We all know that most of the time, the morning sets the mood for the day. Maybe not for the whole day, but if you start your day grumpy, it’s very probable that you are going to stay that way until lunch. Everybody has their own habits about how should they start the day. Once you’re interrupted in your routine, chaos ensues. Here are some tricks and tips on how to improve your mood and metabolism by doing as little as drinking a cup of water once you wake up.
Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
During the night our body uses up most of the water that we had the previous night. We sweat, we breathe it out, we basically go without water for 6-9 hours. Your body tries to repair and rejuvenate itself and it runs out of the basic ingredient, water. This is why it’s highly recommended that you drink a glass of water immediately after you wake up. Doing this will boost your metabolism, help your body purify itself from toxins and help with morning bowel movements. On top of this, it boosts the nutrient absorption power of the digestive system, making it easier to break down that big breakfast. Add some lemon to the water to further increase your metabolic rate and for numerous other benefits.
Adjust to your deep sleep cycles
Have you noticed that some mornings you just jump out of bed the first second the alarm goes off? Other mornings you might not even be able to open your eyes after the 10th snooze. This is because of your deep-light sleep rhythm. Now although it varies from person to person, usually during the night we go through approximately six 90 minute cycles. As you nod off, first you enter light sleep, followed by the deep sleep stage and finally you enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage where you actually dream. During the night your sleep pattern follows this exact order. Trying to wake a person up during the deep sleep phase would be almost impossible. This is why it’s recommended you try and wake up during light sleep phase. This will leave you feeling refreshed and alert. When you go to bed at night, try and calculate how many cycles would you go through, and set the alarm. Would you rather sleep 7½ hours and feel refreshed or sleep 8 and be tired the whole morning?
Rebound for 5 minutes
The lymphatic system in our body helps us get rid of toxins and most of the other waste produced . Unlike the cardiovascular system that has the heart to pump everything, the lymphatic system has to rely on gravity. This is way rebounding, or bouncing can help you kickstart your morning. It will also boost your metabolism since it’s an aerobic exercise and it’s FUN!. In case you don’t want to rebound, you can always skip rope or do the 5 Tibetan rites.
The 5 Tibetan Rites
As we mentioned earlier, the lymphatic system depends on you to kick-start it in the morning. The 5 Tibetan rites do exactly this. For 10 minutes each morning, as soon as you wake up you are supposed to do 5 exercises that will help you. Just like rebounding, it will give you the kick in the butt you need. Added extra is that these exercises also help you tone your muscles and just like any other type of yoga, bring about a sense of tranquility and peacefulness. At first you might not be able to fully perform all exercises for the full duration, but that is quite normal. As weeks go by you’ll be able to perform the full 10 minutes with ease. You can find a video explaining the exercises below:
No matter how tired or bad you feel, a single 5 minute stretching session can fix this. Unlike rebounding or yoga, stretching doesn’t directly help any specific system. It instead activates the muscles of your body, giving you a huge boost in metabolism and consequentially, mood. Activating your muscles early in the morning will help you on the long run as well. While the back muscles will keep you from getting injured, your leg muscles will continue to burn fat throughout the day. Give it a try, I am sure 20 generations of gym teachers got at least something right.
Have a healthy breakfast
Your body has depleted all of the stockpiled nutrients during the night rebuilding itself. You are going to need a lot of energy for the rest of the day as well. This is what makes breakfast one of the most important meals of the day. You would need a meal high on protein and fat. This makes eggs the perfect choice. Have a couple of eggs any way you want ’em. If you’re making an omelette don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you like best, you can cook eggs in a number of combinations. For an added boost to your mood and metabolism, drink a cup of green tea 10 minutes after you finish your breakfast. This will help you take on any challenges that might come up during the day.
Visualize and plan the day ahead
What separates the men from the legends is, according to Steve Jobs, visualization. It obviously took him a lot of practice or just came naturally to him, but it does not mean that you cannot do it too. Once you visualize your goals, it’s time to plan how are you going to achieve them. The trick is to try and plan your day ahead. Getting yourself mentally ready for the challenges of the day can help you a lot. Most of the stress that you feel during the day comes from unpredictable situations you do not have a lot of influence on. By working out the small details you might save yourself a lot of worry. Since unlike other tips in this blog, this is a mental one, you can even do this while you’re exercising or doing pretty much anything.
Do the hardest task first
Not a tip especially for the morning, it can apply in any task you tackle but applies here too. While you might be tempted to take the morning easy and leave out the hard stuff for later in the day, it might not be the smartest move. Getting the hard stuff out the way as early as possible helps you feel more accomplished during the rest of the day. It will boost your motivation and efficiency through the roof and make you feel generally more confident. Added bonus to this is, completing the less enjoyable part when you start your day will leave you with only enjoyable tasks during the rest of the day.