I recently read a really interesting article about how some of the world’s most productive and influential women all have one thing in common. They all get up really early (some before 5am), in order to do this they go to bed early too. I love getting into bed by 10pm, ready to rise bright and early without needing to hit the snooze button.
Here are my top tips for better ways to start your days to leave you feeling happier, more refreshed, and of course, healthier!
Now that the sun is rising so gloriously early, there’s no reason not to get a little Vitamin D before work. Whether it’s walking to the next tube stop along, making an early morning coffee dash, or heading out for a walk or run. Apparently, morning light helps sync your body clock, making you feel more awake!
If you really can’t get outside, at least make sure the curtains and windows are open around your house to brighten your mood.
If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a week, you’ll know that I love to workout first thing in the morning. It wakes me up, gives me so many endorphins to carry with me throughout the day, plus I generally make healthier food choices after exercising. Working out in the morning boost metabolism, and apparently improves daily activity compared to evening exercisers!
Eat some protein
Add a portion of protein into your brekkie, whether that’s a protein smoothie, eggs, Greek yogurt or a handful of nuts. Protein helps your body feel fuller for longer, as well as balancing blood sugar levels, especially when it’s paired with some healthy fats.
Most of us reach for a cup of tea or coffee first thing, which can be really dehydrating to our already thirsty body. Pair your morning latte with a big glass of water, or better yet, begin the day with a hot water and lemon. So refreshing and cleansing.
Connect with others
Meet up for a breakfast date, schedule a workout with a friend or just send someone you love a text. I find that seeing others, and making cheerful conversation makes me happier throughout the day. Especially if you live in an city full of anonymous strangers, feeling like you’re loved can put a genuine smile on your face, making you ready to face the day ahead.