A Foolproof Morning Routine for Relaxation, Energy, and Focus

If you’re like most people, your weekday mornings are a whirlwind of blaring alarms, screeching kids, and rushing around. If you want to take the stress out of your mornings and start your days relaxed, energized, and focused, try incorporating some of these tips into your routine:

First, See the Light

Your body naturally responds to light by making you feel more alert. If you can sleep with your curtains open, the morning light will help you wake up gently – maybe even before your alarm goes off!

Of course, it works the other way as well. If the light outside is too bright, you might have trouble sleeping at night. If that’s the case, close the curtains at night, but be sure to throw them open first thing when you wake up to soak up that morning light.

If it’s still dark out when you normally wake up, you might consider investing in a wake-up light for easier morning rising.

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When You Wake Up, Drink a Glass of Water

We don’t need to go over water’s innumerable health benefits here. The important thing is, in addition to all the other good stuff water does for your body, some people find leaving a glass of water on their nightstand and downing it the moment they wake up helps them feel alert faster.

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Get Out of Bed and Stretch It Out

A good, controlled stretch will help relax your muscles, get your blood flowing, and wake you up. It can also help protect against the bad posture just about every desk jockey suffers from. You can stretch the moment you roll out of bed, in the shower (carefully!), or after you get dressed.

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