Most mornings I wake up drink a cup of coffee or tea and do like most people, browse social media and check the news. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how counterproductive this was to trying to start my day positively.
First off, let’s start with the caffeine. Of course, I already knew it’s bad for me but what I didn’t know was how it was effecting my body’s start for the day. Naturally, our body naturally releases a hormone called cortisol throughout our day. In the morning, it wakes us up and makes us feel alert.
Also, when the body is stressed, our cortisol levels rise. Serotonin levels tend to drop as a result of high cortisol levels too which makes us feel sluggish or dull. Exactly the opposite of what im trying to achieve in the morning!
My new routine has been modified to stay on track to living a positive and stress free life. Here’s what I looks like:
- Pray or meditate to ground myself and decide on a positive affirmation for the day
- Get out of bed & open up my window shades in the house
- Read a chapter in my kindle book or an inspiring article online
- Brush my teeth, and wash my face
- Drink glass of fruit juice or smoothie
My son wakes up around 8-9 most mornings so I still need something to get myself energized for our homeschool day. Orange juice is great for boosting energy so I make sure to include that in my morning drinks. I’ve been keeping this routine for a few days now and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Have you adjusted your morning routine since the New Year? Let us know 🙂