Five Tips to Wake Up Well
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. You’ve been asleep for eight hours, so your body is dehydrated. I always like to smash down one to two glasses of water the second I wake up.
You should always get into stretching. It’s kind of like your body’s been keeping all this stress and emotions inside your body – I like to look at the analogy of wringing out a chamois. Your body’s like a big chamois and it’s just absorbing all this bad stuff all day, every day.
- Stress at work
- Stress at home
- Stress around your friends or family
You know when you get up and you do those stretches, it’s like wringing out that chamois. It just gets rid of all that stress in your life. Plus it helps with movement. Being a tradie always having your arms up in the air, passing tools or doing long drives – I’d always get a sore back or shoulder. So I love to do a bit of stretching in the morning.
Meditation to me is about, you know, getting deep down inside your mind and just clearing out all the crap. Then finding that nice peaceful state inside your mind, so that all the other negative stuff and negative thoughts inside your head can slowly start to calm down. You get to find that bit of peace.
20 minutes of meditating is equal to four solid hours of sleeping, which is amazing. So, it’s a bit like resting for the mind. You know, quieting down all that chatter so you can make clearer, better decisions.
And it’s also for the benefit of the people around you. Hang around someone that doesn’t meditate that runs a business 14-15 hours a day and you can tell straight away. You can tell the type of life, the type of things that are going inside their head. Then you consider someone who meditates, they’re a better boss, have better systems and processes in place. They make clear decisions and don’t snap at people. You can tell the difference; it’s very very black-and-white.
4. Gym or Yoga
The second you wake up in the morning, your body’s cortisol shoots through the roof. That’s your stress hormone. So, the best thing to do is get up and just get it all out of your system. Go for a run. Get a sweat up. That’s the best way in the world to start your day.
Some people say their morning’s are already too busy and they’ll never have time. But I’m telling you right now, put aside that 15 or 20 minutes and just start getting into a habit of doing it. It’ll change your life. I always used to live in a reactive way where I’d get up and I’d run into the office at 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning – just because I have so much stuff to do. I would tell myself: I’ll go to the gym in the afternoon. But you’re just setting yourself up for failure. It translates to: if I have a good day then I’ll go to the gym in the afternoon.
With that mindset, I’d find I’d go to gym maybe once or twice a week. And that was out of pity, because I felt so bad about not going. This way, when you get up in the morning it’s kind of like eating the frog first thing. It sets yourself up. It doesn’t matter if you have a good day or a bad day, it’s always a good day because you’ve already been to the gym. You’re feeling on top of the world as you’ve got all that stress and crap out of you.
It puts you in a clearer state of mind and, I’ll tell you what, once you get into that optimum state you’ll never want to go back.
5. Big Breakfast
Have a big brekky. Make it something healthy. You might find after going to the gym or a run you’re not that hungry, but always try and get something down. I like to mix it up with a bit of a bowl of different types of nutrition. Whether it’s avocados, some eggs, some toast, some spinach, a little bit of lemon and some nuts. All sorts of stuff. Get creative. Make it fun. Make it nice and exciting for you and at the end of the day it’s healthy.
I’m telling you right now, if you put those five steps in place tomorrow and the next day and set yourself up for those habits – you just watch as your life transforms and goes to another level.