From getting a good night’s sleep to switching up your breakfast habits (with a little help from Frobishers juices) we’ve got some top tips to help you kickstart your day the right way.
Lots of us have been working from home for the last 18 months and for many, it’s time to head back to the office. If you’ve managed to keep a pretty sturdy morning routine over the last year and a half, well done to you! But for most, it’s time to have a re-think and shape some new habits.
Your morning routine plays a big part in how your day pans out. Starting off your morning in a positive and productive way can get you motivated for the day ahead. It can be tempting to hit the snooze button and check your social media when you wake up, but we’re here with some top tips to help inspire a new morning routine that might just make your day!
Enjoy a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day', and for good reason! Eating a healthy breakfast can help to keep you focused for the rest of the day as it gives your brain the energy it needs. It also balances your blood sugar levels to prevent those tired spells.
We understand that breakfast isn’t for everyone. A lot of people would rather skip this meal or just grab a quick snack on the way to work, but it can be very beneficial to try and make time in the morning to whip yourself up a healthy, nutritious breakfast.
You might be pleased to know that eating breakfast actually jump-starts your metabolism, which helps your body to burn calories quicker throughout the day. If you’re not a breakfast fan, take a look at some of these healthy breakfast ideas.
Our Juices are also perfect for breakfast time! They are delicious, super convenient and we offer so many different flavours so you have plenty of choice.
We would highly recommend apple, orange, or grapefruit to accompany your breakfast. Our carefully selected fruits are bashed and bottled ready to be enjoyed. You can build a custom box of 12 or 24 soft drinks and have it delivered to your door on any day of your choice.
But before you switch up your breakfast routine, what else can you do to make sure you start your day right?
Plan a good night’s sleep
How you feel in the morning often stems from how you curated your bedtime. If you’re experiencing extreme tiredness in the mornings, maybe you should consider what could be contributing to this. Firstly, make sure you’re going to bed early enough to reach the recommended 7 hours of sleep. This amount depends on the person, but use 7 hours as your guideline. Avoid caffeine, sugary food or drink, and alcohol before you go to bed. These stimulants will disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling unsatisfied when you wake up in the morning.
If you're still struggling to drift off, try some breathing exercises before you go to bed. There are plenty of different ones out there, and we would recommend taking a look at this article to find one that works for you. It’s also important to make sure you're not overstimulating your brain from activities such as going on your phone or watching TV before you try to get to sleep. A lot of us like to watch an episode or two in the evenings to switch off and relax. But late night TV watching can disrupt your internal body clock and stimulate your brain. Read more about why watching TV before bed can reduce your sleep quality here.
Stop hitting snooze - It messes with your sleep cycle
We’ve all felt the temptation to hit the snooze button in the morning (some of us more than others). It’s not a huge issue if you want to get a few extra minutes of shut-eye in the morning, but hitting the snooze button on a regular basis is only going to have a negative impact on your body and your sleep cycle.
In order to understand why hitting snooze can be so detrimental to your body, you need to understand your sleep cycle, which you can read about here. But essentially, it will leave you feeling groggy and irritable. It’s easier said than done, especially if you're not a morning person, but you’re much better off getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Maybe try putting your phone or alarm in another room so you have to get up to turn it off.
Wake up your body with gentle exercise
Starting your morning off with a gentle form of exercise such as yoga, stretching, or a walk can instantly calm you. Activities such as morning yoga can increase your blood flow and oxygen levels. It also helps to lower blood pressure and stress hormones in the body so you can be ready to start your day with a clear, calm head. If you’re pushed for time in the morning, try some of these simple stretches to get the blood flowing around the body and help you to feel energised.
Set aside some time just for you
Life can be busy. We’re all juggling a lot and sometimes this can get a bit overwhelming. If we don’t pause for a minute, that’s when stress starts to build up. Long-term stress can contribute to all sorts of health issues. Our bodies release the hormone cortisol into the bloodstream when we feel stressed which can increase heart rate and blood pressure.
It's easy to get caught up in the routines of everyday life, spending time looking after children, working, completing chores, or looking at our phones. So take that small segment of time in the morning to focus on yourself.
There are plenty of ways you can spend this alone time, but choose something that balances your emotions and clears your mind. Here are some of our favourites…
- Gentle exercise
- Make a cup of tea
- Get some fresh air
What healthy habits would you like to adopt as part of your morning routine?