What we do in the morning affects how energized and ready to tackle the day we feel throughout the entire day. Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, making a few simple tweaks to your routine can make all the difference in your daily energy levels.
Getting out in the natural light resets your circadian rhythm, telling it it’s time to wake up. It also triggers the release of serotonin, which will be converted to melatonin at night and help you fall asleep faster. If you can’t get out in the sun, try a 10k lux light lamp for 20 minutes as soon as you wake up.
Exercise releases feel-good hormones like cortisol and serotonin, and it boosts core body temperature for an energizing kick. Plus, vigorous exercise in the morning will keep you from crashing later that evening from suppressed melatonin production.
A daily gratitude practice reduces stress hormones and helps us appreciate the people and things in our lives. If you’re not familiar with this technique, start by taking a few minutes each morning before getting out of bed to think about one person or thing you’re grateful for.
Setting up your sleep schedule and waking up at a set time is key to regulating your energy levels and falling asleep on time each night. You can also get ahead by preparing for the next day the night before – whether that’s ironing clothes, packing lunches, or setting out your outfit and shoes to help you breeze through the morning rush.