The 3 Best Ways To Kick Off Any Morning Routine
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re high maintenance for having a morning routine. According to science, a morning routine just might be the answer to daily mindfulness and overall improved wellbeing.
Why? Because kicking off your morning in an organized manner influences your energy and productivity for the rest of the day. One study showed that people with a strict morning routine even out-earn those without a routine by $12,500 a year! *sets alarm to the sound of a cash register*
At Beam, we’re all about making the most of the day by fully maximizing our mornings with routines that enrich our minds and nourish our bodies.
Here are 3 morning considerations for a routine that yield major benefits with little-to-no effort.
1. Wake up at a consistent time every day
Forget pressing “snooze” on your alarm!
In 2020, it’s safe to say we all have learned the correlation between a good night’s sleep and a resilient immune system. However, good health goes beyond sleep itself, having everything to do with when and how we wake up as well.
Waking up at the same time every morning reinforces our circadian rhythm, which benefits more than just our dreams. Circadian rhythm promotes better balance for the body as a whole, keeping our hormone production, digestion, and metabolism in balance. When you sleep better, you wake up better, which helps you feel better (and make better choices) throughout the day.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Most people have their morning cup of coffee in their hand before they’ve even had a chance to open their eyes from their previous night’s slumber. Listen, we get it. Waking up is hard to do!
While coffee might provide an immediate rush or energy, it is actually pretty dehydrating. And after (hopefully) eight hours of sleep, your body is already pretty dehydrated when you wake up.
Drinking one-to-two glasses of H2O first thing in the morning instantly helps to rehydrate the body, flush out toxins, increase mental alertness, and jumpstart your digestion.
Adding Beam’s Elevate balance to your morning water routine not only helps you rehydrate faster (and sustain better hydration throughout the day), but it also supplies your body with digestion-loving prebiotics and probiotics.
Beam tip: we’re not saying you can’t have your morning cup of joe. We recommend consuming Elevate balance 15-30 minutes before kicking off your usual morning routine (coffee or not!) so the prebiotics and probiotics can be most effective in supporting healthy digestion for the rest of the day.
3. Long or short-form journaling
You know that feeling when your alarm goes off and you find yourself immediately grasping for your phone (and your chest) in a state of panic? What a great way to start the day, right?!
As basic as it sounds, journaling is an incredible and accessible way to self-regulate in the morning.
When you journal, you’re able to manage your mental health, track your feelings, and compartmentalize your daily anxieties and fears. Whether you’re committed to five-minute bullet journaling or prefer emptying your mind onto three-or-more pages, journaling has been scientifically proven to lower mental distress, anxiety, and depression while improving overall wellbeing over a long, sustained period of time.
If the thought of finding a journal prompt stresses you out, our very own Erin Bailey, Beam’s Director of Community, offers daily guided writing prompts straight to your inbox from the daily writing dose. Starting your day off with thoughtful questions will encourage mindfulness for the remaining 12-15 hours you’re awake.