!

You don’t have to do this for long to experience the benefits. It’s a simple process and you don’t have to be a yogi or meditative guru to breathe a bit better. Deep Breathing releases endorphins and those little peptides make you feel good!

Jump Around

If you have a rebounder that is fabulous! You will get your heart rate up, boost your metabolism, and have fun. Adults can enjoy a trampoline too, after all. But, a quick HIT workout or jumping rope can also work.

The point here is to get your energy up.

Some scientist believe that it is the greatest exercise invented by man. All you have to do is to jump for 10 minutes a day on your rebounder or trampoline, and it will start working for your body that has about 60 trillion cells. When we are rebounding the gravitational pull pushes out the toxins in our body.[5]

Maybe you cannot fit in a whole workout, but who doesn’t have 10 minutes to spare! You can even go on YouTube and find 4 minute Tabata workouts that are great for getting that physical and mental energy up.

Don’t perform exercise that you absolutely hate in the mornings. What an awful way to start the day. Instead, find something quick and fun to add a bit of playfulness to your morning.

Laugh Out Loud

Find something that makes you laugh that you can enjoy in the mornings. This could be old school music videos, bloopers, funny animal videos, or reading funny memes. There is so much hysterical content on the internet for your viewing pleasure. Embrace it for a few minutes each morning and see if you aren’t in a better mood!

The benefits of laughter range from lowering high blood pressure to boosting your immunity. So go ahead and indulge in that hilarious cat video!

A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling. [6]

Connect With Your Peeps!

Family, friends, people of the internet. This is not about getting sucked down a social media rabbit hole. I’m talking genuine connection. If you live alone, it can be online, just be sure to have a real conversation. Short and sweet. A “Have a great day” to a friend or loved one is a wonderful way to send happy vibes out into the world and receive them back.

Relationships, good ones, are super important to our daily happiness and well-being.

People who have one or more close friendships appear to be happier. It doesn’t seem to matter if we have a large network of close relationships or not. What seems to make a difference is if, and how often, we cooperate in activities and share our personal feelings as well as provide support to a friend or relative. Simply put, it’s not the quantity of our relationships, but the quality that matters.[7]

Can you handle adding this list to your morning routine?

It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not. Many of these tasks can be performed quickly and get you out the door and on with your life in a much, much happier state. Cheers to Your Happy Morning!

THE CONTRIBTOR

About MeHello There, I’m Hilary aka Lori Hil, Freelance Writer and Blogger, passionate people lover, social media enthusiast, and expat abroad

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