Waking up in the morning can feel like a daily trauma for many of us women. The daily morning routine for working women probably starts off something like this: The alarm goes off, you stumble around like a zombie to brew some coffee and then travel off to begin the work day.
And if you’re anything like how I was…you’re thinking…”Here we go again, another day. What do I have to get done…so many things to do”…and on and on the list goes.
But, how many of you look forward to waking up? Many of us classify our personalities ‘not a morning person,’ but we can change this around and look forward to getting out of bed and starting our day energised.
Almost every successful woman has a morning routine they stick to, in which has contributed to their success. It’s proven that by sticking to a morning routine, you’ll have more energy, be more efficient and help reduce stress levels. It’s about consistency and sticking to a routine that works for you.
I find this simple 35-minute routine to work best for myself, but it did take some trial and error. I’ll admit, I was not a morning person and had five alarms set seven minutes apart to get out of bed! But this short and easy morning ritual really helped energise my day and made me feel SO MUCH better.
Try this: Wake up tomorrow and replace your current ritual with these morning routine ideas. It only takes 30 minutes to supercharge your body and mind for a better day ahead.
#1 FIRST, Fuel your brain
No, don’t jug down your coffee and get a caffeine buzz! By fuelling your brain I mean, get good vibes going. When you wake up, play your favourite tunes while you do your morning basics like brushing your teeth and cleansing your face. Good music that you love will bring good vibes and help get you motivated to start the day.
Don’t go for the coffee just yet, try drinking two to three glasses of cold water first thing. You’ll release toxins in your body and boost your metabolism by 24%! It’s not easy to replace your first coffee with water, but you will get that ‘coffee buzz’ since water hydrates the body and keeps you more alert – just try it. Science shows that isn’t the coffee that wakes us up but just the consumption of a beverage. (I sip on just a little bit coffee afterward as a reward for drinking water. I love my coffee!)
If you’re coming to Creative Women Conference, leading UK Corporate Wellness Expert and our Keynote Speaker, Kate Cook will be talking about the importance of hydration and nutrition hacks for optimal productivity in the workplace.
Time: 5 minutes
#2 NOW, Get Some Exercise
Now, go for a walk or jog. If you’re near a beach, take your work out outdoors and get some Vitamin D! By walking or jogging, your endorphins will start kicking in which means a better mood and a better flow of energy. Waking up your endorphins will get you in a happy mood – it’s like a natural happy drug.
The good news is that it doesn’t take long to start feeling good and energised. Start out with 15 – 20 minutes. While you’re exercising, be mindful. Enjoy the moment you’re exercising and your surroundings. You can also focus on your today’s goals as well, and how you’re going to achieve them today. Circulation boosts creativity as you get the blood flowing throughout your body and helps wake up your brain. Science has shown that when we move around, like walking, for instance, we increase creative thinking by 60%!
Hence the reason why at the Creative Women Conference we’ve included morning yoga sessions to help revitalise the body and to get our mind’s prepared to learn.
Time: 15 minutes
#3 START To Mindfully Mediate
There a plenty of reasons to mediate but each type of meditation serves a purpose. Not all meditations have to be long and drawn out sessions. It’s an excellent idea when you have time to practice meditation as many successful women (and men) do mediate in their daily routines either before or after the workday. Start-up adviser and Meditation practitioner over seven years, Keynote Speaker, Tiffany Hart will explain why the most successful people are meditating and will also do a workshop on how to mindfully meditate to improve your business.
If you feel crunched for time in the morning, start with a small session of about five minutes. But do your meditation before you start tackling tasks. The goal is to live in the moment and stay focused in that moment for the entire five minutes. You’ll notice immediately a difference in your outlook on the current day and even in life.
Time: 5 minutes
#4 SET your goals
Finally, set yourself up for success. Now that you have a clear mind after accomplishing the initial 30 minutes of this routine, take three minutes and write down your goals in a journal or somewhere you can see them. These goals could be daily, weekly or whenever – there is no set time-frame. The point is that you acknowledge these goals and that you see them in front of you. By devoting these few minutes every day, you become more dedicated to achieving them and bringing them to fruition.
Time: 3 minutes
#5 BECOME more grateful
This may sound a bit cliché, but when you’re grateful for all the little things in your life or your business, the day seems to go better. I personally like to focus on things I’m grateful for while I’m on my way to work.
While you’re getting some positive energy flowing, start being grateful. Think or even jot down three things you are grateful for. In the beginning, you might feel silly, but you’ll notice that this helps you see the positive aspects and life that will uplift your morning mood.
Showing an attitude of gratitude helps promote positive energy and will fortify the reason you’re moving forward with your business. You can be grateful for your supportive team, partner, kids or business sales. The point is – just learn to be appreciative and really be thankful for everything you have (or will have in the future).
Time: 2 minutes
Get Your Morning Routine In-Check!
From my personal experience, I do this entire morning routine in mini-sessions as I get ready for work. For instance, I wake up and listen to music that puts me in a good mood while I prepare to walk to work. YES, I decided to walk in the morning to work since the office is a little more than 35 minutes away. I find that time is still on my side by walking since commuting to the office takes about 20-25 minutes anyways.
There are definitely plenty of morning routines out there to help supercharge the day ahead for success. Some morning rituals may be longer than others, and it really depends on how much time you’d like to devote to waking up with energy.
If you’re joining the Creative Women Conference, you’ll definitely learn how to structure a morning routine for success from our amazing speakers. These powerful women know the rough corners we all face in our companies and also incorporate morning routines to plan for a successful day ahead. Whether it’s getting tasks done, fuelling your body with the right nutrients, meditating for success, growing your business – it’s all at the Creative Women Conference happening 4- 7 May 2017. Over the course of the event, you can meet like-minded women and learn from leading women professionals from all types of industries. We’re combining business and wellness (not to mention a vacation) for all women that would love to network in the beautiful city of Paphos, Cyprus.
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