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There are so many reasons behind one cannot wake up early in the morning. In some cases, it could be health-related issues or lifestyle habits. Laziness, lack of proper sleep, and tiredness are also some of the reasons that won’t let you become an early bird. Apart from these factors, another crucial reason why a person does not wake up in the morning is due to lack of motivation. If you don’t know how to become a morning person, following these tips will help you out.
Health Shots spoke to Himalayan Siddha, Akshar, a Yogi and founder, Akshar Yoga Research and Development Centre, who lists some tips that will help you harness your morning energy.
Akshar says, “Ayurveda and yoga are both great additions to one’s life to improve health and well being. Here are some points that you can incorporate to become an early riser and to get closer to your dreams with each passing day. However, these simple lifestyle changes may help one become the early bird that catches the worm.”
The first most important tip that Ayurveda gives us is that we must consume water first thing in the morning when we wake up. Drinking water when we wake up helps to flush the toxins out of the system and hydrate us. This process of hydrating yourself as soon as you wake up will help to clean your digestive system along with your teeth, tongue and flush out your body cleaning it completely.
As soon as you drink water and hydrate yourself the next best thing that you can do for your health is to exercise. Start your day with physical activity like taking a walk in nature. You can also practice this ancient spiritual yogic tradition also called mind walk, infinity walk, yoga walk, or Siddha walk. This is a process that requires you to trace the figure of 8 on the ground. First walk from south to north direction for 21 minutes and then reverse to walk the other way for 21 minutes.
If you are unable to walk due to some health reason, basking in the morning sun is the best way to become a morning person. In Ayurveda, it is considered a superb practice to absorb the powerful rays of the sun early in the morning. This healthy habit will provide your body with vitamin D and energize you for the rest of the day.
You can also incorporate any type of physical activity such as sports or holistic practices like yoga. You can perform Surya namaskar or Sun salutations early in the morning for numerous health benefits. Try to include breathing exercises like Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Anulom Vilom and Khand Pranayam. Depending on your level of fitness, you can either do an intense workout or design a gentle restorative practice that can charge you up for the challenges of the day.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is considered beneficial to start your day with a nutritious and heavy meal. Try to avoid any oily or processed or sweet-laden food and consume freshly cooked food only. Breakfast will fuel you up for the rest of the day. What you eat first thing in the morning will determine your energy levels and how active or sluggish you feel throughout the day.
After eating breakfast, do not immediately rush off for your work or to complete other responsibilities. Take at least 5 to 10 minutes to sit quietly and allow your mind to become centered for the day and the tasks that you have to complete. This will also aid in better digestion and help you to find your balance to have a productive day.
These tips will help you start your day in the best way possible but facilitate you to spend the rest of the day in mindfulness. Keep yourself hydrated through the day and ensure that you are able to live a life of balance whether it is work, play or rest.