We all have that one colleague who shows up at the office fresh-faced and beaming from ear to ear—all while you’re still struggling to shake the sleepy fog from your head. You too can be a so-called “morning person.” All you need to do is try these 10 easy tips and turn them into a daily routine.
Yes, it’s that simple. According to behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson, “each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” Biologically speaking, smiling causes you to release hormones like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin into your system. Start smiling as soon as you wake up, and you’re giving yourself a natural mood-enhancer that could last the entire day.
We already hear you thinking: who has time for this in the morning? But the truth is, meditating doesn’t have to be difficult nor time-consuming, and it has the power to focus you and keep you positive.
3. Develop an attitude of gratitude
To quote Harvard Medical School’s blog, “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Try writing down 3 things you are thankful for before leaving the house each day—you’ll notice that you feel lighter when you focus on the things you do have, rather than the things you don’t.
The mind is not the only thing that needs a positive boost in the morning. Drinking a glass of lukewarm water 20 minutes before you have breakfast gets your digestive system running and flushes out toxins, perfect for your energy flow.
5. Take a cold shower
Brrrr...yeah, we feel you. But hear us out: turning your shower from hot to cold for the last 20 seconds increases your oxygen intake, which in turn causes your heart to beat faster. This releases a rush of blood through your entire body which provides a natural energy boost. A small price to pay for being super energised and ready to take on the day, right?
Some days are more overwhelming than others. Rather than stressing out about everything you need to get done during a difficult one, write down the top 3 things you want to complete before the end of the day—this will help alleviate stress and fatigue.
7. Wear perfume
It has been scientifically proven that scent has a tremendous effect on our emotions. To start your day on a positive, energetic note, spray a bit of happiness in the air. We suggest The Ritual of Happy Buddha body mist with the uplifting scent of sweet orange and cedar wood.
8. Get moving
Exercise, like smiling, releases endorphins into your blood stream, waking you up and enhancing your mood. This yoga routine was specially designed by our expert Laura to get you grinning in the morning.
9. Eat a healthy breakfast
While many of us skip this essential step in favour of a few extra minutes of sleep, we’re doing ourselves a real disservice. Namely, eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and stabilizes your blood sugar: both things which are scientifically proven to make you feel happier and more energetic. Need some inspiration? Check out this delicious recipe for a breakfast smoothie bowl.
10. Crank up your tunes
Music does for the ears what scent does for the nose—it has the power to make us feel things more intensely. While you’re getting ready for work in the morning, try putting on this Spotify playlist, which we created for the sole purpose of putting a smile on your face.