Not everyone is a morning person. Yet if you want to breeze through your (great) day, it helps to start off with a streamlined, successful morning. Get your mind and body in a good place, and the world is your oyster. It’s only going up from here.
Plan the Night Before
If you want to greet the day feeling relaxed and in-control, do your homework. Create your to-do-list and breakfast menu before you hit the sheets. Taking 15 minutes to get organized in the evening can save you a 30 minute crisis in the morning (Where are my keys? That shirt is dirty—really?) … plus grant you invaluable serenity, so you can focus on bigger things.
What you put into your body when it’s waking up sets the tone for the next 24 hours. Now is a great time to choose quality protein (whey protein powder, eggs, Greek yogurt), healthy fats (avocado, olive oil), and complex carbs (whole-grain waffles, oatmeal). Chow down to start the day.
While you get your zzz’s, your body loses water. Wake up and replenish with fluids stat. Choose something natural like spring water or ZICO Premium Coconut Water, which will keep you hydrated with five electrolytes: magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and as much potassium as a banana. ZICO’s natural flavor is never sweetened, but it tastes refreshing and is just sweet enough..
Get in the Habit
Routines save time and energy—you won’t have to stress to figure out what to do next. If you know your morning goes something like: meditate/drink coffee/run/blend smoothie/shower/shave/brush/floss/iron … you can free your mind to focus and plan for the day ahead.
Does morning meditation sound … sleepy? Even a few minutes of meditation deeply stimulates the brain, allowing you to clear distractions from your mind and center your mental energy. Set the timer for three minutes, and start there. Focus on your breath, and when your attention wanders, as it will, gently bring it back. A three-minute respite from the onslaught of your busy mind is a glorious thing.
Now go, tackle your day. Live it up and start the day right.
Source: Men’s Health