Creating a morning routine is one of the easiest ways to ensure you start the day on the right foot. And while it can be super tempting to hit snooze again... and again... and again... creating a morning routine that you actually look forward (sounds ridiculous, but we promise it's possible) will leave you in a better frame of mind for the rest of the day.
So, what if we told you that Alexa – yep, the smart speaker that everyone's talking about – could help? Here's how...
1. Wake up as nature intended
This first step may seem like a strange one, but we promise it has the power to completely transform the start of your day. Ditch that iPhone alarm (we all know the one) and wake up as nature intended.
How? Well, we propose investing in some smart bulbs, which can be programmed, using Alexa, to turn on gradually, gently rousing you from your sleep. This may sound a bit strange, but it's actually an idea rooted in comprehensive research. According to scientists and sleep experts, a gradual increase in light taps into our circadian rhythms and allows us to come round naturally. This is opposed to the abrupt wake up of a traditional alarm clock.
Significantly less stressful on the mind and body, this is the most essential step you can make when devising a new morning routine. Not sure about smart bulbs? The best wake up lights can achieve similar outcomes.
2. Let Alexa handle the basics
Convinced that you don't have time to implement a morning routine beyond chucking your clothes on, brushing your teeth and grabbing a slice of toast to go? Think again. If you're serious about starting your day in the right way, we promise you'll be able to find time. And why not enlist the help of Alexa to make mornings more efficient?
This could be something as easy as scheduling Alexa to update you on the weather forecast or the local traffic as soon as you wake up, so you can figure out what to wear and the best route to work. Or, it could be something more sophisticated. We're thinking programming Alexa to turn off your heating and lights, as well as raising your blinds without you having to lift a finger.
3. Get motivated in the morning
Ask Alexa to play a speech, podcast or even some music in the morning to get you fired up and ready to face the day. It's a small thing, but listening to something that inspires you as you're getting dressed could be all it takes to improve your mindset.
4. Try to move your body
Making time to move your body is a great way to start your day. Not only can it help improve your overall fitness, but the hit of endorphins will leave you in a better frame of mind as you seek to tackle the rest of the day. Guess what, Alexa can help there too.
We'd recommend downloading 7-Minute Workout if you're short on time – it talks you through easy exercises you can complete from home, without any gym equipment.
5. Cook something tasty
It's a cliché, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you haven't been eating anything, up until this point, now is the right time to do so. Even if it's just a banana. Find breakfast inspiration below: