How to Feel Refreshed in the Morning

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How to Feel Refreshed in the Morning

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A month ago, I committed to waking up everyday at 6am for hot yoga classes at 6:30am.

As with many commitments, the first week was easy. By the second week, getting out of bed became a struggle and I had to find ways to get myself up.

I’m happy to say I still wake up every morning at 6am – even on days I don’t have yoga class.

Here are a few morning tricks I discovered that prepares your body and mind for a great day.

1. Drink a giant glass of water. A morning glass of water can immediately improve concentration and alertness. Drinking water replenishes the water your body lost during your sleep, particularly if you have heating or air-conditioning on (we all know how important water is for our bodies).

Fill up your glass the night before and leave it on the night table for the morning.

2. Wake up to your favourite song. Instead of waking up to an unwelcoming alarm that sounds like a fire drill, try waking up to uplifting music.

If you need a few suggestions, here are my favourite morning songs. I use an iPhone app called Alarm Tunes Lite (free) and are similar apps for BlackBerries.

Jason Marz – Lucky
Owl City – Butterflies
Vitamin String Quartet – Hallelujah
Kna’an – Waving Flags
Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten

3. Really stretch your body. Even wiggle your bum, your fingers and toes. Your blood pools in your limbs while you sleep and a good stretch in the morning helps your blood circulate.

4. Breath deeply. Be still, take deep breaths and feel your belly rise every time you inhale. Make each inhale last for five seconds and then exhale for five seconds.

Breathing deeply gets oxygen flowing through you body before you get out of bed.

5.Be grateful for 5 things. We often wake up dreading what we have to do today or thinking about how we’d rather stay in bed instead of having to go to work.

To remind yourself that everyday is a gift, start your morning by listing 5 things you are grateful for. Health, loved ones, inspiring books, sunshine and friends are a few examples.

What do you do to wake up feeling refreshed?

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  • I wake up to “Lovely Day” in hopes that my day will be that lovely. I like the idea of drinking water. I was waking up for yoga too and same thing, fell off the wagon. Hoping to jump back on and feel refreshed in the morning :)

  • Laura

    I admire what you are doing. You sound so peaceful. I definitely need to make changes in my life for a healthier me, so I will work towards your “How To Feel Fresh In The Morning”.
    Thank you. :)
    Have a wonderful journey.
    I would love to see your web designs.

    • Thanks Laura, I wish you all the best in your journey to being a ‘healthier’ you :)
      I found that waking up happy in the morning makes such a big difference to how you carry out the rest of your day.

      If you’re interested in examples of my work, I have a mini portfolio at http://lilyleung.com/portfolio.html. Let me know if you have questions or if you need a hand setting up a blog or website :). I’m happy to assist!

  • This is some good advise. I have a difficult time waking up in the morning, and for a period I did follow some of this (drink water, stretch (I actually did yoga)) and it made a huge difference. Lately I've been wanted to get back into that routine, so your post is a nice kick in the pants.

    Could I suggest posting an RSS feed link on your site? I can't find one.

    thanks!

    • Hi Jonathan, good luck on getting a kick start to your morning and thanks for your suggestion on the RSS feed link, I’ve added one at the top right of the page.

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  • Oogway

    "To remind yourself that everyday is a gift"

    "yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."

  • fez

    6am might be a bit tough for me but I think your tips can help me aim for 7am :)