A morning routine sets the course for a good day. If you consciously design it, adapting it to your tastes and needs, you ensure that you will enjoy more concentration and energy until night.
Your alarm clock is already ringing for the tenth time, you manage to get up and sleepily go to the shower, then you make yourself a quick coffee (not quite awake yet, the smile hasn’t appeared on your face) and, thermos in hand, you arrive just in time to catch the bus… This can be a typical start to the day and it leaves a lot to be desired. If you are willing to improve it, we offer you some suggestions.
A PERFECT AND VITALIZING MORNING ROUTINE STEP BY STEP
The first hours are key to the development of a good day. A proper morning routine can help avoid tiredness and a bad mood and encourage us to offer the best of ourselves. The day will be more conscious, more relaxed and more productive.
While the same tips won’t work for everyone, we’ve rounded up some ideas to help you create your own personal morning wellness routine. The key is that you find it motivating, feasible and useful.
1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
A successful morning routine begins the night before, that is, by going to bed on time. Only people who get enough sleep are fit and productive the next day. An adult person needs between seven and nine hours to achieve it.
The regular schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times seven days a week (yes, also on Saturday and Sunday) makes the body’s biological cycles stabilize, sleep is deeper and more restful, and in the morning one wakes up rested
Set the hours so that you have enough time to eat breakfast, shower, and move about calmly.
2. SAY NO TO SNOOZE
Experience shows that if we know that the alarm clock is going to ring again, we will stop it once, twice or three times before getting up. And the minutes that pass are no longer restful sleep, but wasted time.
Not only is it wasted time, going back to sleep for a few minutes alters the normal process of transition from sleep to wakefulness, which entails changes in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. The consequence is that we can feel tired the rest of the day.
It’s best to open your eyes wide and start stretching after the first ring. This signals to your body that the day is about to begin. Something similar happens in sports. A runner only starts training after warming up.
3. STAY “IN AIRPLANE MODE” DURING YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Often the first thing you do in the morning is turn on your phone and check your social media. It makes more sense to ignore the mobile, just like the laptop and the television.
Often the morning routine is one of those few moments throughout the day that you have to enjoy alone. Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram company tend to distract you. It can help you to activate the airplane mode of the mobile phone at night or simply turn it off completely.
You can set a time after which you should check your emails, messages, and news. Before that, the phone must be taboo.
4. BEFORE EATING SOMETHING, BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Brush your teeth before eating or drinking anything. According to the traditional Indian healing method Ayurveda, the body gets rid of toxins at night and eliminates them through the mouth. If you reach for the coffee pot immediately after getting up, these toxins that are in the mouth will go directly to your body.
5. DRINK WATER
After brushing your teeth, wait about half an hour, and then drink a large glass of warm water. It is often recommended is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. After six to eight hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated and needs to replenish fluids. A good dose of water makes your body alert and fit. It is a good idea to add a few drops of lemon juice.
6. LIGHT WAKES YOU UP
Your body responds to changes in light. Darkness greatly favors melatonin sleep hormone is released. Instead, in the morning, light cuts melatonin. Therefore, immediately after getting up, open all the curtains and blinds and let the light into the room. If it’s still dark outside at the time you need to wake up, a daylight lamp can help.
7. CREATE A PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
For many people, the immediate environment affects their inner workings. Therefore, make sure that your bedroom is tidy and that you feel comfortable in it. This calms you down during your morning routine and prevents stimuli and thoughts that revolve around tidying up.
8. FIND THE SILENCE
Take at least five minutes to practice mindfulness, meditate, or just watch your thoughts. In this way, you will sharpen your awareness and you will be grateful for it the rest of the day.
You can also reserve half an hour to do things that you would leave for another time or that you would do quickly. Read an inspiring book or an article from a magazine or a newspaper for example. You can also write down your focus for the day or three things you are grateful for.
9. LEAVE SOME TIME FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
Exercise helps many people start the day with more energy. Twenty minutes of yoga, jogging, or some stretching exercises are enough.
10. DO NOT SKIP THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY
Take time for a healthy and hearty breakfast. Their preparation can also be a conscious part of your morning routine. It can be a delicious muesli with seasonal fruit or wholemeal bread with vegetable pate. You can complete it, for example, with green tea and freshly made homemade juice.
For many women, the days begin as a race against time. They rush out of the house with their hair still damp from the shower, their skin dry and their eyelids swollen.
A cup of coffee seems to be your only resource to get a little more energy at those hours when the body is required to go from rest to action in a short time.
But you can start the day much better and it is worth trying it because it changes the way you face the day.
It is about turning daily hygiene and skin care routines into a beauty and well-being ritual, a moment that deserves attention because it is dedicated to one’s own body, to oneself.
If it is not possible to carry out this routine every day, you can at least try it from time to time, or on weekends, for pleasure.
The recipe for looking good in the morning is above all sleeping the necessary hours. Sleep, more than creams, is what allows the skin to regenerate; in fact, night treatments only support this natural process.
Washing your face when you wake up removes accumulated dirt, dead cells and sebaceous secretions, and prepares the ground for any subsequent treatment to be more effective.
The essential is the moisturizer, but you can also apply to regenerate serums, sunscreens or cosmetics designed to fade the marks of sleep, smooth the skin, and reduce puffiness under the eyes. For this, in many cases, coffee seeds are used , with an energizing action.
11. DRY BRUSH
Before getting into the shower, you can dry brush your body to exfoliate dead skin cells and activate circulation and the lymphatic system. The latter helps to eliminate toxins and stimulate the immune system.
All you need is a soft, natural bristle, long-handled brush to reach the least accessible areas. A horsehair glove may also serve.
12. TAKE AN INVIGORATING SHOWER
Taking a shower in the morning, even if it is not long, is an effective way to awaken the senses and activate circulation. It is highly advisable to finish the shower with cold water.
Five minutes of dry massage before showering, with a soft brush or a horsehair glove, revitalize circulation and stimulate lymphatic flow, therefore, in addition to detoxifying, they serve to prevent and improve cellulite…
The massage is carried out with circular movements, always in the direction of the heart : downwards when brushing the shoulders and upper part of the back and upwards in the arms and legs.
For the shower, it is preferable not to use very hot water, which dries out the skin and weakens the tissues. One option is to conclude it with a brief application of cold water, after which the organism reacts by activating blood and lymphatic circulation…
Gels with mild foaming agents are recommended. Surfactants that come from sugar, for example, respect the skin balance and are 100% biodegradable.
With the skin still moist, a vegetable oil rich in essential fatty acids can be spread over the body, which protects the skin and leaves it soft and velvety.
13. MAKE YOURSELF A LEMON DRINK
A good way to start the day is to prepare a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon. or its freshly squeezed juice.
Lemon favors liver functions and strengthens the immune system. In addition, its vitamin C participates in the synthesis of collagen, a basic protein of connective tissue.
14. MASSAGE TO REDUCE DARK CIRCLES AND BAGS
Lack of sleep favors the stagnation of liquids under the eyes, in the form of bags and dark circles.
To facilitate its drainage, you can gently tap the area with your fingertips and also apply a specific gel for the eye area. , which illuminates and decongests.
15. REVIVE YOUR COMPLEXION IN TWO GESTURES
After washing your face and drying it, you can apply a revitalizing treatment that blurs the marks of sleep, reduces puffiness, and awakens fatigued skin
Then it is essential to apply a moisturizing cream that nourishes and protects.