Have you heard all the buzz recently that the way you start your day effects your entire day?
Do you have a routine in the morning that allows you to slowly wake up and get ready for your day or do you bolt out of bed when the alarm goes off?
Do you jump right into your inbox or onto social media after you get out of bed? Or maybe you start checking what you missed online from the comfort of your bed?
If so, you probably end up in reactive mode that can lead to a day full of fires that need to be put out or multi-tasking where nothing seems to get done.
When you take the time to prepare for your day by having a morning routine in place, you will decrease the chances you will get into a fight or flight mindset and find that your day flows instead of starts and stops with you chasing your tail all day long.
There are many things you can do to start your day on the right foot. It doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes.
Preparing the night before is a great way to make sure you have time to do a morning routine. For example, take a few minutes the night before to write out your schedule, to do list for the next day, pick out the clothes you will be wearing, and prepare your snacks and/or lunch.
Decide on one thing you are going to do that will be calming and help you focus when you first wake up in the morning. It could be journaling, meditating, or stretching for a few minutes after getting out of bed and before you start to get dressed.
Our favorite morning routine takes only 2 minutes.
This routine, “Wake Up Series”, can be done at your kitchen sink while your morning cup of coffee or tea brews. It has many benefits.
It will not only help you have 20-30% more energy throughout the day but it will help rehydrate your tissue after sleep, improve the circulation and elasticity of your tissue, and improve your mobility and posture.
Let’s try it.
Grab a big glass of water to start rehydrating your body and follow the sequence below while your morning coffee or tea brews.
NOTE: you should not have any PAIN when doing these movements. Don’t force your body into any of these positions! Be gentle, breathe and you will feel the tissue lengthening and letting go and turning on your core muscles.
PUSH CAR POSITION:
HALF LUNGE POSITION:
FULL SQUAT POSITION:
SIDE LUNGE POSITION:
TABLE DOG POSITION:
CHEST STRETCH POSITION:
Definitely start your day with this 2 minute morning routine but know that you can do it throughout the day if you need a quick pick me up.
Any counter, desk, doorway, or sink will do.
Now go enjoy your coffee or tea and finish getting ready for your day.
Make it a great one!
Mollie & Ender
Mollie Miller, PT