The morning routine can pay serious dividends if executed properly. You should have a couple goals for your morning routine. Firstly and the most obvious is getting up. The more consistent you make your wake up time the better. You should wake up at a time where you can get your morning routine accomplished and still be on time for your first obligation of the day.
Your second objective for your morning routine should be some type of grounding or presence finding. I, like many find meditation to be very helpful. I like to meditate immediately after showering. Meditating on an empty stomach is usually the best practice. The importance of meditation is taking time for yourself and to find a sense of presence. Presence meaning living in the present moment.
I have found meditation to help in productivity and efficiency. It allows me to have the ability to focus on one activity at a time. Giving me the concentration to do it to the best of my abilities. Meditation also reduces the amount of reactive emotional decisions. It allows me to take the time and think out the best course of action to take.
Third is your nutrition. I believe in getting at least something in your body to start the day. My stomach is ready to go right from when I wake up so I usually have three eggs with avocado and rice cakes. Followed by a kale shake with a scoop of vegan protein. I use vegan protein because I feel it digests better. My breakfast is relatively heavy and may not work for all individuals.
For people who feel they can’t eat the first couple hours of the day, I recommend shakes. Start with a base of dark leafy greens, and add whatever you wish from there. Try to avoid any high sugar items, and try to include some fats as well. I use coconut oil but it does not have the most desirable taste. Almond butter or peanut butter are good substitutes. I like to incorporate fats in my shake so I feel fuller longer and I am not as tempted to consume empty carbohydrates.
I also recommend having at least 30 grams of protein in your breakfast. The video below gives some detail on it. I take no credit for this trick but have found it has been very effective for myself and friends I have recommended it to. The protein stimulates your metabolism and starts fat burn earlier in the day, helping with weight loss and decreasing body fat percentage.
Your morning routine is more about consitancy then achieving a luandry list of objectives. You want to give your body and mind a similar platform to work with each day. Morning routines are a great interest to me and would love to hear from the readers on what they find works best for them.