It’s a well known fact that a good night’s sleep is an essential ingredient for an efficient and successful day at work.

Also, you are likely familiar with the benefits of incorporating appropriate exercise and diet regimen to boost your performance and help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

But what about morning rituals? Have you given it any thought?

There is a host of things you can do in the morning to enhance your focus, boost your energy, and improve your cognitive function.

There are some common methods successful people use to reach peak productivity. Here we outline some simple and powerful early morning routines that serve the goal.

Learn these tricks to reach your full potential. You don’t have to use them all at once, play around and see what suits you, but each one of them will do the trick.

1. Cold Water Morning Ritual

There’s nothing quite like the good old cold water face washing ritual to kick-start your morning. If you haven’t felt the benefits yet, you may want to try to prolong your face washing ritual. If you persist, cold water should make that dreadful early morning drowsiness subside.

It’s also a good idea to use your office washroom to repeat this ritual during the working hours. It’s good to freshen up a bit when you start feeling tired or distracted. Of course, as an employer, it should be a priority to equip the workplace washroom well and make it spotless.

This will prove your care for your employees’ health and well-being. Plus we shouldn’t dismiss the fact that working in a clean environment influences your employees’ productivity as well.

And you certainly don’t want to compromise your company image, do you? Fresh & Clean provides a hassle-free solution to keep your workplace hygienic and healthy.

2. Get Hydrated

Insufficient water intake can lead to short-term memory problems, brain fog and exhaustion. Thus make sure the first thing you put in your mouth is water. It will jump-start your metabolism, make you hydrated and more alert.

Some accomplished executives choose water over coffee first thing in the morning.

For instance, Kat Cole, president of Focus Brands, drinks 24 ounces of water each morning.

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and Birchbox Man chief Brad Lande start their days with a glass of hot water with lemon. So, don’t forget your water, it will return the favour.

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3. Get Up and Moving

Starting your day with a little bit of movement will lift your spirits and raise your energy levels. You can include a regular morning exercise routine to make your body and brain happy. Try out jogging or a set of convenient exercises to do in your bedroom, for example.

Any type of physical activity will boost your focus and make you ready-to-act. You can also take a bike ride or walk to the office instead of taking public transport.

Nonetheless, if morning is not a perfect time of day for you to workout, don’t be too hard on yourself. You can still do yourself a favour by doing a set of easy 5 minute stretching exercises, or choose steps over lift.

4. Whatever You Do Don’t Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can make you literally unable to perform your daily tasks. It can also trigger unhealthy snacking and overeating habits later on during the day. But how to choose the ideal breakfast that will put that brain cells to work?

Grabbing a junk-food package first thing in the morning isn’t the best idea, as you might assume. Sooner than later it will get you sluggish, nervous and craving more junk food.

It’s way better to opt for whole foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, etc.) and prepare your breakfast at home.

In case you’re not keen on spending your early hours in the kitchen, you can use the five ingredient rule. Zoom in on that food declaration and only buy items that contain the maximum of 5 ingredients.

If you need coffee to increase your alertness, go on and serve yourself, but do it after the breakfast. We did some research for you and here are some energy boosting foods to help you fuel up your mornings:

  • Protein-rich whole wheat meat, salmon or egg sandwiches
  • Bananas
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Oatmeal or granola
  • Mood-Boosting Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Hummus

5. Do a Short Breathing Exercise

Do a 5-minute breathing exercise as soon as you hit the office. It will help you gather your thoughts and sharpen your focus. Research shows that spending time in the fresh air improves health. It also does wonders with your concentration and energy levels.

Maybe you fancy going out for a walk in the park on weekdays or prefer a weekend hike in the woods.

But, if you are an employer you can also bring some nature to your workplace. Install Fresh & Clean’s oxygen-based air fresheners to your office. They will eliminate odours, reduce carbon footprint and make your office more pleasant.

Numerous studies have shown that scents can improve mood and generate pleasant emotions in humans.

The journal article The Use of Scents to Influence Consumers: The Sense of Using Scents to Make Cents reveal how ambient scents prompt immediate emotional responses in customers.

What’s more, sufficient indoor oxygen levels are proven to enhance working productivity. The beneficial effects of using scents in your office are obvious and manifold. If you want to make your employees and clients happy, and you most certainly do, with Fresh & Clean’s scents you have the winning combination.

Excitingly enough, Fresh & Clean also offers to take your business to the next level by creating your company’s own signature scent. A unique way to strengthen your brand, isn’t it? One thing’s for certain: don’t forget your employees and clients and they won’t forget you.

Investing a little into your healthy weekday morning routine will pay off in the long run. You can then sit back (or stand up) and enjoy the fruits: your health, success and sense of well-being.

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