Working in finance is a high pressure industry and what the requires a person to be able to cope with such stress and have the right energy levels to push forward day after day. Throughout the years I have managed to create a morning routine which puts me in the best frame of mind, and the best physical condition, to be highly effective and ready for the day ahead.

If you are struggling with energy levels throughout the day and want to be more effective, here is a morning routine which you can try to get yourself fired up.

Routine

The first step is to make sure that you are waking up at the same time each day. The time itself is irrelevant, but you should endeavor to wake up at the same time every day, weekends included. What this does is train your brain so that it knows when it is time to be alert.

Coffee

As soon as I wake up, the first thing I do is head to the kitchen and fire the French press coffee maker up. I love making coffee with a coffee press because not only does it taste better, it also gives me a small challenge to complete first thing, ensuring that my brain is starting to shake off the fatigue.

News

Next up, I like to spend 15 minutes catching up on the daily news. I have set my news app on my phone so that it gives me the relevant news for the day and I like to catch up on this whilst enjoying a small cup of coffee.

Exercise

I absolutely loathe exercising in the morning but it serves me very well and makes sure that I have plenty of energy for the day ahead. Exercising in the morning also means that it is over and done with for the day.

Cold Shower

After my workout I take a cold shower, the perfect way of waking the body up and increasing blood flow through your body. This is not an enjoyable way of showering, but it is most definitely effective.

Small Bite

After showering and dressing, I will have a small breakfast consisting of fruit and yoghurt, and enjoy another small cup of coffee. I try to avoid my phone or computer whilst eating and instead think about what I am going to do in the day.

Meditation

The final step of my morning routine is a 10 minute meditation session. I love to meditate as it really helps to focus my mind and arrange my thoughts. Dealing with stress is difficult and if you can meditate on a  daily basis for even 10 or 15 minutes, you can really help yourself in terms of boosting your coping mechanisms.

Once I have finished meditating, I gather my things for work and then head out of the door with some happy and fun music in my headphones. I try to go for some funk music at this time of the day, the perfect way for me to get started with a spring my step.