Mornings can be rough, especially if you’ve had trouble sleeping. If you already use CBD products throughout the day, consider incorporating a dose into your morning routine. How you start your day might impact how the rest of the day will go.
What is your typical morning routine? Do you have a set waking time? Sometimes in the morning it’s a good idea to have some quiet time. That little bit of quiet time might help you get your plans in order for the day, including scheduling in when you’ll use CBD.
For some, a typical morning routine might be waking up to the screaming alarm clock and racing around to get out the door for work on time. You might have children to get ready for school – and that doesn’t always go as planned. It’s important to give yourself a few minutes to relax, collect your thoughts and decompress before the day even gets started.
Making a few changes to your morning routine might help you have better entire days and calmer mornings. We’ve got some tips to help you accomplish a quiet morning routine.
Why Morning Routines Matter
Why does it even matter if you have a morning routine? It gives you a bit of structure and helps you start the day off on the right foot. You might not think that having a morning routine with some quiet time in it is even important, but it is.
Some of the world’s most successful people have a morning routine that includes time for mindfulness. What does that mean? Meditation, quiet time, time for reflection, exercise and other relaxation techniques.
You might wonder what the point of relaxing before you even do anything is. If you know that you have a stressful day ahead that can impact your thinking from the start of the day because you’re already dreading the stress. So, start your day with relaxation, meditation and a healthy meal. The quiet time and healthy food might help you approach that stress from a different perspective and handle it differently.
Tips for Incorporating CBD into your Morning Routine
We’ve identified a few ways that might help you create a customized morning routine that suits your lifestyle. Of course, incorporating your first daily dose of CBD into a part of that routine is also suggested. Choose the option or options that work best for you, or give something new a try.
Try setting aside 15 – 20 minutes in the morning to meditate. This is just quiet time where you focus on centering your body and mind. It’s ideal if your meditation can be done when you are home alone. When there is a house full of people (spouse, children, guests, etc.) your concentration can be broken.
Your meditation routine can include light music, aromatherapy or other rituals.
Get Up a Little Earlier
Getting up 20 minutes earlier not only gives you more time in the morning so you feel less rushed, but it gives you time for an actual breakfast, meditation or a little exercise. When you’re not rushing the second you get out of bed, you’re more relaxed and this may help set the tone for the rest of the day.
If you’re up a little earlier in the morning, you might also have better sleep cycles. You might feel tired a little bit earlier, and that’s okay. It’s best to drift off to sleep when your body is ready and not force it so that you can achieve all 4 sleep cycles and rest comfortably. When you get a good night’s sleep, it might help your productivity and concentration throughout the day.
Chamomile or lavender tea in the evening with a dose of CBD is one way to start to wind down. These teas don’t have any caffeine since they aren’t really a “tea”. These “teas” are made from chamomile and lavender plants, which don’t contain any caffeine themselves. This is what makes these two options ideal for evenings and relaxing.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
It might be worth risking being a few minutes late to give your body a healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast should include whole grains, protein and fruit/vegetables. A bowl of oatmeal with a side of turkey sausage and fruit is sufficient – as long as you keep the use of sugar down for your oatmeal. Instead of using sugar or maple syrup, consider making a fruit puree the night before to flavor and sweeten your morning oatmeal with.
Right after breakfast is a good time to take a dose of CBD. Hemp CBD tinctures can be rich and having food on your stomach often works out better for a morning dose.
List 5 Items of Gratitude Before your Feet Hit the Floor
Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed. After you’ve stretched and turned off the alarm, grab your notepad. Write down 5 things that you are either grateful for or are inspired by. Then, read them out loud. Now you can get out of bed and start the rest of your routine.
This helps change your mindset from thinking about that big workload or important meeting and shifts it to things you are happy to have in your life. Shifting that focus, even just for a few minutes, may support improved production, focus and better reactions to stressful situations throughout the day.
Leave the Phone and Electronics Alone
A study in 2017 says that about 80% of people over the age of 18 check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. Are you part of that 80%? Instead of checking your phone, do something productive like make your bed, get in a little exercise or meditate.
Why is checking your phone upon waking a bad idea? Well, you could wake to a work email that might stress you out. You might go on social media and read a status that changes your mood. It might take time away from getting ready to tackle the day.
Instead of picking up your phone, consider getting everything else done, having breakfast and then check your phone.
Making a few simple changes to your typical morning routine or creating one might help you have better days. Should you schedule your doses of CBD? If you are a person that prefers routines and schedules, it might be a good idea. Otherwise, take your doses of CBD when you need or want to. If you need smaller doses of CBD throughout the day, take a look at our recent guide regarding microdosing CBD.