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Some mornings everything goes right. You wake up before your alarm goes off. Your morning jog feels like playtime. The coffee tastes better. And there is no traffic on your way into the office. And when you sit down to get to work, you feel like you could conquer the world.
Think back to how you calmed yourself down the last time you got caught in a traffic nightmare or public transport breakdown. One of the most productive things you can do to start your day on the right foot should actually happen before you go to sleep the dayGoodwin says — make a plan. It helps to plan the small things that might slow you down, she adds. Having trouble tuning worries out and turning your brain off? Try journaling or coloring. Both activities have the same effect as meditation. And turning in at night and waking up in the morning at the same time everyday is one of the big ways you help keep your circadian rhythm running smoothly, Goel explains.
Since our circadian rhythms play such a big role in regulating energy levels and metabolism, keeping your sleep schedule regulated is one of the most key things you can do to feel energized and ready to wake up morning after morning, she says.
Add lemon, ice or cucumber — or just drink it straight up. It also starts your metabolism on the right foot since the body relies on water to keep all your digestive processes running smoothly. Some people might not necessarily feel an energy boost from meditating, but because it helps us to think more effectively and efficiently, it should make for a much more productive day. Try journaling or coloring, Goodwin suggests. Both activities have the same effect as meditation, she says — to calm you down, slow down and focus your thinking and let inspire you to think more creatively.
Muster the energy to start sweating first thing and it will reward you. Read: that early jog or spin class is giving your brain a natural high and an energy boost.
Plus, endorphins can reduce stress hormones, too — helping you start your day unfettered and in control. Want to make that early workout work even harder for you? Do it outside in the sun. And conversely, experts know that not being exposed to enough natural light throughout the day can trigger mood problems like depression and low energy. Studies show that using specifically timed bright light therapy with an artificial bright light can yield some of the same benefits for your body clock as the sun does, if getting natural light is not an option — particularly for people with mood disorders, circadian rhythm disorders or jet lag.
If a cup of java — or tea — starts your morning on the right foot, have your caffeine in the morning, Goel says.
Food is where your body gets energy — so it makes sense that starting your day with food is one of the most energizing things you can do. Our metabolism works better earlier in the day, Goel explains. That means that the body is better able to turn the calories you eat into energy that you can use in the morning, she says.
Recent research from her team backs this up, showing that eating bigger meals later in the day was linked to more weight gain and higher cholesterol — and actually harmed the way the body breaks down fat. She suggests eating within about two hours of waking up. Set up a run date with a friend. Take the time to eat breakfast with your family. Being with people you like and love can serve up a big boost to our mood and energy levels, Goodwin says. Just keep in mind that stressful interactions with family and friends do the opposite — and can curtail productivity and your mood quickly, Goodwin adds.
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