Morning Routine for Greater Energy

Nothing gives you more energy in the morning like a great night’s sleep.

But if you didn’t get one, and even if you did but still want a little boost, here’s a great morning routine that I follow almost every day before I even have a coffee, that allows me to wake up quicker, feel more energized, and carry positivity with me throughout the day.

1. Take a cool shower

The first thing I do every morning is take a shower. I feel groggy all day if I don’t shower when I get out of bed. So that’s the first step.

But what gives you an energy boost is either taking a completely cold shower, or, do what I do, and take a warm shower but riiiight before you’re about to get out, slowly turn the knob cooler and cooler so your body has a little time to adjust, and then see how far you can go!

This not only jolts your body to wake up, but it helps you get out of the shower faster because you won’t be in warm and steamy water that you want to stand in all day.

2. Listen to music

I’ve already written about the power of music, but applied to your morning routine, listening to music, preferably some happy, upbeat tunes, really helps energize your body and mind and can set the tone for the day. Singing along, maybe dancing around a little while you get changed, are all things that can help wake you up and bring some joy and fun to your morning routine.

Nothing like a good endorphin release from a good song first thing in the AM.

3. Drink a glass of room temperature water

The next thing I do to give me added energy is to drink a full glass of room temperature water. Every night as a part of my nightly routine, I set out a glass of water so it’s ready for the morning.

Doing this boosts your metabolism and kick starts your body into action. It also gives you the much needed water your body is craving after not drinking anything in 8 hours. Hydrating first thing in the morning gets you an easy glass of water out of the way, and gets that digestive system moving for better daily internal health.

If there is the one takeaway you get from this post, make it this one. I swear by this and recommend everyone to try this step every day for a week and see how you feel!

4. Stretch

The next thing that I do (and admittedly don’t always get to) is a very short energetic stretch routine that allows my body to loosen up and give me a little boost before preparing to sit down for most of the rest of the day. Remember when doing these stretches – breathe deeply! Repeat this sequence for as many times as you please.

  • Yawn stretch – just like the way it sounds. Stand up tall, bring both arms over your head and then slowly lower them as wide as you can, giving a great stretch across your chest and through your back.
  • Forward fold – As you bring your arms down from the yawn, slightly bend your knees and continue bringing your arms down to reach toward your toes. Stay there for a little while slowly swaying back and forth, getting comfortable feeling your hamstrings elongate and your lower back stretch and tension in your lumbar spine release.
  • Downward dog – From the previous position, bend your knees generously to bring your palms to the ground. Step your feet back so you’re in a plank position with your arms in line with your shoulders. Then press and lift your hips up to form an upside-down “V”. Try reaching your heels as far down to touch the ground as you can.
  • Cat/Cow – Next, lower your hips and get onto your hands and knees with your back forming a flat table. Then, slowly press into the ground lowering your head and sending your back up high to create a “scared cat” looking pose. Then, send your back down, bring your chest toward the ground and lift your head out high so that your spine creates a “U” shape while continuing to press into the ground. Do this a few times.
  • Downward dog – Same as above!
  • Cobra – Finally, lay down completely with your arms close to your chest and your palms flat on the ground, then press up slightly so that your chest is elevated but your hips are still on the ground. Lift your head up high and breathe.

5. Smile all the way down the stairs

Here’s something that most people probably don’t do, but it’s such an important tip that can not only give you more energy in the morning, but create a positive mood to carry out the entire day.

Every morning when I walk down the stairs to head out the door, I make sure that I force myself to smile as big as I can and give myself a mental pep talk including things like “Today is going to be a great day and you’re going to kill it”. Oftentimes when we walk down the stairs (or go down the elevator) to leave our apartment building or house, we do the opposite of this. It’s often a time of brief dread and thoughts of “I don’t want to go to work” or other similar lines.

Walking down the stairs also can literally feel like we’re walking down in mood, into another world that’s filled with stress and work, and down from the comfort of home (i.e. your bed). So forcing a smile and positive words as you walk down the stairs flips this completely on its head and sets the pace for the day, energetically and with your mood.

6. Energetic breathing on your commute

The final thing to do to bring in as much energy as you can for your day is to practice energetic breathing. Overtime, our bodies start to breathe shallower instead of deep, full, meaningful breaths that we are meant to take.

So on your commute to work every morning, I challenge you to take very deep breaths expanding your rib cage and all the way into your diaphragm and belly. Sit or stand with good posture and focus on your breath and turn it into a meditation. You can do this while listening to music, reading a book, or looking out of the window of the bus.

This helps your nervous system to remember to take fuller and more energetic breaths and give life to your body through deep breathing. And this doesn’t have to stop after your commute. As you begin to practice more and more (because you will likely get a little light headed after doing this for a few minutes and need to take a break) you will find that you will naturally start to breathe deeply and more energetically.

If you give this routine a try, I promise you that you’ll feel more energized before you’ve even had your coffee. Practicing this every day will help create a routine centered around an energetic and positive start to your day and promote strength, health, and happiness each and every morning.

Stepping out of the shower: a metaphor for life

Here’s a little concept I came up with about a year ago or so that I have really tried to live by ever since. It’s by no means profound but it does shed light where light is needed and can put things in a very relatable context.

Stepping Out of the Shower

Pretty much all decisions, actions, and situations in life can be boiled down into one very (at least hopefully) routine part of our day – getting out of the shower. Hear me out.

Every morning, or night, we all are in the shower and all have that moment of temptation to stay in the warm water for juuuust a bit longer. Sometimes, some of us give in and we just stand there. We’ve already finished bathing, we literally just stand. Thinking about, really nothing, just enjoying how the water feels on our bodies.

This is dangerous. 

While sometimes our lives call for a bit of relaxation and hesitation before stepping out into the world, getting into a routine of prolonging something that doesn’t have to be stretched out can be harmful to our lives and our relationships. The job has been done, you are clean. What that moment of weakness is really just a selfish and quite wasteful moment that is one less minute which you can be starting your day, getting ready for work earlier, having the time to eat breakfast.

I’m not saying this is ALWAYS a bad thing. It’s really not. But you should plan for this. Get up a little earlier so you can take a slower shower and enjoy it. Do something to allow yourself more time in the shower, because if you don’t, you’re only sacrificing precious time that you could be starting your day and getting to where you need to be, or being with the ones you care about.

So the greater picture here is that this minute or two of doing nothing for the sole purpose of not wanting to go out into the cold bathroom and cold tile represents a lot of our situations and difficulties we face. We often hesitate in the face of doing something we know will be difficult. Hesitate before doing what we know we want and have to do, but won’t necessarily give us immediate satisfaction (like the satisfaction of a minute under beautifully warm water). I urge you to step out of the shower. To recognize that the procrastination in your efforts and the unpleasantness of doing what you need to do right now will soon be over with a warm towel and a few-second cold walk from the bathroom to your bedroom and into your clothes. If you find yourself continually taking that extra minute in the shower, continually hesitating and procrastinating, chances are you don’t like what you’re doing or what you have to go to. You should be excited to start your day, you should be motivated to get out there and get after it. And if you don’t feel this way, change what it is you’re stepping out of the shower to go do

Because the sooner you step out of the shower, the sooner you start your day and begin productivity. The sooner you face your fears and tackle your daily obstacles, the more time you’ll have to bask in the glory of a job well done.