Our morning routine proceeds in almost exactly the same way for the vast majority of us. But few would have guessed that all you have to do is add a few simple yet highly effective activities to it and the start of your day will become much easier.
We at Bright Side have picked out five useful morning rituals that we’ve often heard about but never tried ourselves.
1. Massage your ears
Massaging your ears can help you to fully wake up. This can be done early in the morning while you’re still lying in bed. Applying stimulation to the sensitive parts of the ear can have a positive effect on how energetic and lively you feel.
2. Drink a glass of warm water with lemon
There are many reasons why you should swap coffee first thing in the morning in favor of a glass of warm water. It will improve the work of your digestive system, kidneys, and intestines; it can help remove toxins from your body; it can strengthen your immunity — the benefits are clear to see. You don’t have to squeeze the juice from an entire lemon for one glass, though — a quarter is enough. If you decide to drink this, it’s a good idea to wait 20-30 minutes before having breakfast.
3. Clean your tongue
We all know that you should clean your teeth twice a day. But you shouldn’t stop there: a huge number of bacteria also accumulate on your tongue, and it’s this that can give you bad breath and can lead to dental plaque, tooth decay, and problems with your gums. In order to clean your tongue, all you need is an ordinary toothbrush. Just be careful not to clean it too hard, otherwise you could damage the surface of your tongue.
4. Eat a spoonful of honey
Honey fills you with energy, stimulates your memory and productivity, cures coughs, and eases allergy symptoms. For these reasons and more, starting your day with a teaspoon of honey is undoubtedly a good idea. Ideally, it should be fresh, natural honey, and you should consume it 10-15 minutes before having breakfast. If it’s too sugary for you, you can dissolve it in a glass of water — the effect will be much the same.
5. Wash your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide solution
You can finish off your morning routine by washing your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide solution. There’s nothing dangerous about this so long as you stick to the right ratio: 5-7 drops of a 3% solution for 50 ml of water. In addition, make sure you add the solution to the water rather than the other way around. This procedure can help whiten your teeth, get rid of bad breath, and heal and protect your gums.