Your morning motivation determines whether you can win the day. If you’re prone to starting off your day in a gloomy and stressed state, then you’ll be sure to benefit from the suggestions below. 1. WAKE UP ON TIME Waking up on time (or waking up early) is critical to starting your day positively and keeping your sleep cycle in check. Make a habit of waking up every morning at least 2 hours before leaving the house or starting to work. It will give you space and time to complete your morning routines, and you won’t need to worry about rushing around your home. Make a habit of waking up every morning at least 2 hours before leaving the house or starting to work. Morning should be time of mental and physical preparation for the day. Making a habit of early waking up will have a big impact on your productivity. If you often hit the snooze button, set your alarm and put your phone at least a few feet away from your bed so you have to get up to turn off the alarm in the morning. Another thing to consider is waking up at the same time every morning. That way you will allow your body to get in rhythm and do all the maintenance work in time before you wake up. After a while you will notice that you are waking up well rested all by yourself, without the need of an alarm, at the same time every single morning. 2. BRING IN THE SUN One of the first things you should do upon rising is to open your bedroom curtains to boost your early morning motivation. Light sends signals to your body that it’s morning and it’s time to wake up. Light and darkness trigger the release of different hormones by the brain. Darkness increases production of melatonin. Melatonin, also called sleep hormone, is a natural relaxant that helps you fall asleep. Whereas light and especially sunlight triggers production of serotonin. Serotonin brings about feelings of happiness, optimism and eagerness to act. So turn on the lights if the sun is not up yet and start with your morning routine. The human body clock depends highly on the sun and our exposure to it. When we wake up to sunlight, we will naturally feel more energized, and our body clocks will be set for the day ahead. 3. REHYDRATE. Hydration is essential, especially after hours of sleeping. Water can reduce calorie intake throughout the day, increase mental performance, and transport all the nutrients your body needs. Drinking enough water must be part of your morning routine. After a whole night without water your body is dehydrated. And the most important thing in the morning should be to drink enough water to recover. Make a habit of drinking 2-4 glasses of water first thing after getting out of bed and see how your body will improve. If you really have difficulty drinking plain water, try making flavored detox water, it’s a tasty and healthy way of staying hydrated. 4. ACTIVATE YOUR BODY Light workout is a great habit to incorporate in your morning routine. During sleep your body doesn’t move much and it can feel heavy and numb. Short workout improves circulation, activates body and brain, boosts metabolism and releases endorphins (feel good hormones). If you don’t have a habit of exercising do at least light stretches or 3 times 30 seconds running in place or jumping jacks. Anything to move that body little bit will do the trick. If you’re lucky enough to live close to a park, then you could walk around the park before going to work. Fresh air and exercise are an invigorating combination that will set the tone for your whole day. It is very important to warm up your body early in the morning and send fresh blood pumping. You will be amazed just how much your concentration will improve. 5. WRITE MORNING THOUGHTS A beneficial and rewarding morning practice is to write a list of things that you’re currently grateful for. These could be things such as your partner, your job, and your health. As much as it’s important to activate the body it is equally important to activate the brain. Most of us have a habit of starting the day by reading and importing new information in the brain and that makes it (brain) a little bit lazy. Instead of reading try writing your own thoughts. Make it a 15-minute morning routine. Write all your thoughts and feelings, write whatever is on your mind, good or bad, on a piece of paper. Point is to release your mind, so it is unburdened. There are so many benefits of writing morning thoughts. • activates your brain • brings your thoughts in order • clears your mind • boosts motivation It’s easier to focus on what is ahead of us when we let go of what is behind us. 6. EAT HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST Your habit must be to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast every morning, no excuses. You must fuel your body and mind for them to be in top form. Improvements you will feel and see will amaze you. You will have much more energy and your brain will work faster and be sharper.