This article first appeared in LatinaMoms.com
Need a little something to get your a.m. off on the right foot? A simple routine will help you improve your mornings and get up for a calm, efficient, and fulfilling day. Did you know that a good or bad routine can determine whether you’re going to be in a positive or negative mood all day long? Read on for five simple ways to help you rise and shine a little easier!
SIP LEMON WATER
Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an excellent way to get your body going. Lemons not only can lift your mood, but they also give your energy levels get a boost and helps reduce fatigue and anxiety. Upon waking up, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a glass, fill with warm water and drink.
CONNECT WITH YOUR KIDS
Your family’s morning routine can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, too. Take some time before heading off to work and school to connect with your kids, even if just for 15 minutes. Wake them with cuddles, have a conversation about the upcoming day, or involve them in the morning chores. Looking for opportunities to connect with your kids in the morning can brighten both your day and theirs.
If you want to start your day off on the right note, try starting your day by reading a favorite inspirational quote or by repeating an affirmation to yourself. Affirmations help you focus on your goals for the day and are a fantastic way to get your mind trained to think positive thoughts and push those overwhelming negative thoughts out of the picture.
Wake Up With Music
Get yourself up and moving with a morning playlist that will make your ears and mind happy. According to Huffpost.com, music not only can reduce stress but it can also make for a happier, more productive day. Listening to your favorite music in the morning can help put you in a good mood, which will then increase your energy and your motivation.
Even if you only have time for a few stretching exercises each morning, you will still start your day on a positive note. Creating an a.m. stretch routine can help improve flexibility, prevent aches and pains, and gets your blood flowing. Try these 5 stretches in the morning to awaken your muscles and get them ready for the day ahead.