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What To Do After Waking Up To Start Your Day Right?

By Dixit Arora +2 more

You’re a busy person, there is a tonne of duties that have to be carried out right from when you wake up in the morning. And that’s completely understandable. But, before you get cracking with the day’s tasks, there is a simple to-do list that you must check off if you want to make the best of the day.

What To Do After Waking Up To Start Your Day Right

Did you know?

  •  Waking up early has been associated with improved physical health and a lower risk of chronic diseases.Source:ncbi
  • People who wake up early are less likely to experience daytime sleepiness and fatigue. source: Source: ncbi
  • Waking up early can lead to improved cognitive function and better decision-making abilities.Source: ncbi
  • Teenagers tend to have a delayed sleep-wake pattern, making it difficult for them to wake up early.Source:sleepfoundation.org
  • Waking up early allows for more time to engage in hobbies and personal interests. source: lifehack.org

How to Start Your Day

These activities are curated to rejuvenate and refresh your body and mind. In this article, we give you the answer to how to start your day –

1. Water is a Must

First things first, drink a glass of water before you leave your bed. If possible, you should opt for lukewarm water. Either keep a thermos full of warm water by your bedside or go over to your kitchen and heat some water. Drinking water early in the morning is the best way to detox your body as it is sure to flush away the pathogens in your body when you urinate.

Planning your day ahead is a very essential habit and should be a part of your morning routine, it is as critical as hydrating yourself with one glass of water at room temperature.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D.

2. Get Some Sun

The best way to start the day is by basking in the sun. The early morning sun can do wonders for your health. The soft slanted sunlight is devoid of the usual harmful UV rays. And instead, it can ply you with loads of Vitamin D to make your bones stronger, boost your immune system, improve blood circulation, and help your body assimilate other minerals like phosphorus and calcium.

Besides, after 10-12 hours of nighttime darkness and artificial lights, your body craves exposure to natural light and this will naturally boost the production of endorphins or happy hormones.

3. Stretch Your Body

Sleeping all night will rejuvenate your body and brain but lying in bed all night without getting much activity stiffens all the muscles of your body and reduces the mobility of your joints and limbs. That is why it is compulsory to stretch the different parts of your body to ease out the tension and soreness in your muscles and joints. There are further benefits of stretching after waking up:

  • Relieves headache, anxiety and tension
  • Enhances your overall flexibility

4. Get Started With Some Early Morning Snacks

Midnight snacks may damage your health, but starting your day with a light snack is actually a good idea. It has been many hours since your dinner. And before it’s time for a heavy breakfast, it’s actually wise to let your stomach get used to some food with a small and healthy snack. Here are a few snack ideas for you to mull over:

  • A fruit smoothie
  • Yoghurt
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • A piece of brown bread toast with peanut butter smeared on one side
  • A handful of dry fruits soaked overnight or a couple of dates
  • A detox drink

5. Meditate for 10 Minutes

Meditation can calm your mind, get a better grip on yourself and channel all your focus and attention on the tasks at hand without getting sidetracked. If you squeeze in even 10 minutes of meditation in your early morning routine, you will reap the benefits throughout the day. If you are wondering how to start your day positively, then this is definitely one of them.

I have seen a lot of people skip breakfast due to various reasons. Skipping breakfast is biggest brain damaging habit. Nobody should skip a breakfast.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

6. Read for Half an Hour

Reading can include anything you want- a gripping novel that you can’t let go of, the news that will keep you abreast of the times, or a self-help book to keep you motivated. Reading in the morning is a way of enriching yourself before your workday begins. 

7. Prepare Your Routine

What better way of tackling your tasks efficiently than chalking out a meticulous routine for the day ahead. You can either do it in your head or jot down a to-do list. This way you will not skip or forget anything important.

8. Some Self-affirmation Will Help

If you are going through some trying times, it’s quite natural to feel gloomy and upset. You may even find yourself doubting your own capabilities. But losing faith is the surest path to failure. The  best way to start the day  is to tell yourself that you are a warrior and that you will take challenges one at a time and find solutions to all of them. Give yourself a mental high-five. This simple act can dramatically raise your confidence and efficiency.

9. Power up for the Day With a Healthy Breakfast

To be able to complete the daily tasks you need energy which is you must draw from food. Start your day on a healthy and positive note with a power-packed breakfast that helps break your overnight fast and keeps you going for hours. 

During the night, the body breaks down glucose which is stored in your body as glycogen, this is released into the bloodstream, which maintains blood glucose levels and keeps the brain in good health and working condition. But when you skip breakfast or do not have a healthy meal your body starts to break down stored fatty acids. When these fatty acids are broken down, it reduces energy levels. Some healthy breakfast choices you can make every morning to keep yourself in the best shape are porridge, whole grain cereals with low-fat milk/greek yoghurt topped with fresh fruits, overnight oats, spinach omelette, besan chilla, dhokla, crumpets with baked beans, poha, sooji upma, paneer stuffed parathas, shredded chicken wholegrain sandwich, boiled eggs with peanut butter toast and more!

Here are Some Benefits of a Power Breakfast:

  • Boosts brain power
  • Gives you a boost of energy
  • Helps you reduce weight 
  • Provides you with essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
  • Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity 
  • May prevent gastrointestinal disorders

These simple morning tips will help you be a better version of yourself. Planning on how to start your day shouldn’t be rocket science. To make time for them, you will need to wake up a little early, but we promise, it’s worth the inconvenience. 

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Mudita Marathe

Very well written article. The way the article revolves around really making sure the reader understands the benefit of having a good morning routine is really informative. Thankyou for such an amazing article Dixit Arora and pharmeasy.

Ashir Sahal

You are most welcome. Hope you found it useful.

Samba Siva Rao

Thank you It helped me in what to do after waking up early … well written